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2023: I attended the Haas School of Business at UC Berkley and am currently working on Wall Street. I live in New York City and
I wish that I could say that I had everything planned out for the future, but that would be a lie. The future is an unpredictable period of time that is simply impossible to plan for. Anything could happen between now and then, whether it’s a life-changing event or the slightest change of plans.
When I was younger, the one question that I was always asked by teachers, friends, and parents was: What do you want to be when you grow up? I could never find an answer to that question. Why was it even important back then? Why dream of the future when you can live in the present? I was young; I didn’t know any better. I was trapped with expectations and guidelines that I had to follow to please everyone.
“You would make a great surgeon,” they said. “You have steady hands and they make a lot of money.”
“You should be an engineer,” they said. “You are good at math.”
I’ve had almost every career thrown at me. This has only complicated my decision. I’ve heard every successful story of my parents’ friends’ children who made the right choices and ended up with money and happiness. The fact of the matter is, only I have the ability to pave my future, and I have to make the right choices to do this.
But why think of these choices now? To be honest, I want there to be surprises in the future. If everything were well planned and expected, all the fun would be taken out of the process. I have this habit of preplanning everything out beforehand until I get really stressed out in the end. I hope to tweak that habit a bit and let things play out by ear.
Of course I’ll do everything I can to reach my dream, but I also want to stay true to myself along the way. As for the first question above (What do you want to be when you grow up?), I think I may have an answer now. When I grow up, I want to be me–older and more independent, but still me.