What the future holds…

First off if you haven’t claimed your prize please check yesterday’s post to see if you won! I still have 4 unclaimed prizes. Plus you should probably just read yesterday’s post anyway. :)

Yesterday I sat at one of the many 8th grade promotion ceremonies I have attended in my lifetime. My own of course. The ones I had to attend as an 8th grade teacher. And the one last night.

It was warm, packed with proud parents and bored siblings, dressed up like Hawaii on steroids (there was a Ride the Wave to High School Theme), and of course filled with 8th graders with eager and nervous smiles, who most could pass for adults with how they looked. Of course for most of them in four years they will be legal adults. They may not act like adults but neither do some 38 year olds I know. :P

A lot will change for them in the years ahead. Heck, just as the slide show last night showed, a lot had changed in the three years at middle school. Going into high school I was dead set on being a Marine Biologist. I left high school wanting to teach high school Spanish. Ole. And in just the three months after high school I declared my major in college to be Forestry. Yep. Forestry; Wildlife Management to be exact. Turns out Forestry is not a good career choice when one is allergic to almost every plant.

We place a lot of emphasis on kids about what they want to be when they grow up. It is good to have goals but I am certainly a living example of you don’t always end up with the job you thought you would have. Sure I became a teacher but not in what I thought I was going to teach. I wanted to teach the little kids when I went into student teaching. I got stuck teaching 6th grade due to a scheduling error. I was crushed. Turned out I loved it. Even if I had not, it was for a reason. I loved it and learned I wanted to teach the older kids. And if I hated it I would have learned that the older kids were not for me.

I couldn’t help last night sit and wonder as I watched MDP’s son go up and get his academic award (YAY!!!!) about where his future will take him. How quickly time has gone by and how I am sure that in no time I will be sitting at his high school graduation probably wondering the same thing.

People often wonder what to get a graduate. Cash. Cash or Gift Cards. I know it sounds cold. I know it’s not personal. But let’s be honest, it’s what they want. So along those lines my final giveaway for the blog birthday is a $50 Amazon Gift Card. You will need to leave a comment telling me what you wanted to be when you grew up and what you ended up being. And you need to live in the USA (sorry). You have until Thursday June 28th 2012 at noon PST to leave a comment to be entered. Winner will be announced on Friday June 29th 2012!

And lastly are these Butterfinger Cream Cheese Banana Muffins. They have nothing to do with this post other than maybe you can buy muffin tins with your gift card. :)

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  1. I wanted to be a vet. Now, I’m a project manager at a software company…yea, definitely not as glamorous. ;-)

  2. I am pretty sure in 8th grade I wasn’t thinking about my future that much, other than which boy I was infatuated with next…

    I now live a truly blessed life, my husband retired early from Microsoft and we get to spend our time enjoying ourselves!

  3. debcurlydog says:

    When I was little I wanted to be a librarian just like my Grandma. Also an artist. When I was looking for a career I went to school to be a Commercial Artist, but never actually got a job as a Commercial Artist, but do use some of the skills I learned.

  4. I wanted to teach elementary school. Instead I worked as an event planner for motivational seminars then got married and am now a stay at home mom to my two little boys.

  5. Samantha says:

    These look delicious!

    I wanted to be an astronaut. I thought I would be the first person to walk on Mars (lol). Then I wanted to be a cardiologist. Turns out blood makes my stomach turn, so I’m not sure where I was going with that. Photographer, horse trainer, pastry chef, I wanted but am not. I sit in a cubicle and coordinate financial training sessions and dabble in web design. I finally realized that maybe I don’t love what I do, but it enables me to do what I love, which is far better than being so engrossed in my work that it takes over my life. Instead, I get to leave early on a Friday and go see those horses, maybe make some muffins. =)

  6. Heidi L says:

    for most of my growing up years I wanted to be a teacher, I’m not sure when that changed – maybe when I realized that students would actually talk back, something that my doll students didn’t do – and now I am an accountant by day and piano teacher by evening

  7. In the fourth grade I decided I was going to be a music producer. I lived in a super small town full of rednecks and I was gonna be the next Dr. Dre and make rap music … In high school I was going to be a writer/marine biologist. Now I’m 28 years old and I’m a cake decorator. Life is funny sometimes.

  8. I always wanted to be a college professor. Ubnfortunatly my dream got stomped on when I grasduated from high school in 1963. In September of 1981, at the age of 37, I began work on my BA. Twelve years later I got my PhD. Better late than never.

  9. I wanted to be a math professor – instead I’m a program manager on a defense contract.

  10. those sound so delicious! yum!!

