What do you want to be when you grow up? That is the question we all been asked when we were little. And to some of us we become what we wanted back then, while others along the way change course to another.
I remember my mom telling me I wanted to be a train driver when I was four years old. It didn’t last long once I went to elementary school and it would not be the end of me changing my mind throughout the rest of school. I didn’t really like to answer the question when it was asked of me, and I would at times go with something simple.
Up until seventh grade I wanted to be a teacher. I wanted to teach history and science. Then eighth grade came and I received a pamphlet of a new career program at the local community college. It was the new expanding biotechnology field. At that moment I changed my dream of what I wanted to be growing up. From that point on I wanted to be a scientist working in biotech.
Fast forward to today and I am in the science field. That dream I had of growing up to be a scientist did come true. It took a lot of hard work and dedication to get the dream of being in biotech a reality. But also it was not a straight forward path either. Dreams we have growing up about what we want to be when we are adults will change along the way, and that is okay. Going to college/university with an idea of what you want to be is a starting point, and as you progress through those years, you find what dreams you had as a child or adolescences change.
Most importantly as you go through life, careers change, relationships change, and dreams change. But what doesn’t change, a child-like ability to keep on dreaming of who you are yet to be.