Looking for fresh, unedited perspectives from your fellow alumni? You've come to the right place. These blogs are written by members of the BPA Alumni Division in an effort to share their experience, advice and insights with you on varying topics of interest. Whether you're curious about the best ways to network, update your LinkedIn profile or just want to know some basic Dos and Don'ts, BPA Alumni from across the country are here to share their perspective.
FINDING YOUR PASSION (4/20/2017) by Deja Gamble, Texas Alumni Member
When I started college at the University of Texas at Austin I was set on what I wanted to do for a career: become a counselor. I had researched the field and knew what steps I needed to take to reach my goal. I was going to get my bachelor’s degree in psychology, go to graduate school for education psychology, and eventually open my own private practice. However, it didn’t take me long to realize that this was not what I was passionate about.
When I was in BPA I was a state officer because I wanted to be a voice for the Texas delegation and promote change. I joined the Texas BPA Board of Directors after I graduated from high school to continue to be a voice for the Texas delegation. During my time on the Texas board, through various student organization, and volunteer opportunities I participated in for my classes I realized that counseling was something that interested me, not something I was passionate about.
Throughout life you are presented with many opportunities to discover what you like and dislike. Whether it be through classes or life experiences, your eyes will be opened to topics and situations that you may not have known existed. My eye-opening experience came from a class called Sociocultural Influences on Learning. Through this class I discovered how our experiences with our family, community, and school shape the way we learn. This lead me to my two majors: Sociology and Youth and Community Studies, and my new career goal: helping students overcome adversity to achieve academic success.
Finding what you are passionate about is not an easy thing to do. Here are a few tips to help you discover what your passion is:
No matter what your passion is remember, it’s YOUR passion! Everyone may not understand it but at the end of the day it’s about doing what makes you happy.
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