Saturday, March 10, 2012

A Confession..

I've had some thoughts that have been nudging at me lately. Ever since I was 9 years old I've thought that I wanted to become a teacher. It became an idea that just stuck with me, all the way until college. I had a few other thoughts (baker, food scientist, nurse) but I always made my way back to teaching. It's safe and I know what to expect from it. 

Over the last few months, I've had some second thoughts. Maybe it's because I'm a little overwhelmed with school lately and my assignments hardly seem relevant to what I'll actually be doing. It's not that I don't want to teach, it's just that there are other things I'd like to do too. I really do have a passion for working with children and I think I could be happy as a teacher but, I don't see myself in the classroom long term.

What I think I'd really like to pursue is some kind of fashion design. I'm really interested in pattern designing. I would love to have my own online business selling patterns with very detailed (and pictured) instructions. Maybe even eventually design and sell clothing as well. It's a lofty dream that I've had for a while but, hadn't really thought was possible until having some success as a blogger. I'm starting to think that maybe it's something that I could do, provided I take some classes first. Unfortunately, A&M doesn't offer any kind of fashion design classes or I would be taking them as electives. Which brings me to a dilemma...

I can't fathom scrapping the degree that I've worked almost three years for but I just wish that I could tack on a minor in design. I wish I had the foresight to pick a more design centered school when I was applying to colleges in high school. 

Another catalyst to all of these thoughts was going to see The Vow in theaters twice. Rachel McAdam's character is a former law student who dropped out to move to the city and attend art school. When she's in a car accident and suffers brain damage this decision, along with the memories of her husband, are erased from her brain. She has to make the choice all over again. 


Go see it if you haven't already!

It made me look at my life and reconsider the direction I'm headed in. It sure sounds glamorous to drop out and head to some fancy fashion school in the city, but terrifying at the same time. I don't know, maybe I'm being a little melodramatic. It's just something I can't get out of my head lately. At the very least I could probably enroll as a part time student at the Art Institute or possibly UNT when I'm student teaching next spring. 

Thanks for reading my ramblings. Just had to get that out. As always, I'm open to any feedback you have to offer. You can email me if you feel more comfortable that way (:

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91 comments:

harriethu said...

I feel like any ambitious student has reconsidered their career options at least once in their life. It's hard to be absolutely sure of your career choice at such an early stage of your life.

It might be helpful to finish your current degree, and see what internships are around your area (for summer or throughout school year?).

Anyway, I'm still a sophomore in college, so what do I know. I've been following your blog, so I thought I'd drop in. I hope you make whatever decision makes you happy. Good luck!

Kerry-Anne said...

Well, after 17 years of high school teaching I have given up teaching due to a combination of things (Christchurch earthquake, youngest child's health issues and husband needing to travel for work to name a few) to pursoe a more creative lige through my screen printing and fabric creations.
I miss the classroom but I realise that I am most happy when I am doing/being creative. I suppose what I'm trying to suggest to you is that there is life out of the classroom-teaching will always be there so....why not pursue your fashion dreams.
All the best with whatever you choose!!

Tewauna said...

I totally get your dilemma. I was in a similar situation at your age. I was going to college in my home state and was preparing for an easy degree, that I liked. But what I really wanted was to be in NYC pursuing my dreams. So what did I do? I went for it! I looked at all of my classes and what I had accomplished so far. Then I applied for my associates degree. Because of that my time wasn't wasted and I didn't loose any credits when I transferred. While I wonder what would of happened if I stayed I have no regrets about leaving.

{You could also look into online schools}

Mrs Sewell said...

Go for your dreams, no matter how "out of reach" they may seem! You only live once, so why not live the life you want to live and do it to the fullest, no regrets. I think you would do really well with fashion and design! Besides, teaching will always be there if it doesn't work out. Then there will be no, "What ifs?" :)

Happy in red said...

As Steve Jobs used to put it: we will spend the most of our time working, so it would be a pitty if we don't spend that time with something we don't love. So GO for it. Doesn't mean you can't get your degree in teaching though, that seems like a very useful degree to have. You are still young and teaching could be your way to pay yourself through designing school... (win win I say!)
Good luck,
Esther.

naomimarcus said...

Couldn't you transfer to a different college? Not sure if you can do that, but in the UK you can, don't see why it'd be much different.
Transfer to a different college, keep on with your teaching degree but take some design classes on the side.
The only other thing I can think of is to go to a community college in the evenings?
Whatever you decide, make sure you are totally happy with it, because this is your life, and it's up to you to make it the best it can be, and you definitely don't want to reach 70 and look back with regrets. :)

Pretty Clucked Up said...

