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 an astronomer because I was totally fascinated with the stars, planets and all things space-until I discovered a would have to study and pass some really hard math and science classes.
    Now I am a sales rep-talk about totally changing my mind.

  2. i wanted to be a chiropractor. now i’m a homeschooling mom who dreams of being a midwife when the nest is empty!

  3. Susan J says:

    I wanted to be an astronaut, scientist or CEO of my own company. I am now a SAHM/homemaker. So I’d say the last one worked out ;-)

  4. Sharlotte says:

    I wanted to be a lawyer / judge in the fifth grade, but ended up getting my doctorate in Aeronautics and became a research scientist studying deformation of materials. Getting to break things and use lasers for a living are way better than being a lawyer!

  5. Valerie says:

    I didn’t have a clear profession in mind when I was young. Mostly, I wanted to be a mom and that was it. Today, I’m still single and working as an accountant… not what I had envisioned for my late 20′s but I can’t complain. :)

  6. These look yummy!!

    I wanted to grow up to be a teacher – I did!

  7. I was always interested in science. My folks are both geologists, so I got a love for science from them, as well as a desire to do anything besides geology. Every vacation we went on, the conversations in the car went something like “Hey kids! Look at that great extrusive sedimentary rock formation!” *groan*

    So, when I got to college, I went for aerospace engineering – far away from rocks. =) These days I’m a genuine-y rocket scientist, though currently working on airplanes rather that rockets.

  8. I wanted to be a pediatrician – then it turns out I don’t like kids! ;) After that I planned to be a music teacher. I ended up in libraries totally by accident, and despite a 6 year hiatus (which included starting my own baking/chocolate biz), I am still doing it and loving it.

    Oh, and I get to teach now, too! College students, it turns out, are much easier for me to teach than grade-school kids.

  9. p.s. I asked my 8-year old stepson what he wanted to be when he grows up. He thought about it for several minutes (!), and eventually decided to be a Cooker. As in, someone who cooks. Because they get to taste everything.

    This is the kid who will only eat a very narrowly proscribed list of foods, including nothing green! Never can tell.

  10. I was convinced I wanted to be a biologist until I took intro bio in college. I then switched to a political science major, went to law school and am an attorney.

  11. I wanted to be a missionary! But I ended up working at an insurance company

  12. When I was in middle school I wanted to be a doctor with Médecins Sans Frontières [Doctors Without Borders]; I can’t remember why or how this specific profession entered my brain, but I felt very strongly that Médecins Sans Frontières was a great programme and that I needed to be a part of it. A few years later I realised that I couldn’t be a doctor because of moral conflicts [that I won't get into]. At the time I was reading the Kay Scarpetta novels by Patricia Cornwell, and decided that being a medical examiner/forensic pathologist would still allow me to help people without the conflicts of being a doctor for the living. A few years after that I realised that the math and science needed were *slightly* above my ability to comprehend them. I toyed with the idea of becoming a librarian, or a Geography teacher [my ability there is almost freakish], but sadly my brain interceded and decided for me that I wouldn’t be able to make it through university with all of the panic attacks and social anxiety and phobias that I was experiencing. *sigh* I still wish every once in a while I could be/do either one of those [or both!], but it’s just not possible. Finally, I decided that I wanted to be a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom. Ten years of infertility and one lost baby later, that’s not looking too promising either. :-(

  13. When I was tiny (like kindergarten) I decided I wanted to be second woman president of the US/ballerina. Basically, I figured there really ought to be a woman president by the time I grew up, so I didn’t want to be first (that’s what everyone always said: “o, you could be the first woman president!” which is like saying “it’s going to take 30 years for the US to get over itself and elect a woman”). Also, as far as I was concerned president of the US = world dictator. The “/ballerina” was because ballerinas are bad-ass, and I figured they wouldn’t let me wear a tutu while doing president stuff.

    Then I wanted to be a paleontologist. Because dinosaurs. When I discovered that you could study dead people, I figured there were way more bits of dead people running around than bits of dead dinosaur, so there were probably more jobs. I switched to archaeology in about 2nd grade. Because of job security.

    And now I’m an archaeology graduate student.

  14. I love Butterfingers and these muffins look amazing!

    Growing up, I wanted to be an astronaut, then a nurse. Then I graduated high school and pursued a business degree. Today I’m an office manager.

  15. I wanted to be a lawyer when I was young…ended up an accountant!

  16. Hah! I’m still laughing at the commenter who wanted to be a mattress tester. I wanted to be a pediatrician… pretty specific huh? Now I’m in grad school for epidemiology. Still don’t really know what I’ll be when I “grow up” but there’s fun to be had in the journey, no?

  17. At first I wanted to be an architect, then a journalist, but my freshman year of high school I decided I wanted to be a public defender and that is what I am today.

  18. I wanted to be a pediatrician, but then I realized I’d have to go to school forever and I ended up working for the government… now going to school “forever” doesn’t sound like such a bad thing!

