Why is it that good ideas come naturally to some people, yet for others, they have to sift through the cosmic puzzle before finding the piece that fits?
Education is excellent for many reasons, but the one which continues to stand out is that it helps one to unlock unrealized potential.
Suppose your main goal in life is to become a Marine Biologist. You then begin taking courses to help you achieve that end. This is an excellent goal, however, suppose that once you begin taking these courses, you realize that they are either too difficult, or else you realized that this path is not for you.
What do you do now? You change direction. Rather than dropping out of College and settling for some random job at your local Cafe, why not stay in school and see what direction life takes you.
Just because you do not feel that being a Marine Biologist (or whatever floats your boat) is a right fit for you, doesn’t mean that you are doomed to failure. It also does not mean that you “wasted” your money (or someone else’s money if you received some kind of financial aid, grant, etc). It just means that you are receiving a “well-rounded” education. You know what? You may even be able to apply what you have learned in another situation, so not all is lost.
If you found that, after your educational (or applied) experience that you do not want to continue down your once desired path, create a new one. Take classes that sound interesting and work from there.
When I was in High School, I was deathly certain that I wanted to be a Marine Biologist. I began to tailor my classes to suit entrance requirements into schools which had great Marine Science programs. I even took a Summer course in Marine Technology at an Occupational Skills Center. I was meeting graduation requirements as well as entrance requirements. Everything was going according to plan.
Then, it all came crashing down.
I realized how bad in math that I was (an still am). I failed the second semester of my Chemistry class (which is a HUGE requirement for Marine Sciences) and barely passed my last Algebra class. Once I graduated from High School, knowing that Math and Science are huge components of being a Marine Biologist, I set that dream aside.
The following Fall, I enrolled into a technical school for Medical Assisting, thinking that perhaps this was a better course for me to follow. By the time the program was over, I had achieved top grades, excelled in all of my classes, and landed an internship at a clinic for Internal Medicine.
By the time my Internship was successfully completed, I realized that this was NOT a field that I enjoyed at all. I gave up the idea of being a Medical Assistant and moved on.
These past several years, through past jobs, volunteer opportunities, and my current Internship at a family Shelter, I have learned a lot about myself. The biggest thing is that as long as I apply myself, I can do anything I set my mind to, even being a Marine Biologist if I really want to.
I enrolled at my local Community College for Spring Quarter and began taking classes in the area of Business. Currently, I am working towards trying to receive an Associate of Applied Science – Transfer Degree in Business Information Technology (BIT).
This is something that I would NEVER have done several months ago. I am not exactly sure what had happened, as Business never used to be something that I was interested in. Yet, I chose to gain an education in this area. Why?
The answer is simple. Having a basic understanding of the Business world is essential these days. You can apply the skills learned in this area to pretty much any workplace environment, including the Administrative aspects of Marine Sciences.
Is Marine Science really my end goal? This is a possibility, though it will have to be on the back-burner for now. Why? I have always had an interest in writing, so after I complete this A.A.S.-T. in BIT, I am planning on transferring to a University so that I can work towards completing a Bachelor’s in Communication, specifically Journalism.
As I write this, I realize that I can still implement Marine Sciences in my educational plan. As a Journalism Major, I can work towards continuing my education in Marine Sciences, while at the same time using my skills learned in the field of Communication as well as my skills learned in Business Information Technology to work on publications relating to the Marine Sciences, perhaps in the form of educational books for children, learning materials for the public, etc.
In the end, who knows where one will end up in their journey to higher learning. While it is important to stick to your current educational plan, it does not mean that it needs to be set in stone. Sometimes, change is for the best!