If I were you (meaning this is coming from someone who, 10 years later, is still on a "leave of absence" from college) I'd finish your degree if you're super close to being done (less then 2 years?). BUT I would also 100% pursue your pattern making. and you can do that while you're still in school. If it goes well, and it takes off, then you're all set, and if not, you'll have a teaching degree also. So you're still all set.

I think you're totally onto something with your idea. I've been dabbling in making my own clothes a little more lately, and I'm totally frustrated by how NOT user-friendly the standard garment patterns are. You should make up a few test patterns and try them out on yourself and your friends (or send me one!) and see what you get for feedback. You can start up an Etsy shop with practically NO cost other then the $0.20 listing fee, and you'll be able to see with almost no risk how the rest of the world responds to your designs. Good luck!!!
-Lindsey (prettycluckedup.blogspot.com)

Shu Bing said...

I did architecture in university for 2 and half years (halfway through my degree), decided it was not for me, and left to pursue business. I don't hate architecture, in fact, I really loved it. But the thing was, I didn't quite do well in it to the extent that I thought I should just look at architecture from the sidelines. I'm now doing business, and it's not exactly what I like, but at least it is something that makes me feel good since it's manageable. I know art, design all that may sound nice, but sometimes, I think you need to do it to know how it really is. i don't regret my decision.

to be honest, i'm not too sure what i'm driving at, and i'm not too sure what i should be. i guess i just thought I could share my experience from the opposite perspective.

on a sidenote, i really enjoy reading your blog.

Whitleigh said...

Woah. Kind of ironic since I'm an interior design major rethinking my life wondering if I want to be a teacher! Thanks for your post, I was beginning to think that I was the only crazy one who basically got all the way through their degree and possibly changed their mind. I graduate in May though, so no changing now! Just possibly a second degree. I wish you the best of luck and will be praying for you!

Jenn @ PSP said...

I totally relate to your feelings! I studied theatre education in school because I loved theatre, but didn't really want to pursue being an actress, director, etc - so I thought it would be great to be a theatre teacher. It wasn't until I was student teaching that I realized that I wasn't prepared to make the time commitment that is necessary for it - it was like 10-15 hours of overtime a week, and it just didn't make me happy not being able to live my life as well. Now I'm not using my degree at all - I'm working with babies at a day care - but it did help me to get the job there. The advice I got that I pass on to you is to hang on to your degree. Maybe you can teach for a couple years while you take fashion design classes! It sounds like you'd be okay with doing that. Trust me, when you have to start paying back loans, it's good to have an income : ) You could even do something like Teach for America, which would help you pay back loans, and you'd probably get the option of living in the city, where you could take your classes! I definitely don't think you should give up on your dream, but I think you should hold on to what you've already accomplished.

Jenn

passengerseatperspectives.blogspot.com

sarahflight said...

I would tell you to reach for the stars and do whatever you want - as long as you work hard at it you will succeed. It may take a while but you need to consider if it's worth it. If it was me I would definitely finish off my degree first though, especially as you've already come so far, and it will always be there waiting for you if you ever want to go back to teaching, perhaps you could combine the two and be a fashion teacher? hehe! Just remember that you are never stuck and can always do something different, at any age.

Sarah

http://www.sarahflight.blogspot.com

Taylor said...

Hey Katy, I was in your exact shoes when I was your age but reverse haha! My degree was in costume design and I had an amazing internship and realized it was long and hard hours and not a ton of $. But my best advice is to finish what you are doing now. You can always add on but you don't want to erase what you have done! So I finished with my costume design degree then became a flight attendant... Random haha. Then I didn't love it so I did outside sales for a radio station then I did my alt certification to become a teacher. I taught 3rd and 5th for 4 yr and got certified for art cause I thought that could be the best of both worlds:) but then I had my babies and I stay home. And I just opened a little home and huge boutique in Houston! So don't ever think you can't change paths a million times haha but I say just finish cause u will be glad you did!

Melissa said...

As a teacher, I would NEVER encourage someone to get in to the education industry. It's sad, I know. But in Texas, the lawmakers and parents have no respect for our profession, our professionalism, and what we do. The field is so volitile and the pay is terrible. (And the insurance is worse!)

I hope you find your true calling and love it!

Allie said...

Hi Katy! I totally understand what you're going through. I completely changed directions in college, too. I went from pre-med to teaching. But I was able to work it out and finished with a teaching degree. I have taught now for 5 years and I love it, BUT teaching is time consuming. Like, REALLY time-consuming. If you are good at your job, you are constantly putting LOTS of extra hours into it. Being creative is time consuming. I am sad a lot about how much time I can't devote to creating and other times I'm sad about not being able to devote as much time to school as I need to because I feel the need to create! It's a constant struggle for me. I guess what I'm saying is, it will be hard to do both and do both well. I have dreams of opening an online jewelry shop, but it's not happening anytime soon-mostly due to teaching (and some other things, too, of course). My advice? Finish school since you haven't got that much left. But when you're done, listen to your heart. If you're dying to go to art school, just go do it. Then you'll always have your teaching degree to fall back on if you need it. Best of luck making those decisions. But definitely DO WHAT YOU LOVE. :)

kate said...

