I am getting closer and closer to graduating from college with a Bachelor’s degree in Technical and Professional Communication, a minor in Communication and a specialty in Advertising (I know it’s a mouthful, try saying it every time someone asks you what your studying). That means I am getting closer and closer to needing to decide what to do with my life beyond college. I will have an internship this summer, although I don’t know where yet, and after that I will be on my own. Scary, I know. But I wanted to write a blog about what got me this far in my schooling and how my ideas have changed throughout the years.
All through high school I wanted to be a Veterinary Technician because I loved animals. I wanted to be the one to love them while they got nursed back to health. I had a plan to go to a community college and take general studies classes in the Pre-Vet program, then go to on Michigan State University for the Vet Tech program. This plan was drastically changed the day I job shadowed at a vet’s office and passed out while attempting to watch a surgery (I’m still embarrassed about it). My dream to become a Vet Tech was over.
So I had to move on. I ended up graduating from a community college with an Associates in general studies. During this time I brainstormed potential careers that would work for me. I thought about an animal control officer, but didn’t want to do all the law classes. Then I thought about being a counselor and almost went to a different school for that, but that didn’t feel exactly right.
I still didn’t know what I wanted to do but not going to school was not an option. I chose a school that was close to my home so that I could work, go to school, and stay close to my family while I continued to brainstorm. I decided to get a Bachelor’s degree in English. This was simply because I loved to write. I figured I might as well do what I love if I don’t know what I want to do. About half way through the program I got so bored of the English and literature classes. They were all the same: read and write, and then read and write some more.
I went out looking for a better challenge and stumbled upon the degree I am perusing now. This degree is everything I like to do. I get to write both creative and business style writing, I get to read, I get to communicate with people, and I get to use my creative skills to create advertisements.
So I went from a Vet Tech to a Technical and Professional Communicator. It was an interesting transition. Don’t worry animal lovers, rescuing animals is now a hobby of mine instead of a potential job. But to the writing world…. Look out, here I come.