  19. I wanted to teach Spanish. I even graduated with a Spanish degree. Now I’m a Product Manager for a commercial bank. Ugh. But it provides for the family, and that’s what really matters!!!

  20. Hi there!

    I remember when I was about 9 years old I told my brothers I wanted to be an ice cream truck driver. I truly believed it would have been the best job ever. Sadly, that dream never came true, instead I am a research assistant in a psychology lab. =)

  21. I wanted to be an entomologist when I was in the 4th grade… I ended up an electrical engineer. It’s in the sciences I guess

  22. I wanted to be a Marine Biologist because I loved (and still do) the ocean. As a kid, we went on a trip to San Diego one year and that was when I fell in love with the Pacific.
    I work in television and broadcast distribution now. But I live in Southern California so I’m still close to the ocean I love!

  23. Katie Bryan says:

    There were so many things I wanted to be when I grew up. Two that stand out are owning my own bakery or opening up a clothing shop.. Okay, Okay, that was really only five years ago, and I’m still in college, I’ve changed my major 4 times..Ekk!! So for the latter half of the question, I am (for now) majoring in Computer Science! And maybe I’ll minor in Business too.. ;)

  24. I wanted to own a chinese/mexican food restaurant (my two favorite cuisines as a kid) . . . or be a dentist (my mom always took us to ice cream after dentist appointments, so I LOVED going to the dentist).

    I ended up being a lawyer, that still loves mexican and chinese food and going to the dentist.

  25. I wanted to be a zamboni driver, a football goal judge, and famous artist…I’ve never driven a zamboni, I have reffed high school football, and I’m now a jewelry artist ..not so famous, but hey, living my dream :)

  26. I wanted to be a marine biologist (thanks, Free Willy). I’m now a public servant doing data analysis (by way of working in a non-profit, teaching English in the Peace Corps, and working in research on ageing and spirituality). Who knows where life will lead?

  27. mary ellen says:

    I don’t remember…I ended up being a stay-at-home mom and now I’m a stay-at-home daughter. I like your page.

  28. These look yummy.

    When I was a kid I wanted to be a secretary but then I found I was good in math and programming and went with the computer thing. Now I’m a business analyst for a software company that sells reinsurance software.

  29. I wanted to be a lawyer just like my dad; however it totally didn’t fit my personality and now I’m a social worker. I definitely made the right choice!

  30. i thought about being a teacher but was not 100% sure when i graduated now i work as a customer service rep in a glass company

  31. Amber Parthun says:

    I can wait to try these muffins. If they are anything like the brown sugar apple cheesecake than I am super excited. I wanted to be a Veterinarian or in the military when I grew up. I am now a stay at home mom and wouldn’t trade it for the world.

  32. As a little one I wanted to be a veternarian because I love animals, learned it had a lot of gross aspects and gave that dream up fast! I got my degree in Art Education and but work as a graphic artist!

  33. When I was little I wanted to a ballerina…I took dance lessons for 6 years and I was the least graceful ballerina ever. I still am one of the most graceless people every- I trip over myself all the time! Now I am a stay at home mom and I’m working on my masters degree in counseling part time.

  34. Melissa C. says:

    I wanted to be a ballerina or an Olympic gymnast. I grew up to be an office bitch for a demolition company. Cest la vie!!

  35. Courtney says:

    I wanted to be a mom that dtsyed at home with my kids but that hasn’t happened yet so who knows!

  36. Ashley W. says:

    I went to college dead set on being a child psychologist, but hated it and ended up getting a degree in accounting. I then realized sitting behind a desk all day wasn’t for me so I followed my passion and went to pastry school. Now I have a full-time job as a pastry chef and I’m loving every minute of it!

  37. I didn’t really know what I wanted to be when I grew up. When in high school, I knew that I wanted to work in an office, at the top of the building with a huge office that has a window.

    I do work in an office, but in a cube that I share with someone, with no windows.

  38. My kind of breakfast!

    I started out wanting to be a pediatrician. Then marine biologist. Then surgeon. I ended up teaching high school science classes in a juvenile rehab center. Fun stuff.

  39. Look Delicious… yummy ;)

  40. Always wanted to be a teacher as long as I can remember…ended up as an Accounting Supervisor…still “teaching”…just a different age group! LOL! Must love it…it’s been 22 years! (BTW…love the addition of Butterfingers!!!…my grandchildren love my banana choc chip muffins)

  41. I just graduated 8th grade and I have no idea what I want to do. (well, probably some combination of baking, acting and writing, but I don’t know what that means.) It’s strange to think ahead and wonder what’s going to change, but at the same time it’s really exciting.

  42. My parents say I first told them I wanted to be a lawyer when I was about 5… and I’m a lawyer. I swear, I actually wanted to be an architect when I was somewhere in the 12-17 range, though.

    My cousin’s career aspirations when he was young was “cheese maker.” He’s now an English professor.

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