What did you want to be when you were little?

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  1. lucybelle

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    Have you always wanted to be a teacher? Or did you want to be an astronaut?

    When I was little I wanted to be an art teacher. Around middle school I realized I was awful at drawing:lol: I took to science. In college I dabbled in el ed, nursing, and even just biology for a bit. But I went back to science ed, so glad I did!!!
     
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    When I was in kindergarten, I wanted to be a telephone operator. That was in 1990--I have no idea where I got that from!
     
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    When I was in Kindergarten, I wanted to be a police officer.
    But I knew that I wanted to teach ever since junior high, even though I never thought I would. You see, I grew up in a culture where everyone becomes doctors or engineers. Admitting to myself that I wanted to teach was extremely difficult. I finally realized that I wanted to teach in my junior year of high school and never looked back, even though my parents were less than pleased with my choice.
    I'm so glad that I chose to teach, because I absolutely love it!
     
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    I always wanted to be a teacher.
     
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    I've pretty much always wanted to be a teacher. I've toyed around off and on with other things that included an ER doctor (thanks to the show ER), a neuro surgeon or neo-natal surgeon (thanks Grey's Anatomy), an Olympic show jumper, a CRNA, and I'm sure a hoard of other things.

    Instead I teach English :lol: It makes me laugh because almost everything else was so science based!
     
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    I wanted to be a tap-dancing librarian. Would be noisy.
     
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    Magic Johnson.
     
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    My plan as far back as five yeas of age was to be a teacher and farmer's wife. Accomplished half of that... :)

    I thought that a few other careers would be interesting, though. Park ranger, Egyptologist, anthropologist, archaeologist, and forensic pathologist (that's a lot of ologists!). As for the last one, I have changed since I was younger so while it still interests me, I couldn't do it. Owning some sort of small business was a fun idea as well (and still is). In particular, I wanted to open a small "Peach Pit"-style place for young ones in our town.
     
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    When I was little I always wanted to be a teacher, but I flirted with the idea of being a zookeeper.
     
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    When I was very little, I wanted to be a veterinarian. Then in middle school, I discovered music, and wanted to be a professional oboe player. I got as far as being accepted to Juilliard, but then a hiking accident ended my music career. I went back to school with the idea of nursing, then started taking pre-med courses, then eventually switched to math. I was going to be a statistician, but then I somehow wound up getting sidetracked into teaching.
     
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    When I was little (much to my mother's chagrin) I went around telling everyone I wanted to be a K-Mart cashier. ;)

    In high school it was a freelance photographer or a private investigator (I would still love to do that on the side)! My sister wanted to be a teacher and there was no way I was going to do the same thing. :whistle:
     
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    My little sister told everyone that she was going to be a taxi driver...
     
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    I had a reading buddy once who told me he wanted to be a grocery store when he grew up. :lol:
     
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    I've wanted to be a teacher since about 2nd grade. I had a truly awful teacher that year who quite literally handed us a pile of worksheets at the beginning of each day and then we spent the day working on them. I'm not kidding. On the rare occasion she was in a good mood she would let us work on our worksheets in pairs. I would rush through mine so that I could help other kids in my class with them- I would go out and get out sticks to use for math manipulatives and show them different strategies to figure out the answers. I often had a line of 5-6 kids behind my desk waiting for me to help them. I'm not sure why the teacher let me carry on like that- given her teaching style maybe she was just glad she didn't have to do it! From then on I knew I was meant to be a teacher. Before that though, I was dead set on being a waitress!
     
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    Jim Morrison

    (btw, I was 5)
     
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    I'm sorry you had such a bad teacher, but that is such a cute story!
     
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    I wanted to be a McDonald's cashier, astronaut, nun, ice cream tester, linguistic cryptologist, writer, discoverer of Atlantis, editor, chef, dinosaur trainer, forensic anthropologist, and fishing boat captain.
     
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    Never a teacher, but I always a career working w/ children. From as early as I could remember, it was a pediatrician, then a child psychologist.
     
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    I wanted to be a tightrope walker and a nun. I loved the circus and when my Catholic friends told me nuns were married to Jesus I was very impressed . Later I wanted to be a social worker. It wasn't until much later I wanted to become a teacher.
     
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    From second grade on, I always wanted to be a teacher.
     
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    Carpenter, artist or musician when I was younger and writer and librarian when I was a little older. Up until I was a sophomore/junior in HS I swore up and down I was never going to be a teacher or any sort of job that involved interacting with the general public on a regular basis (I have no idea what I thought I was going to do......) I'm now a teacher and a tour guide. :whistle:
     
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    I always wanted to be three things (listed in alphabetical order, not preference): Anthropologist, Police Officer and Veterinarian.

    Though the Vet quickly become off the list when I realized I'd have to deal with sick animals, etc. I still have days when I long to be an Anthropologist or Cop, just because it is something I always wanted to be.
     
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    I mostly wanted to be an RN or APRN, or maybe a doctor. I'm still really interested in the medical field. I even entered college as a pre-med major.

    When I switched to English, I thought about law school. I never pictured myself as a teacher. Ever. That's really funny because I seem very well suited for it now that I'm doing it.
     
