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This summer I completed a performance-based admissions program at a North Carolina law school. From talking with people who had been through the same program (some passed and some did not), I was advised not to trust anyone, to study alone, etc. Needless to say, I was not looking forward to the experience. More to the point, I enjoy my close friends, and the lack of which was not something I looked forward to.

Fortunately, the law program was not as I had been told. Yes, the work was intense, demanding all hours of the day and night, but I enjoy learning and was completely at home. At the end of the seven-week period, admission to the fall term of law school is determined by the results of two exams. My intentions were to abstain from cigars until after exams; then I would celebrate with a fine cigar. Unfortunately, upon completion of the exams I knew there was nothing to celebrate. It would be two weeks before I received the official results, but I knew.

It is ironic that though I didn't get into law school this fall, I still aced the summer program because I proved the naysayers wrong and left the experience with a truly remarkable friend.

A few days after the dreaded letter arrived, I went to spend a few days with my friend, Steve, and his girlfriend, Barbara. (Steve was accepted and I plan to improve my skills and reapply). It was just like old times for he and I. It seems as if we have known each other for years, and Barbara is simply the greatest.

During the drive to Steve's I realized that there was a reason to celebrate after all, so I stopped at a tobacconist to buy my favorite Arturo Fuente cigars. To my dismay they were out, so I had to settle for another brand that I buy when this problem arises. After dinner on the last night of my stay, I asked Steve to join me for a cigar on the veranda. He had never smoked a cigar before but appreciates the finer things in life and was thus eager to savor the experience. As I mentioned, the cigars were not my first or even second choice, but I never enjoyed one more than I did that evening.

Sam Middleton Jr.
Laurinburg, North Carolina


Dear Marvin,

Thanks so much for your in-depth article on Arnold Schwarzenegger. I am one of his biggest fans and it was great to learn some new things about his pathway to success. I found your article to be engaging, objective and straightforward. Keep up the good work!

Maria Kelly
Bronx, New York

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