WHAT I WANTED TO BE GROWING UP, CHRONOLOGICALLY
Not exactly inspiring
- •Astronomer! This was in, like, second grade, when I had those glow in the dark star decals on my ceiling and very carefully copied constellations from a book. I only got three constellations up before getting bored and sticking them at random. Note that no other item on this list is remotely sciency, because the patriarchy got me.
- •Princess Diana. This was spurred mostly by a crush on Prince Harry and a serious interest in the wives of Henry the VIII. It ended after she died, because that was scary.
- •Children's book author. Now it's my retirement plan.
- •Jackie Kennedy. Definitely upper elementary. I played her in our sixth grade living history museum.
- •Professor. Sort of a constant, it gave me an excuse to have a messy desk, read a lot, and correct people. Also, I wore the worst glasses.
- •Katie Couric. My journalism phase was most of middle school. Like Katie, I was going to be half journalist-half public philanthropist. I even got a perky newscaster haircut in anticipation of this.
- •Script supervisor/writer for a TV show. Mostly bc continuity issues make me angry. This was the goal around the time I started watching West Wing.
- •Sandra Day O'Conner. I wanted to get a JD/PhD and teach law, then just get "summoned" to the bench like the woman in Madam Secretary. When I found out the actual practice of law was different than my seventh grade mock trial team, I lost interest.
- •Chief counsel for the Senate HELP committee. Again, the desire not to be a lawyer precluded this. But I spent most of senior year planning on revamping NCLB. Life has a sense of humor sometimes.
- •Teach for America CM. no really! This was on my high-school graduation announcement and everything.
- •First Lady. A constant, and I still maintain I would be great at this.