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Old 08-08-2017, 01:19 AM
 
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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I never had a dream like that in primary and secondary school. My main interests were girls and sports. In college I thought I wanted to be a college history professor. A few years in grad school cured me of that. I switched degree programs to economics. I'm not sure I can explain why, as I failed or barely passed all the math courses I took in secondary school. What I found out was that math can be fun, if you become interested in the problems to which it is applied. I found these problems in economics. That became my career for 30+ years. It was fun.
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Old 08-08-2017, 04:11 AM
 
Location: Ypsilanti, MI
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Have you seen the movie "Hidden Figures"?

Being a NASA mathematician in the days before computers was my dream job as a child. Being 7 or 8 years old during the heyday of NASA and their initial space launches had a profound impact on my future aspirations.
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Old 08-08-2017, 04:27 AM
 
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I wanted to be a soldier, which is exactly what I did.
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Old 08-08-2017, 04:40 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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I thought it would be "keen" to be a nurse! I grew up on Cherry Ames Nurse books!


Then, I aspired to be a Nun, although we weren't Catholic!


Seems I needed some career coaching
The Catholic grade school had the entire Cherry Ames series. So many girls from that school became nurses.
Coincidence? I think not!
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Old 08-08-2017, 04:48 AM
 
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Astronaut. Upset my 2nd grade teacher no end because girls have to grow up to be mommies (according to her).

It turned out to be unachievable not because I was female, but because I was too short. I tell people I am 5' 2" but I am actually 5' 1.5". Minimum height today is 5' 2" but I'm pretty sure it was taller than that in the 60's.

Missed it by THAT much.
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Old 08-08-2017, 04:51 AM
 
Location: interior Alaska
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Sled dog.

Not musher, mind you - sled dog.

After I mastered the idea of species, astronaut.
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Old 08-08-2017, 05:25 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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I wanted to be a Rock and Roll Star.

Then I wanted to be a recording engineer. But I discovered that those jobs were rare.

So I just followed the path of least resistance and became an engineer.
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Old 08-08-2017, 06:27 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Meteorologist. I was always wanted to be the weatherman.
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Old 08-08-2017, 06:45 AM
 
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Veterinarian - but in high school, I realized that no only hadn't I the smarts, but my family could never have funded it. But I made up for it: yrs of volunteer at animal shelters, lots of animals, over 19 dogs. And I only adopt now, old, crippled, unwanted Dobermans. And in my old age, people often comment on my particular abilities to rehab animals and my special ability to cure them.
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Old 08-08-2017, 06:46 AM
 
Location: the Old Dominion
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Default 5'-6"

Quarterback in the NFL. What, another Eddie LeBaron?
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