  11. When I was little my father was a thoroughbred trainer. So, of course, I wanted to be a veterinarian. Now, I’m a psychology major/homemaker/blog writer;)

  12. When I was about 5, I wanted to be an architect so that I could build a house for my grandparents, and then I wanted to be a firefighter so that I could put out the fire in the house I built. Limited math abilities and a fear of heights… such is adulthood! Now, aside from my day job, I can be an architect and a firefighter for my 2 year old, which is almost as good, and hey, job security! :)

  13. I wanted to be a mom and had big dreams about it, but that never happened for me. I did become a nurse and now 17 years later I’m trying to decide what I want to be next.

  14. Wow these muffins sound amazing with the cream cheese! It’s too hot to bake as much in Phoenix right now but every couple weeks I just eat the heat and bake all day long to stock up and get my baking wiggles out. :)

    When I was little I wanted to be a pediatrician. I ended up working in PR before I became a homemaker but after my kids grow a little I’m going to nursing school (or culinary school, I don’t think the choice gets easier even as you get older!) I’ve always envied those few people that knew what they wanted to do and went for it!

  15. Those muffins look amazing! I think I might sub the Butterfingers with Snickers, as that’s what I have at home. :)

    When I was little I wanted to be an attorney. When I was in college I decided four years was enough and I should let my employer pay for grad school. Now I’m a CPA and I specialize in tax accounting so I do a lot of legal research/analysis. It’s close enough for me. :)

  16. Mellisa W says:

    I wanted to be a psychologist.

  17. Jennifer says:

    I don’t think I had any strong desire to do anything in particular. I left high school and declared a major in biology… Then decided that wasn’t worth all the work, lol. Went through a culinary arts program, then a few computer science classes (should have stuck with that) and then settled on business (concentration in accounting). Now I’m a government employee. Not at all where I saw myself ending up, and not entirely sure it’s where I’ll stay forever, but it’s a good job for where I am right now.

  18. Jessica J. says:

    I wanted to be an interior designer. Instead I’m now a structural engineer. And I still contemplate becoming a math teacher :)

  19. I wanted to be an architect and then a doctor. I ended up doing non-profit and university work, and as of next Tuesday, mom.

  20. suzanne says:

    these muffins look amazing!
    hmmm, what did I want to be when I grew up. Well, the honest answer is all I ever wanted to be is a mom but I did go to college with the aspirations of becoming a doctor. Somewhere along the way I decided against that idea and finished college with a degree that has nothing with my actual career. I now work for the government regulating insurance. And finally after 16 years of trying I can now say my real goal has been reached and as of 6 weeks ago I am a mommy.

  21. So true. I had many career aspirations early on (astronaut, doctor, marine biologist) but decided in high school I wanted to be in business somehow and decided to pursue accountancy. Here I am 2.5 years out of college working in an accounting firm! Think I’m more of a weirdo in figuring it out that early though.

  22. Kindergarten: Wanted to be the first female president.

    Middle School: Astrophysicist

    College: Chemist

  23. Angi McB says:

    I left middle school wanting to be a zoologist. I left college when I got a great job with a cosmetics company. Now I’m 40 with one semester left in getting a degree in Anthropology that I will be able to do nothing with!

  24. Beth Cook says:

    I wanted to be a teacher when I was growing up because my mother was and that’s what I thought I should be. I did start out teaching but now I’m a probation officer for teenagers. I love it, too!

    These look sooooooooooo yummy!

  25. I really did not know what I wanted to be as a child, I was spending too much time having fun !! Sometime in high school I realized that I wanted to be in advertising . I did my MBA in mkt worked for an advertising agency for some time but soon realized it was not for me. Now am a stay at home mom, love to spend time blogging or sketching apart from time spent keeping up my home ! I love my job !!

  26. When I was growing up I wanted to be a teacher…now after working in a middle school for 5 years…what was I thinking ;) all of those hormones running around? I just love those kids :)

  27. Shopaholic says:

    In grade 8, I wanted to be a doctor. In grade 12, I wanted to be a stock broker. I now work as an accountant since it turns out that I suck at Sciences, especially physics.

  28. Marine biologist!
    Although a nutritionist will have to do….:)

  29. I wanted to be a lawyer or a doctor. I am currently a stay at home mom, but hoping to go to midwifery school in two years :)

  30. When I was 4 I wanted to be a clown. I’m now a pediatrican. Sometimes it feels like the same thing…

  31. What I want to be: animation scriptwriter
    What I am: journalist
    I still have time and I want to get there.

  32. Well, first I wanted to be a physical therapist but then changed my mind in college and I ended up with a degree in management. Never really used my degree, so I went back to school when I was 30 to be a nurse. Best decision ever.

  33. I really wanted to be either a veterinarian or a famous singer – crazy, yes, but true! Instead – I ended up getting into marketing, with a side of baking to feed my creative kitchen side. It’s a lovely combo – but someday I still hope it’s ALL baking.

