Don't lie to yourselves

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    Apr 29, 2010 11:00 PM GMT
    Are you doing what you love?

    I went down a long path of decision regarding my career.. and I realized the other day, quite suddenly, I was fucking up. I have been a chem major for 2 semesters... and I just realized that's not what I want at all. Since I was a young kid (probably 4 or 5) I have been interested in design, and clothes. I went to the advisor and changed my major from chem to Fashion Merchandising /w business. I always wanted to, but I was hung up on being conceived as stereotypical, and not having a job.., but I realized if you really love to do something, and you're good at it, that won't be a problem. It feels great, almost like coming out.

    Don't lie to yourselves folks.
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    Apr 29, 2010 11:01 PM GMT
    Yes indeed. I knew fairly early on (18 ) and I'm still pursuing it. I was lucky, I think.
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    Apr 29, 2010 11:04 PM GMT
    <-- pilot -- childhood dream
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    Apr 29, 2010 11:09 PM GMT
    Yes, it happens.
    Good for you, finding out early.
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    Apr 29, 2010 11:11 PM GMT
    Veterinarian <--------- too late for me now
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    Apr 29, 2010 11:18 PM GMT
    I don't feel like it's early, the change set me back almost 15 grand. I'm so excited though, shit I posted it on this forum hahaah.
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    Apr 29, 2010 11:21 PM GMT
    Progress saidI don't feel like it's early, the change set me back almost 15 grand. I'm so excited though, shit I posted it on this forum hahaah.
    Woo hoo! I'm so proud of you!
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    Apr 29, 2010 11:28 PM GMT
    When I was a kid I wanted to be a fireman, but as I got older I realised I wasn't wanting to be a fireman I just wanted firemen..

    But yes I'm following what I love now.
  • Iluros

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    Apr 29, 2010 11:33 PM GMT
    They say the point of college is to discover (or realize) what you really like so that you can pursue that. Changing your major is very common.
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    Apr 30, 2010 12:13 AM GMT
    I'm a nurse... .that is about as stereotypical as one gay male can get on the professional level.
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    Apr 30, 2010 12:16 AM GMT
    I'm an artist...yaaaaaaaaay! Who cares that I make no money, Ima livin' mah dream y'all!
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    Apr 30, 2010 12:33 AM GMT
    Progress saidAre you doing what you love?

    I went down a long path of decision regarding my career.. and I realized the other day, quite suddenly, I was fucking up. I have been a chem major for 2 semesters... and I just realized that's not what I want at all. Since I was a young kid (probably 4 or 5) I have been interested in design, and clothes. I went to the advisor and changed my major from chem to Fashion Merchandising /w business. I always wanted to, but I was hung up on being conceived as stereotypical, and not having a job.., but I realized if you really love to do something, and you're good at it, that won't be a problem. It feels great, almost like coming out.

    Don't lie to yourselves folks.



    This is what I like to hear!

    I know that when you discover your passion for something you will really be successful. Don't pay any attention to anyone but you. Follow your heart and dreams. Be you.....

    I remember both my parents telling me how what I was going to do was not a good career option....Now, I employ many of my own family members....Hmmmm

    Times change, things go on...now your just at the beginning of something great.

    The arts have always been held true for me. I love being creative. I wish you and everyone here the most success at your passions in life.


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    Apr 30, 2010 12:37 AM GMT
    Progress saidAre you doing what you love?

    I went down a long path of decision regarding my career.. and I realized the other day, quite suddenly, I was fucking up. I have been a chem major for 2 semesters... and I just realized that's not what I want at all. Since I was a young kid (probably 4 or 5) I have been interested in design, and clothes. I went to the advisor and changed my major from chem to Fashion Merchandising /w business. I always wanted to, but I was hung up on being conceived as stereotypical, and not having a job.., but I realized if you really love to do something, and you're good at it, that won't be a problem. It feels great, almost like coming out.

    Don't lie to yourselves folks.


    Even if you have to fight, or work ridiculously hard for it.
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    Apr 30, 2010 12:40 AM GMT
    Right now I am not happy with what I am doing but it is satisfying for the meantime. I view my current job as a stepping stone to where I want to be later in life...
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    Apr 30, 2010 12:48 AM GMT
    Progress saidAre you doing what you love?

    I went down a long path of decision regarding my career.. and I realized the other day, quite suddenly, I was fucking up. I have been a chem major for 2 semesters... and I just realized that's not what I want at all. Since I was a young kid (probably 4 or 5) I have been interested in design, and clothes. I went to the advisor and changed my major from chem to Fashion Merchandising /w business. I always wanted to, but I was hung up on being conceived as stereotypical, and not having a job.., but I realized if you really love to do something, and you're good at it, that won't be a problem. It feels great, almost like coming out.

    Don't lie to yourselves folks.


