Personal Thoughts

Changing Directions

Don’t worry, I’m not talking about changing directions on the blog! I’m talking about life, that’s somewhat related to the blog.

See, it had been a goal of mine since I was 13 to go to Veterinarian school. When I graduated High School, that was a BIG THING. Both of my parents had dropped out, and they both regret that decision. It was impressed very early in my life to graduate High School so I could have a better life than they had. And I’ve succeeded in that. However, I’ve still fallen short on the next part.. going to college. I met Jeff online in November of 2002, and it wasn’t until September 2003 after I broke up with my ex-boyfriend that we kind of realized that things could get you know.. serious between us. We were planning on me coming to visit him after my birthday.. and well that’s where we are now. I don’t sit and wonder about what my life would be like had I not done that, but for the sake of this post, I’d imagine my life would have looked something like this:

  • I would have gone to a community college in Virginia. I slacked off and my grades tanked in my senior year of High School, a few semesters in Community College would have redeemed me.
  • I would have most likely attended Texas A&M in College Station, or lived my big ultimate dream and gone to the University of Glasgow to get my degree in Veterinarian Medicine.
  • At which point would have lead me to either being in practice somewhere in the US, or if I had attended UoG in Scotland, there’s a strong possibility I would have renounced my US citizenship and become one of the UK.
  • The final conclusion: I would have been a Vet at this point or doing an internship or something.. and probably very happy; albeit childless and in massive amounts of debt.

Needless to say, I’m grateful how my life’s turned out! But there’s always been that voice in the back of my head -well two that sound very much like my parents- saying I should have gone to school. Which still makes sense, but my passions have changed. No, I’m not saying I don’t like animals anymore, but nowadays, my passion lies within sewing, and since I’ve recently acquired Greta, pattern making and to a lesser extent fashion designing. I was thinking about a friend who’s currently in school for fashion design, and so on a whim I went to the school’s website and looked at what they had to offer in that field. They offer 3 different Associate Degrees; Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising and Technical Apparel Design. The first one has some appeal, the second one has no appeal, but the last one has a TON of appeal. There’s Digital Pattern Design, and Draping Fundamentals to name a few. Here’s the program description:

This program will give the students the necessary skills to compete in the rapidly changing apparel industry. Technology has been infused into the curriculum with computer-aided design & Gerber software. This training can lead to jobs as designers, assistant designers, pattern makers, production managers, graders and other related positions.

Where do I sign up? Okay, I realize where I’d sign up but still. Unfortunately this isn’t going to happen this year because I have Oscar who’s still heavily dependent on me as well as the girls but to a lesser degree, but I can see myself starting school next year. Maybe. Hopefully.

Either way, I’m thrilled with the possibilities.

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