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    When I was three I wanted to be the lady who worked in the snack bar at Walmart, because I thought it was so cool that she got to yell out numbers all day :lol:
    But ever since I was school age I always wanted to be a teacher. I used to "teach" my little brother in my room for as long as he would let me :)
     
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    I never had any desire to be a teacher until I was a senior in high school.

    Growing up I wanted to be:

    1) vet
    2) pediatrician (even volunteered at a hospital for two years when I was in high school)
    3) journalist
    4) fitness instructor (still do!!!!!)
    5) chef/baker
     
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    My dad was a teacher and I was (and still am) a "daddy's girl", so I always played school with my stuffed animals. I also considered journalism pretty seriously. I remember when I was tee tiny wanting to be a bank teller and I would play that at home with Monopoly money!
     
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    Before I started school I wanted to be a toll collector on the bridge. I guess I thought it would be fun to watch people drive by all day LOL
    After that I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I would make up work to give to my brother and sister. Even when my sister had friends over we would play school and I would give them work. I even made a report card for one of the friends and her mom saw it. She said, "Oh, I bet TeacherNY will be a great teacher someday"!
     
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    After wanting to be Jim Morrison, I wanted to be a B-17 tailgunner.
     
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    I wanted to be :
    a ballerina (even though I never took dance lessons)
    an ice skater (loved to skate, and thought I could go to the Olympics-again, without training)\
    a famous violinist (this time I did play, and had private lessons. Peer pressure made me quit playing, a choice I regret)
    A librarian (until I found out I couldn't read all day)

    In the back of my mind, I think I knew I would be a teacher. When my sister and I played school, I always had to be a teacher, and I even assigned homework! Those play times were the times I felt most comfortable and sure of myself. No surprise to anyone when I graduated from high school I went to college to pursue teaching.
     
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    It was always a mommy. But along with that, when I was 5, it was a police officer, because I thought the hats were cool. Then I did my 8th grade career project on architecture, because I loved drawing house plans. But I couldn't handle the math and physics. So, since music was all I knew, I majored in music education, and decided I liked classroom better.
     
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    I was the little girl that always played school with stuffed animals; however, since the age of 5 I wanted to be a vet. I worked with my grandpa for a couple of summers and that changed my mind about wanting to be a vet! Then I wanted to be a business manager, and an accountant. I tossed around the idea of being a lawyer too. I finally got my head on straight and pursued a teaching degree. I would love to be a anthropologist and travel to Greece and Egypt.
     
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    When I was in 5th grade I wanted to be an archeologist. I don't really like history, but I think I really enjoyed the 5th grade content. We would go to our weekend house from spring to fall just about every weekend, and stay there for longer times in the summer. I would pick up bricks laying around, carve a figure in them (hieroglyphics lol), bury them in the ground, hoping that when I return during the summer, and dig it out, I will really think I found something rare :)) Then we started learning about the wars, and I lost interest.

    In 6th grade I wanted to become a chemist. I started learning Latin (language geek, right?), but wasn't really into it. I did have a lot of fun learning all the ingredients in the medicines and pronouncing them. We started physics in 6th, and chemistry in 7th grade - it was hard, so that was the end of that dream.

    And after that I had no plans, not even in senior year of high school.
     
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    At age four or five, I wanted to be Johnny Appleseed. I obsessed about it for a year, stuck broom straws in floor cracks and raged if anyone plucked them out. It cannot have been easy for the rest of the family.

    Through most of school, I had a nebulous idea that I would be a doctor: math and science geek, obsessed (again!) this time with biology.

    Somewhere in college, I decided that science and math didn't mean anything. (I've since relented a little, except in the case of social science, which I still abhor.) I became an English major, minoring in philosophy.

    The eternal question arose: what's an English major to do? I gave teaching a try, absolutely loved it from the first, and here I am, waiting to give a test on Socrates.
     
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    flight attendant, paramedic, missionary dr, teacher, those are some I remember
     
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    I wanted to be a writer! I was infatuated with the English language.

    Probably in jr. high I became interested in teaching after my Girl Scout troop worked on a childcare badge. I fell in love with young children!

    I have done some writing, but my dream is to support myself through writing. We shall see.
     
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    I wanted to be a brain surgeon. And then I found out I wasn't that great at math, science bored me to tears,and my hands shake more than average ESPECIALLY when I'm nervous. That one just wasn't in the cards for me.
     
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    So, after wanting to be Jim Morrison when I was in kindergarten, and a B-17 tailgunner when I was in elementary school, my career ambitions dropped to absolutely zero when I was in middle school. I don't recall wanting to be anything during that time period.

    Once in high school, I wavered between wanting to be a farmer, a priest, a photographer, or one of the Rolling Stones (I just knew they were going to have to replace Keith Richards very soon.)
     
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    Keith Richards has hung in a lot longer than you ever thought, hasn't he, Sarge?

    It's so interesting the different paths we all have taken to get here.
     
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    For a while I also wanted to be an ER nurse. I didn't want to make the incisions, just get to watch and hand over the tools.
     
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    I always wanted to be a teacher. :)
     

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