Hi, I am an Elementary Education major and english minor in college and I am seriously considering applying for peace corps during my senior year.My main concern, however, is my past history.
My freshman year of college there was one incident that could raise many red flags. One night I was drinking with some friends and returned to my house (I live in a sorority) and my advisor was present. I was supposedly saying suicidal things and so, as a nurse at the local hospital, she took me in.
Now, I'm sure in the hospital records it lists both alcohol abuse and suicidal tendencies, both of which are Peace Corp concerns. Police were also called (small town probs) and I was going to be given a MIC but the prosecutor changed it to a disturbing the Peace misdemeanor and sent me on my way with a small fine. Because my university heard of the hospital thing, however, I was required to attend 3 mandatory counseling sessions with a school counselor. She evaluated me and not depressed or suicidal, but told me this would still go on my medical record.
So, essentially, one night's mistake has turned into a long nightmare for me and I'm wondering if I have a chance at being accepted into the Peace Corp. I do have a lot of volunteer service, and have done several mission trips. Has anyone else had any problems like this and were you accepted?