As a girl who thought I knew what I wanted to do and has kind of bounced around a bit I know this: having a degree in SOMETHING is more important than what you do with it. I say, finish out college where you are and while you are there, find the requirements for different schools and see if you need a portfolio and stuff. Esearch the cost of living where you want to be and figure out the logistics. Graduation does not have to mean you jump into the first job that comes your way (I did and it got me nowhere fast). I have found after a few years of soul searching, that ultimately I know what I want to "be when I grow up" but it has taken me at least 7 years to firmly know. And that has meant some ups and downs along the way but I'm a better me for it.

Seems crazy to finish out our teaching degree but if for some reason you ended up deciding that you didn't want to do fashion full time, you have something to fall back on! Good luck.

Amy said...

Do it! Come up with a design, draw it out, put the pattern to pdf (there are tons of tutorials on how to do this)--and then see how many fish bite! Guaranteed--with your over 3000 followers--that you will have a ton of people buy that pattern and get you started on a side-business while pursuing your teaching degree!

allie said...

I just graduated in December with a degree in Elementary Education, and I understand what you're going through. As I was knee deep in my classes, I was thinking "None of this is relevant." And it's true, it wasn't. It's hard to teach you how to teach without you actually teaching! Don't let that feeling overwhelm you. During my coursework, I wanted to stop and switch to social work. But, like you, I was almost done!

I'm glad I stuck it out. I finished up student teaching and am now subbing (December is an add time to graduate as a teacher). The good thing about teaching is you have your summers off, which offers lots of time to pursue other interests. Finish your degree, reconnect with why you wanted to teach in the first place, and look in design to fulfill you in your off time!

Good luck with your decision!

http://startactingmyage.blogspot.com

Charis said...

Katy, I'm a theatre major, and I spend a TON of time working in our costume shop. Patterning and design is very exciting- and after reading your blog, something I think you'd be very good at. If it is something you love, you owe it to yourself to give it a go. You could be denying yourself your greatest happiness if you don't.

On the other hand, going into the arts is a scary thing- whichever art it may be.

Good luck with whatever you decide!

Allyson said...

I get cold feet about teaching a lot (more than I ever say out loud!) I think part of it is just getting to the end of school and realizing that it's all real! You are exactly right about the classes feeling irrelevant, but I think you're going to realize just how much you love it once you start student teaching!
I hope you'll find a peace about all of it...and there are always summers to do other projects!

Allyson
http://cupcakescandycanes.blogspot.com

KC said...

Follow your heart. When I am faced with difficult situations and trying to decide, i usually do a pro's and con's list for each idea and really take time to weigh things out. I hope you don't totally abandon the idea of fashion design. Maybe there are ways you can incorporate both things?

KC
http://www.kccandy.blogspot.com/

stephanie g said...

Hey, here's my two-cents. I grew up always wanting to be a teacher too. I would consider other things, but always came back to teacher because it seemed like the most realistic for me, so that's what I did. I've been teaching for 4 years now (1 year in mainstream HS, 1 year at an international school in Central America, and 2 years at an alternative HS). I really enjoy teaching, but the money isn't great and most people treat teachers like baby-sitters, and it's a really challenging job. I would suggest you finish your degree, so that you can start working and making money, but still keep your options open and maybe take a class or two at a time while you're working. Good luck! I think it's only normal when you get close to graduation to wonder if you made the right choice, but it will all work out!

Rach H @ FamilyEverAfter said...

that was fun to read! you could do the best of both worlds and teach home ec! lol. i majored in family and consumer science teaching, and was able to teach 8th grade sewing. it was a blast. not sure if your university offers that though. best of luck to you with all these decisions. they are never easy ones to make.

runbobbierun said...

I was actually curious as to what your major was, because I thought you had some natural talent for design/sewing and I was curious if you were planning on doing something related.

I was in a similar position my junior year of college. I was a marketing major with a German minor. I studied abroad in Germany and when I came back I had an entire semester of business classes to make up. I hated it. So, I switched to German.

I knew I probably wouldn't have too many options available in the German field when I graduated, but I've never regretted making the switch. I figured I was paying for school, so I should at least get an education I was proud of. If I stuck with marketing I would feel bad for not using my degree.

