When I was younger my teacher asked the question “what are you going to be when you grow up?”
At that age I daydreamed about being something amazing- a hero, a firefighter, a nurse, a dentist, a farmer, anything really. My imagination ran wild with ideas of who I was to become when I grew up. As I proceeded through life this question became harder and harder to answer. Do we ever really know what we want to be when we grow up?
I will admit I have changed my career goals multiple times as an adult. My original plan was to become an accountant. I was enrolled in the Business Diploma program at GPRC to test the waters only to find out that business and accounting were not my passion. I ended up withdrawing from the program in the second year. My life was stressful and chaotic. I felt like I ruined my life and I would never be able to be something great. I was depressed and felt alone. I couldn’t turn to my family for help because no one understood my daily struggle. I needed some soul searching. I went on a back-packing trip around Australia with a girlfriend; travelling was the best thing for me. I gained a new appreciation for myself because I was finally listening to that little voice inside. I was able to digest my life decision of quitting school. I realized my life wasn’t over and it was okay.
I returned to school a few years after to become a Registered Dental Assistant. At first I didn’t have much of an interest in dentistry. A close friend of mine recommended the program because I could get a job anywhere in the world. I have been an assistant now for six years. I absolutely love the field I am in. I am truly passionate about helping others and I value educating people about their dental needs. I have reached a point in my career where I am ready for change. I need something more. I decided to return to school once again to become a Dental Hygienist.
I am returning to school as a mature student. I feel like I am faced with new challenges as I struggle to find balance with every aspect in my life. I am thankful for having a supportive group of friends and a wonderful, caring boyfriend who help me live my dream. My biggest advice for students of any age is to listen to your body and not stress the little things. Take time for yourself and spend time with people who make you happy. Learn good study habits and never be afraid to ask for help. When you are stressing over studying and completing assignments remember you are not alone and you are allowed to let loose. Tell yourself to smile everyday, it really does make a difference in your mood. Try to engage in conversation with someone new. Take pride in being a student. We are in this together.
Submitted by GPRC Student Ambassador, Natasha Getz.