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What do you want to be when you grow up?

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Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013

Updated: Thursday, February 21, 2013 13:02


What do you want to be when you grow up? This is a question we as students have been asked ever since we first started elementary school. At first, you might say, “I want to be a pop-star!” Or, “I want to be an actress!” Which are both great professions, but you never really hear a 3rd grader say, “I want to be a carpenter!” Or, “I want to be an engineer!” Or, “I want to be an Occupational Therapist!” It doesn’t truly become a reality until you enter college. Sure, in high school it becomes a little more serious, but you always think, I have time. I have plenty of time to decide what I want to do, there is no rush. But then you’re taking the SAT’s,  and you’re applying to schools, and writing your college essay, taking campus tours, and then making the final decision about where you want to spend the next 4 years of your life and what you’re going to do when you graduate. 

For me, I did not take the whole college/future career process very seriously. I worked pretty hard in high school, but I never really committed myself to one specific subject. I liked English because I was good at it. I was told I was a good writer and I enjoyed reading and writing papers. But when I was applying to schools, I was persuaded into majoring in Nursing. My mother is a nurse in Boston and always talked about how rewarding it was but I didn’t know why. So I kind of just thought what the hell, why not? I like helping people, how hard could it be? Well let me tell you, I have an immense amount of respect for the men and women who are in nursing programs, especially here at Sacred Heart. It is an extremely competitive program which I myself was very surprised when I got accepted into a couple. But freshmen year here was not easy for me, as I am sure it is not easy for most freshmen. I moved 3 hours away from home and was on my own, completely unsure of how to get by. I ended up dropping Sacred Heart’s nursing program because I couldn’t pass Anatomy and was far more concerned with my social life than my academic career. I still was in that mind-set that “I have time, I have time plenty of time to decide what I want to do, there is no rush.” I changed my major to English because I knew I was good at it. But I still didn’t know “what I wanted to be when I grow up.”

Well, now I am grown up; I’m 20 years old, I need to decide what I want to do with my life. Not staying in the nursing program is one of my biggest regrets I’ve made at SHU. This past summer my mother took me into her hospital, Brigham and Women’s in Boston, MA to shadow nurses. She knew I had made a mistake leaving the program and wanted to visually show me why. It was a truly eye-opening experience. I got to see what nurses do hands-on and how truly influential nurses are in people’s lives. I’ve always known that I when I grew up I wanted to help people and make a difference, but I didn’t know how. Although I had a passion for writing, I had a bigger passion for helping people. Now I know what I want. Now I am willing to put the effort into a nursing program in order to end up where I want to be in life. Now that I’ve seen with my own eyes what I can potentially become, I am so much more motivated to succeed. When I graduate from Sacred Heart, I am going to participate in an accelerated nursing program in Boston which I am extremely excited about. I know what I want to be when I grow up. It took me a while, and I was unsure and changed my mind quite a few times, but I am now content with what I want my future to look like and I know how to get there.  

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