One option that might work, depending on whether your university offers it or not, could be family consumer sciences. That would give you the opportunity to persue design along with your teaching degree. That's just a thought I had.

Ultimately, you should do whatever makes you happy. I think you have a lot of talent in design, and if that makes you happy go for it. Good luck with whatever you decide to do!

Cass said...

I did two years of a teaching degree, swapped into psychology and when I graduated worked as a social worker for a year. This year I'm managing a bookstore. The pay is not great but I love the work and after a yr of getting good pay but hating the job (social work) I'vedecided there are more important things than money. Who knows what I'll end up doing in a few years time. I don't feel I wasted my time at university, I learned alot and it was good fun but in the end I think you should livethe life you want now instead of worrying too much about the future. Follow your dreams! :)

Alicia @ The Creative Vault said...

I agree.

Juliette said...

So good to be thinking about these things now -or at least paying attention to your thoughts. =)

I would try to take some design classes somewhere, even some online courses if possible, to try things out in person. Also visit schools and talk to people in these programs to try and get a flavor for it.

I will say that I was at the bang-my-head-on-the-wall stage in college right before my internships rolled around. I did my internship and instantly felt psyched about continuing my studies. I realized how I was using what I studied (more or less) and how I needed to keep learning. I wouldn't totally scrap teaching until you've had some realistic-as-possible classroom time.

In the same vein, maybe you could arrange to intern/shadow a designer during a school break to try that on as well.

Good for you for thinking about this now!

Laura @ ON{thelaundry}LINE said...

I'd pursue both options until you've got a feel for things if I was you! If it's possible at least.
I was going to school to be a graphics designer and when I got partway through I realized how cut-throat the industry is, how critical people are, and how I would not likely love being artistic as much if I continued to pursue that career. I did do a bit of an internship with a fashion designer as her fashion illustrator! (I was turning sketches and fabric into illustrations that could be presented to a board who would or would not back her line financially.) that was fun! In the end I wound up decideing to work for a year and then go back to school for... teaching! lol. But then we had kids, and now my husband has started his own business which would have been hard for him today if I wasn't backing him at home. So you never know where your path will take you, and you never know how you'll feel about something until you've tried it. (I didn't think I was cut out to be a SAHM but I just love it)

Alicia @ The Creative Vault said...

Oh girl! Don't give up now! You are too close. I will probably echo a lot of what others are saying so I'll just say that you can never have too much knowledge and you can never pursue too many dreams and you have all the time you are on this earth to do it.

I started college a political science major took a year off went to culinary arts school, went back to university and finished my degree in Geology education. I then worked for a successful law firm until I had kids and have been playing mom for the last 4 years. On the side I still pursue my interests in cooking as well as sewing and design. When my children are school age I fully intend on going back and getting degrees in culinary arts, and fashion design as well as participating more in my local government. My point is - you can have lots of interests and ambitions and follow lots of dreams and you don't necessarily need to abandon one in search of another. There is a season for everything you want to do in life.

Good luck to you!

Bohemian Beetnik said...

Funny you mentioned food scientist, as that was my degree in college (I started out as a Wildlife major, wanting to run around with the lions in the Serengeti, lol). Then I ditched the food science and started my own pet sitting business and now I run a shop on Etsy selling natural cosmetics and skin care. My point being, it's perfectly fine and normal to change what/who you want to be when you grow up. IMHO, since you are so close to graduating to become a teacher, I would just get that done. Your right, I would hate to waste 3 years of schooling and start all over again. While teaching, you can always open a shop on Etsy or elsewhere (you can even do that now). You are very talented and I can see your shop taking off, at which point maybe you would decide to commit to full-time or even open a real life boutique (so cool!). Teaching can always be your back-up while at the same time pursuing your dreams as a designer. Remember, you can always go back to school or take a few classes here and there to learn more about design. Unlike some careers, you don't HAVE to have a degree in fashion design to be a designer. I love your blog and see much success in your future. Good luck and keep us posted!

Kelly Daniel said...

If the US system is anything like the UKs - there is little long term fulfillment in teaching, in my opinion. The fun evaporates under the hideous weight of paper work. I am disillusioned with teaching after 10 years and would have loved to have that time back again to follow my passions rather than the need to do something to make a living. Go for your dreams. It may seem morbid to one so young but you don't want to be thinking "DAMN, I wish I had..." on your death bed!

Rosie said...

