Thursday, July 8, 2010

I Wish I May, I Wish I Might...

I'm so excited to be joining in with my first writing assignment!

Mama's Losin' It

I have to admit, it was hard to pick just one time when I wish I'd done things differently! There have been lots of times when I could have handled things differently or made better decisions.

One thing that I would love to change is college. I went to college for two years after high school, but I really had no clue what I wanted to do with my life. I started out as an elementary education major, but realized within weeks that I was not cut out to be a teacher. I changed my major to psychology next, planning to do child psychology…until a friend made me realize that if I was a child psychologist, I would end up needing to see a psychologist myself. After that, I settled on being an English major. Everyone would ask me, "So you want to teach English?" I was quick to reply, "No." They would look at me and ask, "So what do you want to do?" I responded with all of my 18 year old wisdom, "I don't know…but I'm an English major."

Just after finishing my sophomore year, my then boyfriend proposed…and we've been married almost 10 years now. I quit college when we started planning our wedding, and I don't regret it. I didn't know what I wanted to do as far as my career went, so there really was no point in continuing at the time.

Fast forward to the present day. I am once again a college student, this time taking perquisites to enter the dental hygiene program. I wish - oh, how I wish - that I had considered a program like this straight out of high school. Within three years of graduating high school, I could have started a great job with a great income. Our early married years would have been so much different! I wish I had spent more time researching stable careers with good incomes rather than just trying to find something I enjoyed studying. I wish my family had talked to me about two year degrees instead of pushing for a four year degree or nothing.

Although I wish I had done things differently then, I'm glad on a career track now. I'm excited about launching a new career…I just wish it hadn't taken me so long to figure out what I want to be when I grow up!


Asashia said...

Hello from your newest follower! I found you through Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop---my post will go up tomorrow.
Though you wish you had done something different, I believe you're a better person for learning so much about yourself on the journey to get here.

Kristen T. said...

Oh... don't you wish we could just pinch our younger college selves? "So what are you going to DO with that degree???" Think JOB young lady!

Anonymous said...

Hey.. Clicked over from Mama Kat's.
I'm lucky my parents pushed me to go to school, a one year program to become a legal assistant. Now, I work for a law office (but as a bookkeeper) but would have never gotten such a cushy job if it wasn't for school, and it only took a year! :) And I've been at the same well-paid job with the same awesome boss for six years now. But, I agree it's so hard to decide what to do when we grow up. I wanted to be a librarian or lawyer, but wasn't willing to do the schooling (who knew it was a 4-year program to be a librarian!)

hlc said...

Hi, from an English major! I actually went through with the teaching part and after a few years end turned to being a technology resource teacher. :) One of my close friends is a dental hygienist and loves it-- good luck to you!

Coma Girl said...

Hi from a fellow English major who also struggled with that I wanted to do (didn't want to teach either).

Good luck with your dental hygiene program!

Erin said...

Oh congrats on going back to college! That's awesome!

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