This is something that I have personally been struggling to figure out.
In July 2020 I was arrested for an OWI (dropped down to OWVI) while driving home from a work tubing trip, where we were drinking while floating down the river, and I exhibited incredibly poor judgement and made a terribly selfish and ignorant mistake at the time by driving myself home. I am not personally a heavy drinker. At the time of the arrest, I would normally at most split a can of hard cider with my wife. It was more of a social peer pressure problem that I have since identified and moved on from while continuing to remain sober and removing myself from the people and situations where I would want participate in social drinking.
I had already graduated from my undergrad program in 2017, and at the time of the arrest I was starting a DIY post bacc, registered as an undergrad but taking masters level classes, and even a couple of med school-ish level classes this winter semester.
My difficulty is understanding how does this arrest change my application timeline? I was planning on applying this current spring cycle (2021) but now I am wondering if I should wait another year? 2, 3, 4 years? Everywhere I look most people say that I need to put time and distance between my charge and application cycle. Would it be way too early to apply in 2022? Not enough time to show change/growth/maturity?
As someone that works in an ER/Level 1 trauma center, I should have known better. I know what I’ve done was a terrible, selfish, and ignorant mistake, and it took me a long time to learn to forgive myself for it. So please, don’t make any comments about how stupid it was to do what I have done.
Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.