Ask a child what s/he wants to be when s/he grows up and you'll get the most bizarre and imaginative answer. You'd hear kids who want to be an astronaut, a princess of the world, a doctor-lawyer-princess, F1 racer, a dragon slayer, a ballerina - the possibilities are endless when you ask child their ambitions in life. With the innocence and the vast imagination brought about by childhood, kids know no boundaries when it comes to choosing their future jobs.
My mom makes it a point to remind me that there was a time from back when I was around 3 or 4 when I proudly told her that I wanted to be a sales lady. I honestly don't remember much about that. I wanted to be a lot of things: a teacher, a fashion designer, a film producer, a dictator, a traveler, a diplomat, but the thought of being a doctor stood out and since then, I've had my mind set on being a doctor. My mom supported me 100% with this and she was so excited for the day I have the "M.D." after my name. I don't blame her for all her ramblings and lectures and expectations. Besides, there are a bunch of other parents out there who wish their children would be professionals, and some of them could get really strict and pushy.
I had it all figured out - or so I thought. I thought my game plan was all set, all I had to do was to play it through. Never have I been slapped in the face by the universe telling me that I was wrong. I penned down a social science course as my third choice at my dream university and that's where I got accepted in. I'm currently taking up AB European Studies. I have always had a fascination with Europe and the thought of working for foreign services, embassies, and having the chance of becoming a consul to a European nation seems very appealing, but my lifelong dream of saving lives in the emergency room continues to haunt me the more I try to leave that behind.
- Daniela Regis