Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Where my Head is at

I apologize in advance. This post is long and not very well thought out aka scatterbrained. I did not sit down and anticipate writing about all this, but this is what came out. If you get to the end, CONGRATS! I am so thankful for ALL my readers and welcome ANY advice you may have! Now, without further adieu....


4 years ago I was a 17 year old girl getting ready to enter the college world. I still wasn't old enough to legally sign papers with my parents, yet I thought I had my whole life figured out. I was gonna complete 2 years of undergrad, go straight into pharmacy school, and graduate in 2013 with a Pharm.D.

Funny how things work out. Turns out that getting A's in college is MUCH harder than in high school, and even though I told myself I was gonna work hard now that my classes actually mattered *haha* my grades still weren't good enough. I am now finishing up a degree that was only supposed to be a stepping stone, and flippantly decided to add a minor to (a) buy some time and (b) I came to the conclusion that jobs I could maybe want have nothing to do with my major

I'm not going to go through the whole story of why pharmacy school didn't work out, or how it took me 3 years to discover this (I'm sure I wrote a post about this at some point, and if you REALLY wanna know all the deets, email me), but all I know is that I have put that on the list of things I do not wanna do anymore.

Here's the problem.....

I have absolutely NO idea what I want to do with my life

***Before you comment and say that I am young and have plenty of time to figure this out, at least read the rest of the post and see what I'm feeling.***

YES I know that I am only 21 years old and in the grand scheme of things that is young, but with my circumstances and surroundings I can't help but feel that I need to figure out some sort of direction. With the exception of 2 other friends who are also graduating in December, everyone else has graduated with their degree. While they might not have jobs right now, at least they know WHAT they wanna do. I DON'T!

I decided not to take a class this month in the hopes of "getting my life together", at least thats what I told everyone. When in fact I am more confused than ever as to where I am going or where I want to end up. It's so discouraging when I come across a career that I could potentially see myself doing, only to have to put that on the "not able to" list because I have already shot myself in the foot with my GPA. Yes I realize that I have no one to blame but myself for that one, but it's still hard when there is very little I can do about it now. And yes I could take classes and raise it, but it would essentially take an extra semester taking hard science classes and making all A's, and by looking at my track record that just doesn't seem plausible.

Another reason I feel that I need to figure this out is the fact that I am graduating in December. Yes this does give me an extra semester essentially in the spring to firmly decide what I want but I have GOT to get the ball rolling on SOMETHING! I mean I need to decide if I need to take the GRE (which will probably happen) and start looking at post grad work or maybe I need to really delve into the job market and see what's out there.

I just feel like at this point in college I should have a general idea of what I would like to do. And I don't. And that's hard to say because to a lot of people I want to give off the notion that yes my life is put together and I'm doing ok. But in reality I feel like my life is in shambles. I have these random thoughts and careers bouncing around in my head and I feel like some are just so out there that I'm terrified of going for them. For some, it would essentially mean requiring a ENTIRE NEW degree and area of study. I DO NOT WANNA START ALL OVER AGAIN! But what if it meant finding what I really want to do?? I just don't know and I don't know how to find internships or jobs to explore these options.

If this post wasn't jumbled up enough as it is, here are some of the career ideas that I have been bouncing around....
  • Cosmetic Chemist
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Sports Broadcaster
  • Broadcast Journalist
  • Retail Buyer
  • Dermatological Physician's Assistant
  • Forensic Chemist
  • Pharmaceutical Rep
  • SOMETHING in the beauty industry (but what??)
  • Mariska Hargitay (haha just kidding!) or am I?!? ;)
haha that last one WAS a joke! This post needed some humor

So anyways as you can see my mind is all over the place. And about half of them require starting over so to speak. I would love to explore these options further, but I don't know how.

That is kind of why I wrote this post. I truly wrote it for a number of reasons
(a) because I feel like I have all these thoughts bundled up inside and I needed to put them SOMEWHERE

(b) maybe one day I can look back on this post and realize that hey I was a lot closer to figuring out my life that I thought (hey i can dream right?)

(c) to get input. I have met some amazing people through this blogging world and truly value the relationships I have developed. Which also means I value your opinion. Maybe by writing this out, someone would maybe know someone I could just email and talk to about their career or something. I don't know! Maybe YOU are in one of these industries and have some advice. I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR IT! I am open to anything at this point. Even if you know a website where I could look at jobs or internships or something.

So this is where my head is at right now. Like I said in the beginning, CONGRATS if you made it all the way through!! And again I value any and all advice you have. If you would rather email me (I LOVE email!) my email is

uscnmh {at} gmail {dot} com

Thank you so much for reading and sticking with this!
I love you all
xoxo

4 comments:

  1. I was just thinking about this *again* today. I'm in the same boat as you... I'm getting ready to enter my senior year and I came in thinking I was pre-dental then it switched to pre - medical and now I'm contemplating a MD/PhD program. I made the VERY difficult decision of taking a year off (my parent's almost died when I told them!!!). I thought I would know what I wanted to do by the end of this summer but now I'm even more confused than before the summer began (I'm revisting the idea of dental school) I'm planning on taking a medical research position upon graduation but I'm also going to apply to programs like Teach for America and the Peace Corp and anything else I think I may be interested in. I'm sorry that I don't have any advice or any contacts for the industries you're interested in, but I just wanted you to know you're not alone.

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  2. I'm 29, have 3 degrees from USC (Bachelor's & Master's in HRTM, Master's in Retail) and every week I think that I should have just gotten an MBA in the time it took me to do those other things. But, at 29 I'm definitely not starting over! I completley understand where you are coming from. I was one semester away from completing my Master's in HRTM when I realized that I absolutely did not want to work in a hotel. So, I finished the degree and "bought some time" (aka wracked up $18,000 in student loans) by getting a Master's in Retail.

    Maybe you should graduate, get a job- any job that will pay the bills- and think it over. Once you've got a little income, you can go back, maybe even take night classes or something towards a degree in whatever it is you want to do.

    I'd give anything to be back at 21 knowing what I know now so that I could pursue a degree in something that suits me, but here I am!

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  3. Oh I know how you feel completely! I went through the same crisis my second year of college. How on earth are we supposed to know what we want to do for the rest of our lives when we're 18 and just entering college?! I went in a psych major (yeah, I really don't know what I was thinking) and now I'm in english and communications a complete 180 and I'm about to be a fifth year senior, but I LOVE what I'm in. I'm only 22, but the best advice I can give is first of all is to BREATH and trust in God. You'll be fine trust me. He has a plan and a purpose for your life and know exactly where you are going to be and what you will be doing. Good luck!

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  4. Dearest,
    What do you want to do? What do you like to do?
    I think you may have already answered your own question as to what career choice you should make - look at your amazing blog! You have tremendous skills!!! Blogging and the web are the future! A lot of companies out there really need you! You are a marketing whiz.
    I say finish up your degree and keep doing what you are doing. You are a self-starter and an entrepeneur. Great things are coming your way. You have a great gift of sharing joy. The good Lord is going to pay you back and well for this! In the meantime, enjoy the ride to the top!
    ...Talk to Hopsy over at Monograms and Manicures.
    And thank you for your lovely blog.

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