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What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

Before high school, what did we want to be? Every kid had dreams of becoming a princess, astronaut, NFL player, veterinarian, and more. But what about now? Does being a princess pay well? How hard is it to become an astronaut? Many seniors are having to decide what their path in life will be, so […]

Before high school, what did we want to be? Every kid had dreams of becoming a princess, astronaut, NFL player, veterinarian, and more. But what about now? Does being a princess pay well? How hard is it to become an astronaut? Many seniors are having to decide what their path in life will be, so how has their life journey grown as they have grown older?

Finding a career is not an easy task. Our senior class knows how that feels as they try to figure out what their life after CB will be. Most childhood dreams don’t quite fit into the college path.

Grace Ramirez (‘20) thought her life would end up like a Hannah Montana movie.  

“I wanted to be a superstar,” she says. “As a kid, that’s all I wanted to be. But now I’m looking towards physical therapy for kids.”

Many kids are fascinated with animals, leading them into their dream job working with pets.

“At first I wanted to be a veterinarian because I loved animals as a kid,” Marissa Adolphson (‘20). “But I think I’m going to major as a physician’s assistant because I’m pretty sure it pays a lot better.”

David Pearson (‘20) thought his path would be saving lives, but now he wants to save lives in a different way through justice in the streets.

“As weird as it sounds, I wanted to be pediatric neurosurgeon as a kid,” he says. Now I think I want to major in criminal justice at Sac State.”

Whitney Hunt (‘20) had a more nontraditional childhood dream — she thought she would become the next Amelia Earhart.

“I really wanted to be a pilot — I thought it would be be cool to fly wherever I wanted,” she said. “I’m trying to become a doctor for kids with special needs now.”

Many people stick with a certain aspiration for longer than expected, but some still change their minds after finding something new and better. But for some lucky few at CB, the job choice for them has been clear since the beginning. No amount of personal growth, money, and puberty could change their minds. 

Ian Raya (‘20) and Danny Buckner (‘20) plan to serve others in a way greater than themselves. Their minds have been set on the same goal since they were little, and they are still planning to pursue their dreams.

“I’ve wanted to be in the Marines ever since I was a kid, and I still plan to keep that up,” Danny says. “I’m going to the Marines to study premedical emergency.” 

Ian explained that his childhood influenced him in his decision to become a Marine.

“Ever since I was a kid I’ve seen movies and shows and even know people that were in the Marines, and it just seemed like that’s what I would do with my life, and now that’s my goal,” Ian says. “I know it’s not easy, but I’m committed enough, so I know i’ll figure it out and get to where I want to be.”

Choosing what you’ll be doing for the rest of your life is complicated and can lead you down a lot of different roads. What you thought you would end up doing as a kid could be drastically different now.

If you set your mind on something, that dream job can prosper into your reality with a lot of hard work and commitment. Our students know what it takes to pursue their dreams after CB. It might not be becoming Hannah Montana, but we’ll definitely see them doing great things.

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