I studied BS Bio first because I love it. It was one of my earliest dreams which crystallized sometime in Kindergarten. "To be a scientist!" (Lord knows at times, it changes to "I wanna be an Astronaut!") LOL. But then on my third year I began to realize what my chances really are in getting a job after I graduate. The opportunities for pure sciences here are scant. You'll most likely have to be a teacher. I looked around at my classmates and realized almost all of them were studying Biology for Med school. And if there was one thing I never wanted to be, it was a Doctor.
So despite my parents pleas not to and my quite stellar grades, I dropped it. Abandoned the romantic dream of being a researcher somewhere in the jungles cataloguing fascinating new species, or a paleontologist delicately brushing rock away from fossils... *sniff* Abandoned it for a lesser but still resonant dream: my love for art and computers.
And another roadblock, there were no art schools for computer graphics courses here. Or if there were, they were exclusive rich-kid schools with tuition fees that would leave you in debt for years after you graduate, not to mention the quality of that kind of education here is questionable. Eventually, I chose an associate degree in computer programming. A far cry from the BS Biology course, but still something I love.
In the end though, what I know now of the career I want to follow is self-taught. Accumulated after years of after school hours in front of the computer merging two interests: art and computers = 3d art. I'm now at a level where I can enter professionally into art for games. I've been contributing for about 3 years now for a small team of international game developers for free, developing our own original IP universe in making mods and games. We're currently part of the Epic's modding competition, the Make Something Unreal Contest 3, which has a totalf cash prize of $1 million and the rights to use the UT3 engine for developing our own standalone game. Already won a few of the early phases, but the final one will be this August.
And it's scary, because a lot of our dreams are hinged on this one. Dreams years in the making. If we win, we'd go commercial finally and finally get paid for our creations. But if this doesn't fall through... well... poop.
In the end, I knew what I wanted to do out of life without school. In some cases it's that way, like in 3d graphics, where the industry shifts so quickly that curricula cannot keep up with it, and schools mainly focus on the art side, rather than the techniques side. Still good to have a degree in it, but not essential. In other cases, you really have to be sure of the career path you want because you could be wasting years of your life in school for it and then change your mind (like I did).
I KNOW what I want to do in life. My problem is not that... it's where I am now in life. Thousands of miles away from the nearest studio which could hir me. Which sucks... hard. Blah!