  34. I always wanted to be a history teacher-high school. Job outlook was poor, so I went into nursing and LOVE it-but regret not following my dream.

  35. I wanted to be a veterinarian when I went into high school, and I held onto that going into college. I work at a vet clinic for a summer and hated how all the sweet animals were sick and all the mean animals were healthy (the doctors weren’t to nice either). I toyed with a few career choices and ended up studying zoology. I’ve always loved animals. My job now is certainly not what I thought I would be doing, and I don’t particularly love it, but I still get to see wild animals now and then, and it pays the bills. :)

  36. Caroline H. says:

    From the time I was in 2nd grade, I always wanted to be a teacher. What I wanted to teach is what changed. At first it was 4th grade. Then it was violin. (I actually did this for 3-4 years.) But I finally settled on my love – high school math!

  37. I wanted to be a cartoonist. My friend, Teresa, and I were going to go to California and work for Walt Disney.
    I ended up being a midwife….and I really love my job!

  38. Ashley M. says:

    These muffins look ridiculously delicious!

    I wanted to be a veterinarian growing up but once high school came I decide being a teacher sounded better (you know, for summers off!)

    Now I do medical billing haha- funny how things don’t usually turn out as planned!

  39. I wanted to be an artist and it took a long, long time and at least 13 other jobs and professions along the way, but I ended up being a graphic artist and designer in the end. How cool is that?
    Happy blog birthday! Those muffins show that you still have an awesome ability to combine sweet igredients in an amazingly creative way! Hope that is at least part of what you wanted to be when you grew up :)

  40. Lorelei says:

    I thought I wanted to be newspaper reporter all the time I was in school. When I started college, I decided I wanted to be a high school English teacher. That’s what I became, did for 36 years, and never regretted. Loved every day of that career.

  41. I am from outside of States but it´s so much fun to read people´s stories that I thought to write mine too. I wanted to be a President (as high as that I wanted to jump))). At high school I wanted to be an actress, I was realy good at school thater but my father didn´t think it was a great idea. Later I studid for Advertisment, Human Science, and I ended up studying Tourism Business and working as a receptionist at a 4-star hotel (really cute one). Now, 5 years later I am soo tired of people that thinking of changing something again. Who knows what I will be next? (I will give it a thougt while cuddling my future son the next year))).

  42. In high school I had no idea. I did know I didn’t want to do anything in science because I hated the labs. When I got to college I first wanted to be a math teacher, then tried out psychology, and ended up a chemist. I worked as a chemist for years and really enjoyed it, until about a year ago when I quit my job to work in my husband’s office of my husband’s garbage company so that I can ferry my kids to and from school. I do a little bit of everything there as we are a very small business with only 2 of us working in the office.

  43. No lie, when I was about 5 or so, I remember telling my dad I wanted to be The Gingerbread Man. Why? So I could run really fast. That changed to ballerina, to singer, to engineer, to nurse. And today, I’m a nurse who wants to be a mom. :)

  44. I wanted to be an oceanographer. Did I mention I lived in landlocked Iowa? I ended up majoring in Industrial Organizational Psychology. I worked in HR for a few years as a glorified paper pusher and now I’m home where the world things I’m unemployed but somehow I seem to be kept busy managing kids, the house and the farm.

  45. Susan B says:

    I wanted to be a Dental Hygienist, and became a Dental Hygienist for over 20 years. Now I keep my grandbaby. Both positions very fulfilling! Thanks for the opportunity, would love to win!

  46. I wanted to rule the universe. Then I sensibly decided on a judge. At the moment, I’m a lawyer. But I haven’t ruled out the judge thing in the future. And I’m never ruling out Ruler of the Universe as a retirement job.

  47. I wanted to be a doctor, and then a lawyer, and then a math teacher, and at some point a veterinarian, and finally a registered dietitian, and then I became an auditor after realizing that the math department folks had no people skills, veterinary medicine and teaching weren’t as lucrative as I wanted, and being an RD would be triggering.

    So now I tell people what they’re doing wrong. Quite gratifying, really. :)

  48. I really wanted to be a marine biologist. Instead, I ended up an investment advisor. If only I had been a little better at science!

  49. I wanted to be a doctor and I became a psychotherapist instead. Currently, I just sit around hoping to win prizes. :)

  50. When I was a kid, I wanted to be an actress when I grew up. My mother especially loved to tease me about this, saying that I was so outgoing and dramatic, what else could I possibly be??

    I ended up going to school for Fashion design and have worked nearly every job in the apparel industry. What I do now – I’m a quality specialist at REI. I couldn’t imagine a more fun and crazy job.


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