Deciding what you want to do when you grow up is HARD! #adulting is sometimes rough. At 18 I had no idea who I was or what my passions were. I took a little detour and put college off for a couple of years after high school.
When I had some experience working in dead-end jobs, I finally decided to go to college. I realized there was no room for advancement and I would be stuck saying “Hi! Welcome, how many tonight?” for the rest of my life.
I started taking a few classes at Salt Lake Community College and wanted to go into the nursing field. Looking back, I am not sure why I was even considering this career. I HATE blood, am bad at science, and can’t handle the smell of vomit and diarrhea.
I took all my generals for the nursing program and put my whole life into it. Anatomy, Biology, and Chemistry sucked the life out of me. I never wanted to hang out with friends and just wanted to study flash cards 24/7. It was exhausting.
After taking Anatomy I realized that nursing wasn’t for me. What was I going to do now? I had a bunch of math and science credits. I didn’t want to start all over. I applied to the Radiology Technician program because it seemed I wouldn’t be dealing with blood as much and I had enough credits to apply. I ended up getting in but last minute decided not to pursue that career path.
What was I going to tell my family and friends? They had watched me work my butt off to get into the program. I had pictured my future working as a Rad Tech and was excited at one point. I didn’t want to have to work in a hospital for the rest of my life. Declining my acceptance to the Rad Tech program was one of the hardest things I have had to do. I had no plan, no passions, and felt like I had failed in some way.
I took a semester off and applied to the University of Utah. During my semester off I started my fashion & lifestyle blog. Fashion has always been my passion but I had lost that part of me for a while.
I met with an academic advisor and she talked to me about marketing & advertising. I decided to take a completely different direction and start to pursue a degree in Strategic Communications. I love my classes now and can totally use the skills I am learning in my daily life.
Looking back, I have no regrets with not pursuing a degree in the medical field. I am happy where I am now and the dream I am chasing. I love my job, blog, and classes I am taking. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
If anyone is struggling with this topic, send me an email and I will be happy to chat more with you!