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episode • rejected • factor
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  1. Your marketability for getting a job is an important to consider when you are choosing what to study.
  2. He always gets very anxious before he has an .
  3. My grandparents six children under the age of ten.
  4. You may just have to learn to some of the things you want to change about yourself.
  5. She him when he asked her out on a date.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

1209 Mixed Emotions
Daniel talks about being both sad and embarrassed and learning to control his emotions.

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I had an episode when I was really sad.

Here, 'episode' refers to an incident or period of time when Daniel was really sad. Notice the following:

  1. You just have to leave him alone if he starts having one of his angry episodes.
  2. It's hard to watch when older people start having episodes of forgetfulness.


I was rejected from that school.

'Rejected' is the opposite of accepted.  Notice the following:

  1. Her book was rejected by a number of publishers before she found one who would say yes.
  2. I don't think anyone should be rejected from a study abroad program.


There are other factors you have to consider.

A 'factor' is a small element or part of something larger. For example, if you are looking for a good school, the factors you have to consider are location, cost, education, etc. Notice the following:

  1. How long it will take you to get to work is an important factor to think about when you are looking for a new house.
  2. When voting, some people get very focused on just a few factors.

live with

After getting rejected, I had to learn to live with it.

If you learn to 'live with' something, you accept it and change your life in such a way that you can be happy with your new situation. Notice the following:

  1. When you get older, you realize that you have to live with the decisions you make.
  2. It is hard to live with guilt if you feel responsible for something.


You need to learn how to handle things when you face them.

The way you 'handle' something is the way you manage, deal or cope with it. Notice the following:

  1. It is very difficult for people to handle it when loved ones die.
  2. I don't know how you handle a house as big as this one.