If academic failure is an early part of my "tell me about yourself" answer, how do I keep that from casting a long shadow over me in an interview?
Mark's examples in the "Tell Me About Yourself" podcast (part of the Interviewing Series) started with where he grew up, so my parallel would include the fact that I moved to Houston for college -- but I never finished that degree. Instead, I failed out more than once.
That was the late 1980s, so it's not necessarily relevant to what I can do for someone today (I have completed a bachelor's degree and an MBA since then), but I'm worried that a negative "he failed out of school" impression will linger over me, no matter what lessons I learned from it.
Should I just leave it at "I didn't finish" for other reasons, like lack of money (all my scholarships went away), should I tell the failure story, or should I present this some other way?