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Changing Your Life Plans

10:53:00 AM

Ever since I was a teenager, I had a life plan. I knew what I was going to do with my life: graduate high school, go to college, get good grades, take the MCAT, go to medical school, be an amazing doctor, get married, have kids, and love life. Little did I know, the universe had completely different plans.

Currently, I am at a crossroads…it's hard having the same plan your entire life, to graduate college and than have all your plans change. I went to school for Chemistry and now I don't want to ever set foot in a laboratory or do anything chemically related. My plans of attending medical school are now scratched off the list, so what now?


I'm the type of person that wants to make a difference, make an impact on people's lives, but how? All of my work in healthcare and nursing homes has helped me realize that I have to work with people, or at least have human interaction…I just love people too much (at least I have one thing figured out). It is really self-defeating when something you thought you were working for your entire life has been flushed down the toilet. It brings me to tears to think that I failed myself, but it also makes me excited to look into the future and see endless opportunities. Right now, I am meddling in so many different things I feel a little lost. I don't really know what I want to do, and I have no idea where I am going…it's kind of exciting when I think about it but mostly I am scared to death. I don't do well with failure, and I know that failure and mistakes are on the horizon until I find my niche.

Sometimes life plans change. I learned the hard way; I can't plan for everything because everything will change, or turn out differently. Where do I go from here? I'm not sure. The fun part is knowing that I will soon find something that I love and although the unknown freaks me out I need to sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.

I know I am not the only one with sudden changing life plans…so tell me, how do you cope? How do you get yourself on the right path?

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5 comments

  1. Love this post! Have you considered a career in philanthropy? You could even work for a health provider who allows access to care for under-privileged kids or those who couldn't afford it otherwise. Might be a great way to incorporate parts of what you already love with the desire to have a big impact! I'd love to chat more about that career path if you're interested! I've got my Masters in Philanthropic Studies and I'm so glad!!

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  2. I have never thought about that!! I am very interested in exploring all of my options because of right now I am not working with much! What does your Masters allow you to do? In other words what is your job title? Thanks for the kind words:)

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  3. So there are actually lots of things you can do with this degree, based on your interests and experience. I am currently a Project Manager, but you could be a Director of Development, an Event Coordinator, a Volunteer Coordinator, a Marketing and PR person -- all of these are considered "development" (read: straight fundraising). Then there's a whole other scope that is "programming" (read: actually distributing the service) so these people are out delivering items or training families or educating constituents or mentoring kids, etc. There's really a lot you can do! Warning, though, nobody goes into Philanthropy because they want to get rich. It's a bit underpaid, but the value of the work being done is priceless, so still something to think about! Anybody - Red Cross, American Heart Association, United Way, ASPCA - anybody like that that you've heard of is fair game, and not to mention smaller, local nonprofits! Here's a link to the school where I received my degree: http://www.philanthropy.iupui.edu/ Hope this helps give you a more full picture of what's out there to explore!

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  4. I'm sorry that you have to go through this. Everything happens for a reason and hopefully for a better one. I'm on the same boat; I'm everything will work out for us :)

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  5. Thank you!!! It is seriously so kind of you to take the time to talk to me about this! I am going to look into this area of study for sure!!

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