When I Grow Up Essay

I’ve always had a hard time answering the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” There are far too many things that pique my interest for even a fleeting period of time. I’ve always known I wanted to go to college, so why didn’t I start immediately after high school is beyond me, but here I am now, and it’s time to make the most of this opportunity.

One of my longest held interests has been psychology. I love trying to figure out why people do the things they do, what motivates them. It is endlessly fascinating to me. I’m currently working on my undergraduate degree in psychology and I plan to continue on to get my doctorate. I want to be a clinical psychologist, working with people to help them overcome whatever it is that’s holding them back.

But even as I say that, I know there are other things that interest me. I’ve always loved writing and reading, so perhaps a career in publishing or editing would be a good fit. Or maybe I’ll use my degree in psychology to become a counselor of some sort. The possibilities are endless and that’s what makes the future so exciting.

I know it’s not necessary to pick a major tract in your first year at university, but let’s be honest; I’m 30 years old with two unhealthy parents who need my assistance, and a niece and nephew who have been taken from their parents and placed in my care – to put it another way, there’s no time like the present to stop being wishy-washy about your career. That said, I’ve decided on two extremely different degree tracts that not only pique my interest but also indicate an expected rise in employment for those fields over the next several years.

The first degree I’m interested in is a doctorate in psychology. It’s always been fascinating to me to understand why people think and behave the way they do, and what better way to help people than to prevent psychological disorders before they start? With an aging population and an increase in mental health awareness, there will be a greater demand for psychologists in the coming years.

The second degree I’m considering is an academic degree in psychology. I love learning new things and sharing that knowledge with others, and what better way to do that than through teaching? With the current state of the economy, many people are going back to school to get their degree or retrain for a new career. That means there will be an increase in demand for instructors at all levels, from community colleges to universities.

I’ve been interested in psychology for a long time. In junior high school, I took one of those incredibly un-informative career planning quizzes and got something to the effect of counseling as a result. Fast forward 15 years, and that topic has become a desirable profession choice. The ISU psychology program is recognized as one of the best degree programs in the country.

I am currently working towards my doctorate in psychology with a focus on child and adolescent development. The end goal is to become a licensed psychologist and either open my own practice or work in a school setting.

The beauty of psychology is that it can be applied in so many different settings and with such diverse populations. I find the study of human behavior fascinating and look forward to spending my career exploring it further.

The master’s degree might be in counseling or psychology, both of which focus on individual therapy and working with groups of people or individuals. This also has to do with educational institutions, behavioral clinics, and private practice. The second is more of an entry point into the doctorate program, implying that those who want a greater variety of employment opportunities may have more options.

The doctorate is the terminal degree in psychology which is either a PhD or a PsyD. The PhD requires more research whereas the PsyD focuses on practical experience. These are generally the type of degrees that people think of when they hear the word psychologist. Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists all need to have at least a master’s degree, but those who want to teach at a university level or do research will need to get their doctorate.

There are many different types of psychology out there and each one offers its own set of rewards and challenges. I hope that this has given you some insight into what it takes to become a psychologist so that you can make an informed decision about your future.

Geology is a fascinating area of study that holds a lot of appeal for me. I enjoy learning how and why things function the way they do, and geology is an extremely intriguing field of study. My backyard was filled with enormous pine trees, and I miss the smell of pitch and pine everyday.

I have always been interested in rocks and minerals, and as a child I could often be found with my nose pressed against the glass cases in the museum, trying to get a closer look at the different specimens. My fascination with geology only grew as I learned more about the subject, and eventually I decided that I wanted to pursue it as a career.

I am currently completing my undergraduate degree in geology, and I am planning on continuing my studies by getting a doctorate in psychology. I hope to one day work as a professor of geology, or perhaps even become a researcher for a geological survey. Who knows, maybe one day my name will be known for some great discovery! Either way, I am sure that I will always find rocks and minerals to be fascinating, and I will always enjoy learning more about the incredible field of geology.

I am drawn to geology because it is self-generating: destructive, creative, life-affirming and life-sustaining all at the same time. The ISU geology program links in with engineering on numerous levels and, while engineering has never been a field I have considered alone, there is a lot of funding from Idaho National Laboratory into the engineering curriculum which opens up many options for students interested in that area.

I’ve decided, then, to study geology with an emphasis on environmental engineering. I want to learn about how the earth works and how we can use that knowledge to sustainable practices that will help protect our planet for future generations. I think it’s important work, and I’m excited to be able to contribute in my own small way. I know it won’t be easy, but I’m up for the challenge. After all, what’s life without a little bit of challenge?

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