Future dreams

By Emily Marsh
LifeAtStart.com reporter

As a kid, I always wanted to grow up to be someone who helped others. It’s my natural instinct to help people and to make them happy, even if that means sacrificing my happiness. This need to help has influenced many decisions in my life, including my desired career.

Due to my drive to help, I wanted to become a teacher. Nothing sounded better to me than to be the person that helps people get to where they want to be in life and to help them learn everything they needed to get there. Up until this past summer, that was what I wanted to be.

This summer I found a different calling that would get me more money and is in higher demand, but that would require a lot more schooling and money to get there. I found another career that I would love and that would let me help people: dermatology.

I would have loved to go into any medical field, whether it be a Neuro, Cardio-thoracic, etc. However, I also had to look at the hours in which I would have to work. Becoming a surgeon that works in the hospital would mean a lot of days and nights on-call, having to answer emergency calls all the time. Dermatology, however, is a lot of out-patient surgeries that would allow me to have a standard 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. workday. This would allow me to also coach softball on the side, which I’ve always wanted to do, and it would also let me focus and spend more time on my children when the time comes.

Overall, I’m so excited to pursue this career. Even though it requires eight more years of schooling and up to three years of internship and residency, the wait will be so rewarding in the end when I get to do what I’ve always wanted and help people.