I'm 21 and about to graduate from a local University with my Bachelors in Sociology next semester. I've wanted to become a police officer for quite some time now, and at the moment my confidence is pretty shot. I applied with the local PD this year and I got pretty far along in the application process, but a few days ago I was disqualified because of my previous history with marijuana, which was pretty extensive throughout my teenage years. I won't get into details, but I never sold it, never used it before/during school, work, or driving. It was really just a weekend thing I'd do with my friends. I haven't touched it in three years and I'm happy without it. I talked to some local officers about my situation, some of whom said I'm a terrible person and should never apply to any law enforcement agencies again. I think they are being ignorant in making such harsh judgments after not even knowing my full story. Others were more understanding and said I need to put more time between me and my drug usage. This makes sense, however I don't think any amount of time less than a couple decades would actually be considered redeeming of my poor behavior as a teenager by any Police Department. So I'm left with this problem... I still want to be a police officer, but I can't apply anywhere for at least 4 years and I have very high chances of never getting hired anyway. It's pretty clear that I need to find a new path, but I have no idea what I want to do. I'm thinking I'll start graduate school in 2010 after a year off from college. In the mean time, I'll find a full-time job somewhere once I graduate and build up good credit, live on my own (currently live with my family), and just try to enjoy my life as much as possible. I've got hobbies and I like people, so I won't get bored. I just don't feel any real interest in other careers at the moment. Feel free to share experiences or give me advice.