I remember going through something really similar. 2/3 through my degree, having always wanted to be a journalist, I realised I didn't want to be that anymore. I was studying political science, hoping to be a 'serious' writer. I couldn't change degree, my parents were stretching themselves for me to study there and I couldn't support myself starting again. So wind forwards 2 years and I wanted to be an English teacher. Trying to get onto a course was impossible as I needed an English degree, so it took quite a while, and a lot of work experience before I could start the process of qualifying. It was hard, of course. Even when I had finished, the reality of teaching (in the UK) was pretty intense. I love creating lessons, and helping kids to learn. I really hate grading papers, it takes hours and is repetitive. Over the course of 3 years, my workload increased to the point where I basically taught, prepared and slept. So I made another change, to working in the private sector....it's given me the time back to be creative again. I have my hobbies back, a new blog, and a relationship that works.

While teaching is an amazing profession, if you are in any doubt, you will probably find it quite tough. Yes, you can balance your time and still create, doing both. At some point though, you will have to choose what you want to do...teaching will always eat up the majority of your time and energy.

If you have the means to finish your studies and then spend time at an art school, then maybe that is the best thing to do. Teaching isn't a 'fallback' job, it's something that should set you alive. However, it's a very rewarding and satisfying job to do while you work out if you can make the creative side work.

I hope you can find out what you want to do and that it brings you happiness.

Rosie xx
P.S. I wanted to thank you for teaching me how to sew your pencil case design...it was the first thing i made on my new machine. x

jacobithegreat said...

It's okay! Do it!

I changed my major my junior year and as a result spent a total of 7 years to get my degree, and I'm so glad I did; I don't regret a second of it!

Even if you realize it was a bad decision, you'll never wonder, "What if?"

Amy said...

Being a teacher, I can tell you that most of your classes are absolutely irrelevant to what you actually do as a teacher. Education is not a really great place to be right now, either. I've been teaching for 6 years, and have yet to get permanent status because of budget issues. While I love what I do, I wouldn't encourage others to get into the field right now. It seems like it would be the perfect time for you to get a second degree and see how that goes. Then you can always come back to teaching. And maybe by then some of the budget issues will have been figured out and new standards will have been implemented. Or you'll be a super famous designer! Good luck with your decision!

Dalya said...

I love your blog and love that you shared your thoughts here!
I'm a college student myself, hoping to major in Microbiology and will transfer to a state University soon. But like you, I am also pretty burned out and so tired of the constant stress and pressure. I changed my major and it's why it's taking me longer to transfer, so I am pretty tired of not being able to move on yet. And point is, do something that you like! Other students out there are only majoring in a field just for the money..and these people are a bad example for the future. Stick with your hopes and do what you want to do, regardless of how hard it will be or what other people think. The microbiology field is pretty limited I should say, but it's a topic I totally adore and want to learn more about.
Follow your heart!

Laura "Lala" said...

I know exactly how you feel. I was a computer engineer my freshman year of college. I did it because my parents wanted me to and it would have been easy to find a good paying job after graduation, but it drove me crazy. I couldn't see myself laying out circuits and writing code for the rest of my life.

So I changed my major to Virtual, Technology, and Design. It's a pretty broad program, so after graduation most students go into gaming, educational visualizations, or the movie industry. If you watch Faceoff on SyFy, Rayce Bird actually graduated from my school's program not too long ago.

I'm so happy I changed my major. I'm a senior, but I won't be graduating until next spring because of the switch. Which is fine with me, because I get to procrastinate being a grown up. lol I don't know what I'll be doing when I graduate, but I really want to find a way to incorporate my degree with the DIY field.

Don't you wish there were jobs out there, for crafters like us, where we could actually make a living? That's my dream. :)

Good luck.

Janna Fuchs said...

I'm majoring in elementary education, but at one point I was deciding on teaching or interior designing. I think it's all connected...it's kind of hard to explain, but a lot of people I talk to who are majoring in teaching (or who are teachers) are also creative and enjoy doing that kind of stuff.

I like diy stuff and love thinking of myself as a creative person, hence, why I come to your blog with diy projects! :)

I had also thought of owning my own store where I created the things in it... As a teacher, there is always summer to do stuff you want as well. You're going to be busy for 9 months with school, but the summer can be "you-time"! Goodluck with your decisions and I know this didn't really have anything to do with much of what you were asking about, but you're not alone in thinking these kinds of things! :)

carrie said...

I just found your blog and think you are precious and incredibly talented.

I usually don't comment but really felt my heart pull at me to tell you to follow your heart.

I am mom to 2 precious children (I also live in Texas) and I often say "if I could go back and tell my 18 year old self, I would tell her to not listen to what everyone else around is doing, or wanting me to do and i would move to NY, attend design school and be happy." Now don't get me wrong, I am so thankful and blessed with my husband and children. I've worked full time prior to having children, in marketing which is what I majored in, and I hated every minute of it. I hate marketing. Still to this day...hate marketing. I love the design BEHIND the marketing, but marketing itself...no thank you.

