A while back I made a post titled ‘Decisions’ (which you can read here), talking about how it’s okay to change your mind, and the importance of doing what’s right for yourself, and I just wanted to write a little follow up to it 🙂
From ages six to sixteen I had my heart set on being a Vet, and around year 10, I changed my mind. Since finishing high school I have tried everything I was passionate about – teaching, dancing, and literature, but after sometime my heart just wasn’t in it. I thought that I wouldn’t find anything that would make me happy to do as a future career. Growing up I assumed that being a vet was the only career you could have helping animals, until I discovered there were so many more careers.
If you’ve read my other posts, you’ll know that animal welfare is very important to me, so working with animals as a career was always in the back of my mind.
Last year I decided I would make the decision and try to get into studying Zoology, and started by undertaking science units over the summer break to help with my chances. A Bachelor of Science (Zoology) seemed to be the most appropriate course, and I was hoping to get in mid year. My dad then informed me of a new course, commencing at the beginning of the year – a Bachelor of Veterinary and Wildlife Science – one of the career paths being Zoology. I thought there was no harm in simply applying, and giving myself more options. A few days later I was accepted!
It’s funny how things work out, because I am so glad that I’m am in this course now, as it has given me more options than I would have given myself. I can become a Zoologist when I graduate, working in animal conservation, and care and rehabilitation. However, after the 3 years, you can additionally move on to a degree in Veterinary Medicine to become a qualified vet. So I may get to the end of this course and want to continue into the Veterinary side of it, and it’s good to have that option. I would love to be a specialist vet in a zoo..
I feel like I haven’t been this happy in a long time! It sounds cliche, but I finally feel ‘right’. That I’ve chosen the right path, and this is what I was meant to do.
Of course, the course is full on – but I want to put in the hard work, because I’m working towards something that’s important to me.
As well as that, I feel happy at this Uni. I’ve made good friends, who are similar to me, plus the campus is quite small, so I don’t feel overwhelmed.
It has been a long road to get to here. Of course one side of me wishes I pursued this straight after high school, but I have had the chance to try all the things I love doing, and that what was what I wanted at the time. Those decisions have led me to where I am now. I’m thankful for all the experiences I have had that have helped me discover where I want to be in life.
I was scared to change courses once again, that I was just throwing my life away. I felt that I would never find what I wanted to do.
But I wasn’t happy, so I made a change. I cannot stress that enough.. if there is something don’t like – change it! You are in control of your own life, and you need to do what’s best for yourself. It’s taken me a while to accept this, but you need to make decisions based on your happiness, not what you think is the correct thing to do. You may make mistakes, and you may come to realise it wasn’t the right thing, but that was right for you at the time. You will change, and your life will change, and everything will turn out okay in the end. You just have to trust yourself.
I hope this has helped anyone who is in a similar situation as me, let me know in the comments if you like.
I can truly say I am looking forward to what the future holds in terms of a career, and I am so glad I listened to my heart and took a risk.
Uni exams have just finished for the semester, and I finally get a bit of a break! So I’m off to catch up on Attack on Titan season 2, and finish a novel I started reading ages ago!