What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

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“What do you want to be when you grow up?” was the big question I heard for the first five school years of my life, to which I never really had an answer to. Once I hit junior high, I then realized that I really needed to start thinking about what I wanted to do as a career for the rest of my life. My puzzled mind unleashed some ideas which consumed of what I possibly might like as my career. Becoming a veterinarian, dance choreographer, computer tech, pilot, officer in the U.S Air Force, have all crossed my mind with some interest. After brainstorming many of my options and researching, I finally came to a decision for my career, a pediatric nurse. Ever since my mother was just a little girl, she always dreamed of becoming a nurse. She has a warming heart, and a loving soul to help others. My mother always tells me the story of playing doctor with her sister and cousins. “We would use your grandma’s old lamp table as the resources desk, with a made up sign-in sheet. My cousin Luis was the doctor, and your aunt and I were the nurses. We would treat the dollies with Band-Aid’s and pretend to give them medicine. Until we would run out of Band-Aid’s and your grandma would get mad, so we would have to stop playing.” This story amused me many times and thought maybe I’d like to do the same. My mom has always encouraged me to make the right decisions in life, but when it came time to finishing high school she changed her advice to choose wisely and smart, because whatever I decided to choose as my major was going to stick with me for my whole life. After she graduated high school she married my dad, and I came into the picture. My mother never really had the time to go back to school and get a degree in nursing as she had hoped. My mother insists on creating a better future for me, to have more opportunities than she ever did. My older sister obviously did not get that memo, I’m guessing. She graduated high school in 2004, and waited a whole year to go to college....
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