And now, I think it is too late for me to go back, start over, while being responsible and saving my my children's college when I should have listened to those whispers in my own heart a long time ago.

Don't worry about what others may think. Listen to those whispers in your heart. Take chances. Don't look back years from now wishing you had.

Big hugs!
Carrie@221vision.com

Jen said...

I got to the same place when I was in school. I was a junior, studying interior design, when I realized all I really wanted to be was an art teacher.

I went with my gut and within 24 hours, dropped my classes, changed my major. It was the scariest most impulsive decision I had made my entire college career.

Yes, it took me 3 more year to get out of college. But I literally love my job now.

You are young. Do what your heart tells you to do. Because you will want to be in a place in 5 years where you love getting up in the morning just to do what you were created to do.

Kimberly said...

I really wanted to major in interior design, but didn't have the foresight to pick a school with that major or the guts to switch schools, so instead I chose Family and Consumer Science Education. It still included some interior classes and they were my favorite. Now I'm a mom and my husband is looking for work and I'm so glad I have a teaching degree so that I can have a stable secure job. Plus I just started my design blog and I love doing it one the side! You already have your blog, and you can grow it as much as you want. But I suggest getting your teaching degree as something you can always count on.

Andrea said...

Hey Katy,

Just thought I'd share my friend's experiences. She spent five years pursuing an biology degree, because all her life she had wanted to be a doctor. Part way through her fourth year, she changed her mind. She has always loved architecture, so that's what she now wanted to pursue. She when to a summer architecture program in order to be sure that's what she wanted. She continued to do the fifth year of her bio program, since she was so close and didn't know for sure she wouldn't change her mind back in a few years. She's about to finish that fifth year, but has applied to architecture programs for next year. She's basically starting all over again, but at 23, she's okay with that.

After all that, my advice to you is to go for your dreams of fashion design, but finish your teaching degree first. That way, if you change your mind back in a few years, you have the degree to go with. Is there another school close by that you could switch to to get that minor in design?

Andrea

Abbey said...

I was a Biology major working towards Nursing School, when I realized I seriously hated Biology. Nursing was just something I was slightly interested in and felt good about doing. I changed my major last year, and am 100% happier with my life, doing what I love (Media Production) and I salvaged a minor in Bio if I ever need it. Do what you love.

Kerry said...

I can also relate and have changed directions a bunch of times. What I've learned from that is that 1) there's not necessarily one perfect, true way. We're multi dimensional people and have many talents and desires and that will change as we do. And many of your interests and talents can work together, they're not mutually exclusive 2) If you pick one direction for now, it doesn't mean other directions can't be taken. Or they can't be taken at the same time. I used to feel like I HAD to make sure I was choosing the correct path because I only had 'one chance' or something but now I have this freeing feeling of being able to do whatever I want at any point in my life. It's not one or the other, all or nothing and I can learn new things, get into new careers at any point without whatever I was doing before being a waste. I don't buy the whole negative "starting over" dilemma. I expect to be learning and growing my whole life. You're adding to yourself, not starting over.

I know it's a really personal decision, but if it was me, I'd finish up the degree while researching more about design interests and then going from there. Your degree won't be a waste even if you don't use it. Education is never a waste. Who knows, maybe in the future, you'll work on the side of your design business teaching young troubled youth how to sew, design, work creatively. Best of both worlds!

Sunny Vanilla said...

hi katy! my response is a little long winded, so sit tight...i got my degree in communications with an emphasis in advertising and i questioned my decision throughout college. i actually thought about switching careers months after i graduated because i still wasn't sure it was what i wanted to do. i stayed with it for six or so years, but i also found other outlets outside of work to fill the "creative" outlet that I was longing for.
i'm the reverse of you because i had always considered teaching. so after those six years, i went back to school for my alternative certification and taught 3rd grade for a couple of years. unfortunately, it was not what i had hoped it would be. i don't want to give you any negative thoughts, but teaching was very time consuming and if your heart is not in it, then go after what it is you love. with that being said though, i would finish your degree and go from there.
i'm a firm believer that things always have a way of working themselves out. you will figure it out. i promise. you have so many good years ahead of you so don't feel like you have to have it figured out by the time you're 25 or 30 or 35.
get your degree, then go from there!!! you can always teach night school to support yourself while you go back to school during the day for fashion design.
i hope that helps!
take care,
jen
sunnyvanilla.blogspot.com

Andie said...

I am a business student, and the past year I have been thinking more and more about ditching it and starting a farm. Not really fashion school, but gardening and teaching children about growing vegetables is my passion. But it is scary just thinking about not getting a degree, selling our home and buying a farm. So I know how you feel at the moment. I was raised knowing I would go to school, get a degree, and get a job.

