What I want to be when I grow up

The actor Tom Hiddleston once said in an interview, “God laughs at our plans.” When people ask me what I want to do, my mind always turns to that quote.

The truth is that I have not honed in on one specific career because in reality, people change. I have been able to talk to many professionals across several fields, and it seems to me that the most successful never stay in the same place; they jump from job to job when opportunity knocks.

In high school, middle school, and even elementary school, the one question that was always asked was “what do you want to be when you grow up?” It was never really acceptable to say “I don’t know,” so even as a child the search for a career was on. By High School I had decided that my passion was for animals and that I wanted to be a veterinarian. I have certainly changed.

All through my school years teachers have noticed my writing skills, and while I always loved reading and writing, it just never seemed like a real career that I could actually pursue. It was just a hobby.

During my freshman year of high school, my English teacher, Mrs. Rausch had noticed my skills. She encouraged me to pursue writing and even told me that I would be good as a Supreme Court Judge. At the time, I did not listen because I still intended to go to veterinary school. However, by the end of my sophomore year, I began to realize she was right. I had taken Chemistry and realized that although I still had straight A’s, I really struggled with science and did not enjoy it. I could not imagine studying that for eight years in college.

So I took a step back and looked at the classes I had naturally been drawn to.

At the beginning of my sophomore year, my English teacher collaborated with the publications teacher at my school, Mrs. Bunka and the two tag-teamed me to join as a member of the yearbook staff. That one decision has changed my life forever.

Yearbook became my hobby, my passion, and my home. As one of the top three books in the nation, the work we did was near professional quality and multi award winning. I started as a writer and absolutely loved it. The next year I worked my way up to being an editor and my final year I became editor in chief of the book. I worked at least 15 hours a week every week on the publication, I travelled to Lansing, Minneapolis, and New York for workshops and awards, I made the publication the best it could be. I won several national and state awards and even received the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association’s Student Journalist of the Year award, meaning I was the top high school journalist in the state.

My experience in high school showed me that writing was my passion, and that the place where you really belong, you might not even know exists. I take this philosophy to heart with me as I pursue my undergraduate degree. I know that I love writing, so I will pursue that along with whatever other things spark my interest. I have looked at internship programs and study abroad as well.

In short, I do not have a straight path I am aiming for. My goal is to make myself as diverse as possible. I will pursue whatever interests me and try and see where opportunity takes me. I know there are hundreds of jobs out there I would love, and hundreds more that I do not even know about yet. After all, opportunity is not really something you can pinpoint, you have to wait for it to knock before you can answer.

 

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