As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A Marine Biologist: I was very into science, and I LOVED the ocean, anything about the water. and When I heard that researching the animals that live in the ocean was a job, it sounded perfect to me. I even went on a summer camp trip which was a week out on a big “schooner” like boat (can’t remember IF it was in fact a schooner.) We spent the week out on the Long Island Sound dredging and trailing nets to look at and record whatever life/species we could find.
Later, I ended up in a unique program in high-school that allowed me to spend some of my class time out in elementary schools in our district, working with children that either had learning disabilities or were from abusive or disrupted home situations. I ended up choosing Syracuse University because they had the top Social Work program in the country. Unfortunately it did not live up to it’s expectations and I switched majors my sophomore year.