(Closed) When I grow up, I want to be…

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 31
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

1) Ballerina, though I hated ballet and quit after the first recital.

2) Indiana Jones. It wasn’t until a little later that I realized I meant ‘archaeologist’. 

3) Chemist 

4) Virologist/epidemiologist

5) Psychiatrist

6) Perennial student 

Currently hoping to be: Neuroscientist

I’m now finishing up my PhD and hope to become a college neuroscience professor (ie. a perennial student)

Post # 32
1767 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

The first thing I can remember wanting to be (maybe around 3 or so?) is an artist. But I’m actually quite terrible at art.

Then when I was about 7, I, too, wanted to be a marine biologist. I thought I was unique, but apparently I was sadly mistaken haha.

Then I wanted to be a writer. I still kind of do, but I fully recognize that I really need a day job.

Now, I want to be a public relations specialist or speech writer, and so far I really enjoy all of the classes I’ve taken for that and I ADORE my internship in the college relations office, so I think it’s a good fit.

Although ideally I’d like to be a travel writer for national geographic or something. Get paid to travel and write about it? Hell yeah.

Post # 33
2559 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

An author, a painter, a doctor, and a blacksmith.. yes, I wanted to weild metal and preferably shoe horses.

Now I work in psych/science – medically slanted, so that kind of worked out!

@Owlet: What kind of neuroscience are you in? I’m applying to neurosci programs for grad school in pain processing from my psychophys experience post-grad – love to find more science lovers!

Post # 34
3798 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@earrings: I’m still mad at her! How dare she!

Post # 35
37 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

When I was little I wanted to be a wolf. haha- seriously. Interestingly my fiancee wanted to be a garbage man and my BFF wanted to be a strawberry!!!! Sadly, none of us ever accomplished these childhood dreams ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 36
1239 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

hahaha total redo!

I used to want to be a vet. Then I wanted to do pharmacy. Then PT. Then I wanted to be a nurse. 

Now I want and am going to be a preschool teacher.

Post # 37
3525 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I wanted to be an Architect and I am and I love it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 38
10713 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

When I was a kid when I grew up I wanted to be a hair dresser, a mommy and a teacher.

I am a mommy, I worked in a salon (ran away as fast as I could from that job) then I worked as a preschool teacher and ran away from that job faster than the salon… guess I was wayyyy off.

Now when I grow up I want to be rich… a lottery millionaire. =D lol.

Post # 39
2792 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

When I was little, I definitely wanted to be a teacher. My uncle (who worked at a school) actually got me a real chalkboard, chalk, & erasers and my dad hung it up outside to our deck so I could have “classes”. I’d set my stuffed animals up in little chairs, get a hold of an old textbook, and go to town.

Right now, my top priority is being a Mom (working on it!). I definitely want to stay at home, but once my kids are old enough, I would LOVE to own a flower shop. I’m obsessed with the idea!

Post # 40
371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I wanted to be a lot of things as a kid, and spent several years of college still trying to figure it out:



marine biologist


jingle writer




I became a teacher.


Post # 41
1555 posts
Bumble bee

@bakerella: And the prison thing. I would avoid that as well.


When I was little I wanted to be a geologist. I LOVED rocks. Then I met journalism and I was hooked.

Post # 42
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@MrsWrangler: I’m in a lab that studies models of psychiatric illnesses. My work has been mostly behavioral pharmacology with some molecular neuroscience. PM me if you want insight on the grad school application process/life as a grad student. I’ve had a fan-freakin’-tastic experience in my grad program and would be happy to tell you more about it (and encourage you to apply!)

Post # 43
510 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Oh man.  In chronological order I wanted to be:

1) Olympic gymnast

2) Physical therapist

3) Forensic scientist (I was a weird middle-schooler)

4) Accountant

5) News anchor (for real.)

6) Math teacher

I ended up becoming a doctor, which is the best job ever (well, I guess I’m still a med student but still).  I think I secretly have always wanted to be a vet, but I’m too afraid to have to euthanize animals ๐Ÿ™

Post # 44
929 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I’ve always wanted to be a geneticist and/or an epidemiologist.  Disease fascinates me.  I worked for 2 years as a researcher in genetics helping out with some pretty cutting edge research and i HATED it.  Not at first, but by the end i knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that it wasn’t for me.  So 2 months before beginning a pHd i’d been accepted into in happier times, I applied to teachers college on a whim and found my calling.  Now I talk about genetics, epidemiology, and ethics all the time and the few students who are as passionate about those things as i am make it all worthwhile. 

In my next life i will open a hostel/bookshop/cafe in the back alleyways of a beautiful city and introduce travellers to the best that the city has to offer.  I just need the money and to chose the city ๐Ÿ™‚

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