Originally Posted by paintballkid0206
been debating about college lately...
chase a dream or be realistic....? hm...
Whats the dream? I complete disagree with DF. Do what you think will make you happy. If pursuing that dream is what is going to make you happy, do that. You do not want to go to school, get a degree and start a career in field that you can't be happy doing. If you don't like your work, you are going to hate everyday of it and say everyday "I wish I would have went after that dream, I would have been happy."
I went to school to be a nurse. I actually wanted to be a doctor but one time when I was in the hospital I reevaluated that. I wanted to go into medicine to help people, like I've been helped so many times. I realized that the doctor wasn't really the person who was interacting with the patient and was "hands on" with the patient, the nurse was, so I switched my major to nursing. Then the medical field changed, almost overnight. I was in the hospital again and I would see my nurse twice a day, when she got there, and when she left. The rest of the time she was delegating duties to "assistants". I wasn't interested in being an "assistant" so I changed my course again.
It was a long time before I realized what I wanted to do. For a while I was going to go to school to be a mechanic. Then I thought about it and with my health being a mechanic was unrealistic, if I'm not turning wrenches, I'm not making money. That meant that every time I got sick and hospitalized, I'd be in trouble.
I stumbled across web/graphic design. Actually I have a very good friend, on this very forum, who kind of kicked it off. There was a challenge put up on here to design an logo for a new online paintball store. I took the challenge and "won". I had been talking with this person about his new site for a while and he new my mom did web design/programming and ask for help. I talked to my mom and she said, here, I'll teach you what you need to know to help him. She gave me a couple books and I learned what I needed to know to help him. The rest is history. I love doing web design. I get so lost in it. I can start working on something at 8:00am and at midnight be shocked that its midnight. That entire time, I don't feel like I'm working. Thats what you need to find. You need to choose a career that won't feel like work.