I wanted to get some thoughts and opinions on my potential application to one of the three-lettered federal agencies, as it pertains to Guideline D. I have not submitted any initial application yet. A little bit about me: I am 27 years old, turning 28 in less than a month. I am currently a full-time graduate student. I don’t have a drug history, nor do I have a history with alcohol. I don’t have a criminal record, nor do I have any mental or psychiatric issues. My finances are in order - my credit score is 790+ and I am financing my graduate education without taking out a student loan (I do have a small amount outstanding on my undergraduate loan but I’ve been paying it off regularly). The only issue regarding my background is that between October or November 2016 to August 2017, I visited a massage parlor in my area 6 times, where sexual acts occurred. I wish I had a good reason, but I don’t. Chalk it up to stupid decisions and immature thinking. I was unmarried (and still am) and I was not in a relationship during the time. None of my friends know about this, including my girlfriend, though I am willing to tell them if that would be a mitigating factor. I haven’t gone since and I have no desire, urge, or impulse to ever go again. I am upset and frustrated at myself for making such dumb decisions, particularly because it just wasn’t characteristic of me. I wish I could go back in time and change it, but it is what it is.
So there you have it, guys. What do you think? Do I still have a shot or should I scrap the idea of applying? I’ve been on the fence as to whether I should even bother applying or not, so any type of clarification, advice, or opinions would be much appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to read this!