Children are asked daily “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Many say doctors, astronauts, teachers, sports star. But how many of them actually go on to do those things. Not many. Myself included.
I never had a set job that I wanted to be. I always flip-flopped. This was evident when applying for college and trying to pick a major. At first, I wanted to go to school for Sports Medicine. I went through the application process for the major and even had to go interview for acceptance. When the letter came in the mail, I thought for sure I had it. Rejection. I was accepted to the college but not the program. However, I could apply to the program at a later time but that would put way behind.
I ended up going to that University anyway as an undecided. I figured I had time to figure it out. At first, I thought I would give Marketing a try. Took a couple of classes and soon found out it was not for me. Then, I took a Criminal Justice class. And I loved it! So I stuck with it. The major was a flexible one. It was a tailor made degree. There are so many avenues you can go down with a Criminal Justice degree. You can be a cop, work in a prison, become a lawyer, social worker, etc. I choose to concentrate on children, juveniles. The courses were interesting, a lot of psychology with some criminal mumbo jumbo thrown in. I loved it! So much so that I busted my ass and took extra courses so that I could graduate a semester early.
After graduation, I did what every other college graduate does. I sent my resume everywhere. Just hoping for a bite. Finally, 2 months after graduation, I got one. It was the perfect starter job. I was contracted to work with Emotional Support students in a school setting. I learned a lot at that job. It was trying at times (what job isn’t) but I loved those kids.
A year and half working at the school, my position was eliminated over the summer break. The school district was going to take over. I was back to square one. Thankfully, I was working over the summer and they hired me full time. Now I was in the corporate world. And I hated it!
I still sent my resume out while I was working just hoping for another bite.
Two years later, I finally got one. I left the corporate world and entered the school environment again. Although, I wouldn’t be working with students, I still had the opportunity to one day get back into the schools. I then decided that I wanted to get my Masters in Education. I took one course and it was ok. I was pregnant at the time and knew I wouldn’t be going back to school right away.
Then I had Ethan.
I was supposed to go back in this Fall but I just didn’t have the drive. I guess I figured out it really wasn’t what I wanted to do.
I promise you, this story is going somewhere.
Over the past year, I have been playing around with designing invitations, announcements and designs. I love it! It’s fun. It’s creative. I’ve always been a crafty person. Several times, I have had people tell me that I should go to school for graphic design. I would usually blow them off and laugh. I wasn’t that good. But then I started thinking, if I went to school, I could be that good. I could be doing something that I enjoy. Yes, I would still be stuck behind a computer, but maybe, just maybe, I would be doing something that I like to do.
I looked into some courses, talked with some people who do graphic design for a living (thanks Kel!) and talked to Mike about it. And the decision has been made. I’m going back to school for graphic design. I can get the degree at the local community college. It will take a little more than 2 years to do but I am going to do it! I am really excited about it!
Oh and this just happens to be another completion of my 101 in 1001!