Joanie Wheeler said...

I went to A&M too and I was an ENDS major. Maybe to fulfill you creative side, you could take an ENDS course or two. I know that non-majors can take ENDS101...and that lets you be creative. Or if you have the time, maybe you could sit in on an art class like ENDS115...or I think you can even take that class. Just something to see if you like it?

Jen said...

You are me 9 years ago! I actually started out in fashion, then when my family convinced me to go a more "employable" route, I changed to education. I did that for almost 3 years, then after my first real teaching situation I came to grips with my real desires to go back to fashion. Fortunately I was able to change majors at my school and only added a year, but have never doubted my decision! I have competed (and placed) in sewing competitions where I won a sewing machine and a serger, and have just finished my second fashion show, plus am putting my pieces in a local boutique. My two cents is follow your heart!

Along The Bay said...

I have never, and when I say never I mean never, commented on a blog post of anyone, but this blog post really spoke to me. My entire life I have thought that I wanted to go into the medical field, but the last couple of years I have realized that is not what I want to do at all. What I really want is to move to California to become an actress. I would also like to write books and hopefully have a clothing brand of my own one day. Once I realized that is what I want to do, I literally spend so much of my day thinking about it. One thing that I realized while thinking about all of this so much is that I am scared out of mind. One of my friends posted a status on Facebook one day that said, "If your dreams don't scare you then they aren't big enough." This relates so much to my dreams and goals in my life. I do not want to be 50 years old and looking back at what I have done in my life, and saying that I wished I had done something differently. Dreams are meant to be scary. I know you don't want to feel like you just wasted 3 years of you life in school trying to get a degree in something that you aren't going to do anymore. Would you rather have spent 3 years of your life doing something that you aren't passionate about or spend your entire life doing something you aren't passionate about? School will always be there. You already have 3 years almost done. Personally I would rather take a risk and go into the fashion industry. If that doesn't work out then you only have one year left of college that you could always come back to. Remember that life is really short. Spend your life doing something that makes you happy even if that means taking risks, and doing something you are scared of. Good luck because I know that this has to be hard for you.

The Kitchen Muse said...

Well, my 2 cents...we always tld our kids to first get a degree in something you can make a decent living at....then go back to school for whatever else you enjoy but might be harder at making a living at....that way you have both to fall back on....
maybe you could also find a way to combine the 2? I'm not sure what ages you wanted to teach but somehow teaching design to children...?

seewhatlindseyloves said...

I'd wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember and then I ended up going to school for it, but ultimately switched from math education to interior design and then finally to fashion marketing - which is what my degree is ultimately in. I LOVED my course work and was so passionate about it, but have never worked in the fashion field other than managing a retail store for a bit. You've got a great base for a business with your blog - something that we didn't have 9 years ago when I graduated from college. I've often thought about trying to go back to school to get my teaching credentials, but at this point I don't think it will happen. It seems like you're so close to finishing what you've started that I would stick with it, but see about enrolling in some part time classes or something. I studied abroad in the summertime and went to American Intercontinental University in London - they have a great fashion program and the courses easily transfer back to US colleges for elective credits at the very least. Maybe you could do something like that to gain some skills? The beauty of teaching too is that you are guaranteed weekends and summers off. Perhaps you could start something part time with fashion and then work your way into full time after a year or two of teaching. Just a thought! Best of luck to you. You are really, really talented!

Wendy said...

As a 30 something who has changed careers recently, I say do whatever makes you happy. I wanted to take fashion markting and merchandising classes when I was in school the first time around. My parents said no because they didn't think it was a lucrtaive career choice...so they pushed me into child care(it is what my mother did) I did it for 11 years, and I was never truly happy with it, not to mention that I couldn't support myself of such little pay. After more school, I now have a better paying job, which allows me to also spend time with my family and run my small etsy business! If all else fails, you could teach art/design, right? :) Good Luck!

BeadsAndBarnacles said...

Lol you got a lot of comments on this, and they all seem quite long (shamefully I ahvent read them all) so ill try and keep this brief...
Don't drop out, during my 4 years at uni I knew a number of people that dropped out and through talking it over with my friends decided that unless there is some reason such as family problems or medical that noone should drop out after their second year. The amount of money put into it doesnt weigh up to the lack of degree.
Also if you are applying for another uni course or a job a course in some alternative subject is MUCH better than having to say that you started that course but didn't finish it. That looks so bad...

Also teaching is a good option to have to fall back on if you do take the plunge later and it doesn't work or you want something a little simpler.

You could always do an online course during your studies or find somewhere to study pattern drafting during your summer...

mskimmi said...

