Weatherman or poet? Part 2
A continuation of a personal reflection and on my career path to provide some insights for students choosing between the arts and the sciences in middle and high school.
In high school, I found writing and reading came easily to me, but not science and certainly not math. And yet I never lost my love of nature and watching the skies . I even expanded my knowledge of weather forecasting, using maps and making my own weather instruments.
I was involved in sports and won awards for drama festivals and my writing. I began to write poetry about nature and the skies. But now I was only scraping by in math. I didn't really mind. Math was hard work for me at a time in my life when other talents were available to me.
But, instead of graduating straight into university level arts and languages, I accepted admission into a naval college. I figured that could still lead to a science and technology based career. I knew that it could involve my knowledge of weather forecasting. And I got accepted without great marks in math.
I did not last long in the naval college, even though I did much better in math and science there because I could apply the problems they gave me to real life situations. But was it realistic for a would be poet spending months at sea stuck inside a ship or a submarine? No... It was a romantic idea at best. Luckily there was still time for me to go back to poetry and writing. I got accepted the following summer into a combined English and Education studies program. Five years later I became a very happy English teacher.
So now, looking back, did I shape my career, or did it shape me? You can probably guess : it was a bit of both.
I was lucky. I was able to fall back on my reading, writing and literacy skills. But I took a big risk not doing my best at math in high school. Ask your guidance teacher, your parents and research what you need to reach your career dreams. If they need math and science, do your best and shape your career. Take action. Take it from a lucky poet. There could be stormy weather and rough seas ahead if you don't!
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