Figuring out what you want to do with you life is something you contemplate and dream of from a very young age. Through my younger years I have dreamed of being a Veterinarian, a Fire Fighter, a K9 officer, and when the time finally came to go to college my mind had switched to “I want to be a Psychologist”. I took a intro to Psych class in high school and was instantly hooked. It all interested me and I was darn determined to get my degree in Psychology and my Doctorate in Criminology to work with the craziest of the crazy in prisons and mental hospitals. College was easy for me and I loved all my classes but as graduation neared the passion just wasn’t there anymore and I found myself regretting my decision to major in Psychology. I felt like I did nothing but waste my time and money. I felt defeated and lost because I didn’t know what to do. I was $20,000 in debt and I didn’t want to think of starting over with a new major and borrowing another $15,000 to put me farther in debt. After graduation I got a new job at an animal shelter part time to buy some time to think about what I would do.
Working at this shelter reignited my passion for animals. I worked at a Veterinary Clinic through high school and half of college and I absolutely loved it there. I loved seeing animals, caring for them, saving their lives, educating owners, and every day I was learning new things! At the animal shelter I get to save lives too and seeing so many dogs and puppies find their forever homes is the most rewarding thing! My favorite part about working at the animal shelter was being able to work with and learn from our Certified Dog Trainers on Staff. I found myself watching them work, asking them tons of questions, and wanting to learn more. I remembered seeing commercials for a school for Dog Training that was free for Military Spouses. I contacted The Animal Behavior College and a couple weeks later I was enrolled!
I am learning so much through the program and it is perfect for me because it combines my love for animals and my interest in Psychology all in one. It was so hard to feel like I didn’t have a future or anything to look forward to when it came to a career. I felt like I would be stuck working part time jobs and living off my husband for the rest of my life and I would never amount to anything. I didn’t want all my education to go to waste. I found out recently that having a BA in Psychology is going to help my credibility in the training world so much. The main trainer at my work also has a BA in Psychology and he used to train animals at Sea World and now he owns his very own successful training business. That’s my ultimate goal; to own my own business and make my dream into a full blown career.
For those of you who are still struggling to find your way, hang in there because it can come to you at any time. If you have a dream you need to go for it and be happy! Don’t stick with something that you don’t love or feel passionate about . Don’t settle for anything less than you deserve, and you deserve to be happy. I know there are a lot of circumstances that can get in the way of going to school or getting certain certifications but if you make small steps, changes, and plans you can make it work! I remember reading Chantal’s post about her decision to become a Doula and that inspired me to find my passion too and follow it!
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