WHAT I WANTED TO BE GROWING UP, CHRONOLOGICALLY

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    Teacher (Ages 5-11)
    This is obviously all about power. When you're in school you want to be the one telling people what to do. Doesn't everyone want to be a teacher at some point? Maybe not. I could never be a teacher. Props to them.
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    Fashion designer (Ages 7-11)
    My dad bought me all of these toys that you let you design clothes. Looking back, none of them inspired creativity. Plus, I'm a terrible artist.
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    A college student at University of Michigan (Ages 9-15)
    I didn't care what I studied or became in life. I just wanted to get out of my house and far away. U of M seemed perfect. (Later in life I never applied here. I attended UMass Amherst).
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    Photographer (Ages 15-19)
    I took photography in high school and lived it. My dad gave me his old SLR camera. I took pictures of EVERYTHING. I'd say 70% of my pictures were crap. I applied to art programs when I was applying to college but didn't get into the programs because, as noted during my fashion designer years, I'm a terrible artists.
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    Photo Journalist (Ages 18-19)
    Since I couldn't be just a photographer and since I loved my high school journalism classes and since I was a terrible artist I decided I would major in journalism and take photography classes. I wanted to travel the world and photograph people.
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    Magazine Writer (Ages 19-20)
    My magazine writing class was amazing. I really liked travel writing, particularly my ago meant that allowed me to go to a chili festival in some random town in Connecticut and write about it. I was a vegetarian at the time so that made it interesting.
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    Lawyer (Ages 20-22)
    I took a Legal Studies 101 course. My professor, who's name I sadly don't remember) was the best professor I had to date and I loved it so much I added Legal Studies as my second major. I really liked my classes about families and children and thought perhaps I would do something in this area. I also liked thinking about how my sociology classes impacted what I was learning in my law classes. I took the LSATs and visited law schools. I desperately wanted to attend University of San Diego.
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    Children's Law Guardian (Ages 21-23)
    I thought I wanted to be a lawyer and specifically work with children and be their advocate. When I applied to law school it was during the first big market crash, people were getting laid off like crazy, and everyone was going back to graduate school. It got harder to get in to law school. The admissions director at USD told me if I applied a year earlier I would've been accepted but given the number of applicants they had and my low LSAT score, it was a no.
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    ????
    I moved to Boston in 2004 when I finished UMass and no clue what I wanted to do. Law school dreams were dead. I worked in a daycare as a toddler teacher while I figured my life out.
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    Social Worker (Ages 23-Present)
    My Aunt told me how she read in the newspaper that people who had wanted to be law guardians were becoming social workers because they wanted more of a relationship with children and you could find a job similar to a law guardian. I had no idea was social work was but I applied to graduate school. I applied to the only 2 schools in Boston that didn't require the GREs, (I'm not a good standardized test taker). I got in to 1/2 of the schools so the decision was easy.
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    School Social Worker
    Turns out I love social work. I get to do all the things I love. I'm in a school. I advocate for children and families. My day is different every single day. I help adults become better teachers. I teach children skills to cope with their feelings. I plan fun school events. All in all, I'm doing what I love.