My College Experience
To start off, I should probably give a little background on my education. I graduated high school in Gilbert, Arizona and decided to continue my education at Arizona State University. Not quiiiiite knowing what I wanted to do, I decided (like most kids) that I wanted to be a doctor. I also sorta thought I like Biology, so there ya have it, I majored in Biology.
Then I thought, well while I'm at it I might as well apply for the Honor's college. So I did, 100% convinced that I was not nearly smart enough/good enough to get in. But I did. I started college in the Fall and I worked HARD. I mean, barely see natural sunlight cause I was locked in my room studying kind of hard. Then I reached my second year and thought, "man, I don't want to go to Med school!" and had a slight mid-life crisis at the ripe-age of 20. I contemplated changing my major all-together and going into Business or Finance, but really just spent this time being genuinely confused.
I spent so much time with my nose in the books, doing what was "supposed to be done", that I forgot to stop and ask myself if I was enjoying it. Did I like learning anatomy & physiology? Did I enjoy being in an Organic Chemistry lab for 5 hours at a time? Was I REALLY all that interested in culturing cells and identifying them under a microscope? Well, the answer to all this was "kinda?". But I don't really know. I kind of liked a little bit of what I was doing, but I didn't want this to be the rest of my life.
I took this time to think about what my priorities were and what I wanted my personal and professional life to look like in 10 years (no, I was not this deep as a 20 year old, I had quite a bit of helpful advice from my two wonderful parents).
What I finally decided was... I want a LIFE. Yeah, I want a career that challenges and interests me, but I wanted a family too. I didn't want all my time to revolve around waking up and going to work every day, with nothing to look forward to when I got home.
To make an already long story a little shorter, my dad suggested pharmacy. At the time, all I knew of pharmacy was what I saw when I picked up my prescription, and I thought "okay, sounds good". I walked into pharmacy after pharmacy and spent a few minutes talking to each pharmacist about what they liked/disliked about their job. At the end of it, I applied to be a pharmacy technician, changed my focus to pharmacy-school bound and haven't looked back since.
Now, I don't know what each of your career paths have looked like. If you decided to go to college or head straight into the workforce. If you are a self-starting entrepreneur or a stay-at-home mom. But whatever your path looked like, I know it was a difficult one. Work is SUCH a huge part of our lives and deciding what you want to spend your life doing is no easy feat.
The two major lessons I've learned from this journey are:
No one gets where they are by accident.
Successful people are hard-working people.
I hope to share my thoughts, mistakes and experiences with you all, and just be transparent. There is so much opportunity out there! You are more than qualified.