    This is just a switch of majors, which about 99.9% of undergrads do. You aren't anything special. But, I'm glad you feel this is an accomplishment, rather than a benign, unremarkable contribution to a statistic. Delusion is frequently the signpost of success.
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    Apr 30, 2010 12:56 AM GMT
    Iluros saidThey say the point of college is to discover (or realize) what you really like so that you can pursue that. Changing your major is very common.
    While I can understand your point as it's very common, I must disagree.
    Personally, I waited 'till I knew exactly what I wanted to do (which happened to be at age 31), then went to college for it.

    I found that by waiting, I was able to have a whole different perspective on life. I'd already worked the shit jobs and factory work, and knew what I'd continue facing if I didn't finish school. Granted I'd worked my way into engineering at the factory, I still wasn't happy...so I used college to take the steps to get out of it.

    Also, upon realizing what it was I wanted to do (which happened to be my childhood dream), I was willing to give up everything to get it. I gave up a lucrative engineering career with 401K and profit sharing just to do what I love.

    Haven't looked back since. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 30, 2010 12:57 AM GMT
    <--- human rights / non-profits.
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    Apr 30, 2010 1:11 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    Iluros saidThey say the point of college is to discover (or realize) what you really like so that you can pursue that. Changing your major is very common.
    While I can understand your point as it's very common, I must disagree.
    Personally, I waited 'till I knew exactly what I wanted to do (which happened to be at age 31), then went to college for it.

    I found that by waiting, I was able to have a whole different perspective on life. I'd already worked the shit jobs and factory work, and knew what I'd continue facing if I didn't finish school. Granted I'd worked my way into engineering at the factory, I still wasn't happy...so I used college to take the steps to get out of it.

    Also, upon realizing what it was I wanted to do (which happened to be my childhood dream), I was willing to give up everything to get it. I gave up a lucrative engineering career with 401K and profit sharing just to do what I love.

    Haven't looked back since. icon_biggrin.gif


    Well, I think the thing about it is until you've taken a class on a topic, in many cases you wont know whether you enjoy studying it or not. Often people will take a seemingly random class and then realize that it relates to what they want to do.

    I think your approach is also perfectly valid. Certainly experiencing work conditions in the real world without an education is a great motivator. But I do think for many people it's true that going to college itself is a process of learning what you enjoy.

    Of course, it really depends on the area itself that you really enjoy. More academic fields will tend to lend themselves well to introductory college courses, because by their nature they wont be apparent from experience in the real world. Other areas are much more oriented towards practical experience.
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    Apr 30, 2010 1:14 AM GMT
    Sometimes you have to take the "wrong" path to find out what you really want to do. And money comes and goes.
    Some people don't aspire to be as grand as a Pilot or Doctor, so I'm thankful for those who wants to earn that 10 year employee badge at the grocery store or works at the sewerage farm to make money for his kids' education.
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    Apr 30, 2010 1:29 AM GMT
    Fuck yes! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 30, 2010 1:36 AM GMT
    if I was doing Progress, I'd love it icon_exclaim.gif
  • Sparkycat

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    Apr 30, 2010 1:53 AM GMT
    Thanks for you opinion, Mr. Buzzkill.


    sacredgranola said
    Progress saidAre you doing what you love?

    I went down a long path of decision regarding my career.. and I realized the other day, quite suddenly, I was fucking up. I have been a chem major for 2 semesters... and I just realized that's not what I want at all. Since I was a young kid (probably 4 or 5) I have been interested in design, and clothes. I went to the advisor and changed my major from chem to Fashion Merchandising /w business. I always wanted to, but I was hung up on being conceived as stereotypical, and not having a job.., but I realized if you really love to do something, and you're good at it, that won't be a problem. It feels great, almost like coming out.

    Don't lie to yourselves folks.


    This is just a switch of majors, which about 99.9% of undergrads do. You aren't anything special. But, I'm glad you feel this is an accomplishment, rather than a benign, unremarkable contribution to a statistic. Delusion is frequently the signpost of success.
  • klinci3

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    Apr 30, 2010 1:59 AM GMT
    i've wasted 9 terms as a chem major...oh wait thats what I've always wanted to do.icon_smile.gif
  • DrewT

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    Apr 30, 2010 2:00 AM GMT
    I went to get my Associates (at the time didn't want a BA) in performing arts, because I wanted to be an actor or director. Eventually, I decided to go back and get my BA. I even got into San Diego State for Directing, but I never went. Beautiful campus though, with HOT guys. Instead I took another year off school, trying to decide what I really wanted to do.

    I went to the University of New Mexico for my BA in English, with my emphasis in creative writing. I asked a friend of my at the time, and he suggested writing as a career for me, and it finally clicked that that was what I wanted to do. Lo and behold, that's what I do know. I'm broke and live at home, but hey, I love it!
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    Apr 30, 2010 2:00 AM GMT
    <~~ CHILDHOOD DREAM K-9 cop

    ended up practicing nuclear medicine, writing a few sitcoms, then pitching and selling TV shows, throw in some stand up comedy and I'm nowhere near a cop, but i love where i found myself.

    I do love my weapon collection though.icon_cool.gif