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i officially changed my major today from nursing to music.

yes, yes, i know, it's not as a lucrative thing to pursue as nursing -BUT- i'm spending 2 years to get my associates in the arts and using my 'electives' to take science classes (... chemistry.... yay.) so that when i'm done with THAT, i will be able to apply everything else towards my nursing degree.

pardon the phrase, but i'm not a spring chicken any more. i want to pursue my PASSION, learn and experience what has driven me my entire life, and THEN be able to focus on my future future, i.e. what i'll be doing until i'm 80.

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jecook
Sep. 28th, 2006 04:21 am (UTC)
Sorry about not getting back to your sooner...
Hey, ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

And congrats for pursuring what you have a passion for.

aubkabob
May. 13th, 2009 02:06 am (UTC)
Re: Sorry about not getting back to your sooner...
Thanks. Part of me sees this post and wants to scream "OMG DON'T DOOOO IIIIT" as if I hadn't, I'd have my bachelors by now, but if I HADN'T done it, then I would probably, indeed, be wondering "what if?".

At least I won't wonder that anymore, though it was a testing situation being faced with the dream I had since I was 13... and HAAAATING it.
talkingpotato
Sep. 28th, 2006 05:58 am (UTC)
I have always believed you should follow your heart, you deserve to do something you truly love :)
aubkabob
May. 13th, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)
Or, at least to TRY something you THINK you really love and get it out of the way so that you can stop with that dream and get a new one when you realize you hate it :D
talkingpotato
May. 13th, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
I've done that several times. And then ended up with something I love without realizing I would have loved it before.
fuzzipoo
Sep. 28th, 2006 06:31 am (UTC)
awesome dude. it sounds like you've found a way to pursue both your true love AND the annoying practical thing you must do to make the money. congratulations, cause that is far from easy to do.
aubkabob
May. 13th, 2009 02:08 am (UTC)
Aaah, well. Quite sad that this choice resulted in my dropping out of college with a who knows when date to return, but at least I can say that I followed that dream, no? I'd rather find out in my 30s that I hate it instead of being 60 and wondering where my life would have taken me if I had made that choice.
chibi_faolan
Sep. 28th, 2006 09:24 am (UTC)
It's a repeat to you, but hey... encore.

A Major!? B sharp!

I'm tempted to come up with more puns...

But I'll refrain. :3
gautelen
Sep. 28th, 2006 10:54 am (UTC)
Good for you, aub! I'm proud of you. :)
darker_one
Sep. 28th, 2006 11:35 am (UTC)
Good for you! Pursuing your passion takes guts.
greenminions
Sep. 28th, 2006 11:49 am (UTC)
Cool!
gracified
Sep. 28th, 2006 01:00 pm (UTC)
That's awesome! I think you should do EXACTLY what you want. Besides, the more musicians in the world the better.
beccak1961
Sep. 28th, 2006 01:25 pm (UTC)
Good for you! Nursing pays really well and I thought about it myself, except I couldn't get through the math, the chemistry, and I don't do at all well with sick people...but it does pay well:) Anyway, you haven't given up on nursing either, you're just shifting focus.
aubkabob
May. 13th, 2009 02:10 am (UTC)
Dealing with people and the public as long as I have, part of me wants to do something like become a doctor and work in a morgue so that I don't have to deal with "customers", and the other part of me really looks forward to helping people to save lives.
bealeave
Sep. 28th, 2006 01:39 pm (UTC)
Kudos to you for following your dreams.
My daughter is following a similar path. Her passion is music and theater, but she also is interested in languages. She currently is persuing a double major in music theater and East Asian studies.
aubkabob
May. 13th, 2009 02:10 am (UTC)
Part of me wishes that I would have made the decision to actively pursue music a decade earlier than I did, so that I could have gotten it out of the way sooner when I realized how much I hated it, but everything happens for a reason, I suppose.
gldngrrl
Sep. 28th, 2006 01:42 pm (UTC)
cool!
I got an associates in music then went back for my bsn.

I can't play piano so I can't really get away with a music major!

Good luck and congrats!!!
aubkabob
May. 13th, 2009 02:12 am (UTC)
Re: cool!
I've always been a dabbler in musical instruments - I know the veeeerrry baby basics of piano, drums, bass, piano, guitar... and was never an EXCELLENT singer.

I guess, overall, I'm glad that I TRIED it. I just wish it wouldn't have resulted in my dropping out of school because the realization hit me like a ton of bricks halfway through a quarter and I couldn't handle finishing the term.
capitalsax
Sep. 28th, 2006 02:11 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!!!!!
operatic
Sep. 28th, 2006 03:18 pm (UTC)
Neat! :) (One of us... One of us... ;) )
imnotbob
Sep. 28th, 2006 03:31 pm (UTC)
Go Aubs! Follow you passions, although having a way to make money is nice too ;)

Too many people dont, and that I think, it why so many people arnt happy.
aubkabob
May. 13th, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
Though I ended up hating it with almost every fiber of my being, I'm glad - overall - that I did it. Reading this post and realizing that THIS was the moment that my college education started its downward spiral has all sorts of mixed feelings welling up in me, though I know that everything happens for a reason.
ancient_exile
Sep. 28th, 2006 08:44 pm (UTC)
WOOT! You have plenty of time to be a nurse. I would so much rather being doing something I love than something I do to pay the bills and if you can have both in one... MORE POWER TO YA!
aubkabob
May. 13th, 2009 02:14 am (UTC)
That's why I've remained at OfficeMax as long as I have (6 years in August) - it pays almost more than my travel agency job did and I'm WORLDS happier than I have been at any other job.

No, I don't plan on working there for the rest of my life, but it's certainly served a purpose in showing me that I don't HAVE to work a desk job.
a_running_dog
Sep. 29th, 2006 01:05 am (UTC)
I applaud you for pursuing your dream. I also think you have the right idea in hedging your bet. After all, it's nice to have a job that allows you to finance your musical endeavors. It pains me every time I walk into Guitar Center and look at all the nifty gear, knowing I can't afford any of it.

Seriously though, having a profession is a good way to avoid poverty and be able to call the shots in your own life. No worrying about some guy walking out on you or being employed doing low-wage drudge work that you detest with no hope of escape. Perhaps it's my own insecurities about the future talking, but don't underestimate the cachet that goes with a profession. I mean if you HATE nursing, certainly don't do it simply because it's lucrative. But if you like it (but not as much as music), I'd go for it. You can make music a strong #2.

Please scratch the above. I'm biased and I don't know what I'm talking about. I guess I'm simply playing devil's advocate to the supportive chorus (of which I paradoxically also consider myself a member). =)
eternitywaiting
Sep. 29th, 2006 01:47 pm (UTC)
I chose to be an English Lit major way before I had any idea what I could actually do with it....sometimes opportunities pop up to combine what you love with how to make money, and it's always good to do something you love. (Now if only I could find someone to pay me for sitting around reading books....)
aubkabob
May. 13th, 2009 02:16 am (UTC)
Wouldn't THAT be a fabulous job?

Reading this post has been bitter sweet for me, I guess, as it seems like this was the definitive moment that I made the decision for my college career to begin its downward spiral.

Live and learn. If you don't learn from your mistakes...
rock_starlette
Sep. 30th, 2006 05:19 am (UTC)
Good choice, congrats!
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