As someone who has been out of college for a while - GO WITH YOUR DREAMS. I stuck to a degree that I knew was good for financial stability and that I was good at instead of going with my passion. I often wish I had gone with the passion. You are going to have to do this career for most of your life. You are going to have to get up every single day knowing this is what you will do today, tomorrow, and for the foreseeable future. And you want to make sure that makes you happy. What is important to you and what is something you want to do for the rest of your life? It is very very hard to change careers midstream down the line. Not impossible - but extremely hard and sometimes the risk is not possible due to other factors (bills, family, ect.). I honestly believe that if you can make that change to your passion while you are young, before you are tied down, than do it. Work your passion, what you enjoy. Go for your dreams. I wish I had and I'm very very jealous and proud of my baby sister who is the only one of us who had the strength to do just that.

Erin said...

Im totally in a similar situation! I teach middle school in San Antonio. While getting my degree I was bored with the work and thought it was pointless. I had always wanted to do interior design, but with the economy it just doesn't seem like a smart option at this point. 2 years in and I really REALLY dont like teaching.

I instead talked to some friends and professionals in the graphic design field and I'll be starting at Texas state in the fall. Because I already have a degree it should only take me 2ish years to finish.

My advice, see how you like your student teaching, you'll always have that degree to fall back on if fashion design doesn't work out. In the meantime, find people in design school and professionals in the industry to get a better idea of what direction you should go once you finish your current degree. And talk to your parents and other 'grown-ups', it helps when you realize how many people changed their career paths. Good luck!

Little Treasures said...

After more than 16 years of teaching, I find my job suffocating and I do not consider the classroom my playground any more. I am in a need of a different playground and considering a change.

I would say you do what your heart yearns for the most. In the end you wouldn't find yourself wondering what could have been. Open your wings and pursue your dreams! Good luck!

Erin Tame Designs said...

I've always said we are forced to decide what we want to do with our lives before we even have a chance to discover what it is we are passionate about!

I majored in Communications, thinking I wanted to be a journalist or work in the media.

Wrong!

Now that I've had many years post-college to dabble in other areas, textile design, fashion merchandising, and interior design are my true passions.

If you are in a position to redirect your path, do it! I wish I had discovered my true passion while still in college instead of finishing with a degree I used for exactly two years.

I'm so excited for you!!!!

Jennifer said...

Katy, you're brave for posting this! It takes courage to confess that sometimes on the way to a dream, you find one you love more! That's why I say, there's always grad school. Think about finishing your teaching degree and about grad school programs that offer something fashion related. Best of luck!

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Lyndi said...

You're so close to finishing, just finish and then go to a design school. This is only my second year teaching(which i really love) so I remember the dumb education assignments that make no sense and you will never use. But I think it's worth finishing. Even if you decide not to pursue some kind of design career, you have teaching to fall back on.

Chris said...

I think EDU degrees take about 5 years?

You could switch to part time and take classes online towards design, or continue on EDU and minor in anything design or textile related. Or perhaps there is a community college nearby that has fashion degrees or certifications.

I think its a good idea to continue your current degree and finish it. Then at least you will have a degree and can work part time while you go back to school for fashion. After getting you EDU degree, you don't have to get a teaching position, you could work at a daycare- they always want teaching degrees there. You could also substitute.

You're still young so changing your mind now won't be such a huge deal as it would be in your 30s. I'm really just guessing your age...I think I remember seeing your 21 bday post this past year.

I graduated in 2006 (at age 23) with graphic design and went back to school in late 2009 (wooo 26) for massage therapy. A totally different degree and I don't regret it...except for the crummy economy of course. I love both job paths and I'm looking forward to working in both in the future.

Find your happiness....

Kelli said...

I have been in your shoes, just reversed, Katy. I went to college to major in Agricultural Communications because both of my parents were teachers and I wanted to do something different. I loved my program and was good at it, but something kept gnawing at me that it was the wrong fit for me. My junior year when Chris and I got serious and I knew I'd be moving to a small-town, I reconsidered my options and decided that teaching might be the right fit for me after all. I took a couple of teaching classes as electives and volunteered with a friend who taught. I'd worked at summer camps and with kids my whole life. I knew I could teach. BUT I was a semester away from graduating and ready to get married, so I went ahead and finished my degree. Then I took a year of teaching courses at a local university satellite campus that taught in the evenings and I substitute taught during the day.

And teaching was a great fit for me for 3 years before I became a SAHM. So, I've been there, questioning my decisions and wondering what path to take. For me, finishing the first degree was the right choice. It gave me more options in my future and allowed me quicker access to my goal because I had a college degree. BUT that doesn't make it the right decision for you. Weigh your options, pray about it (if that's your cup of tea), and don't make a decision before you are ready. Teaching (while also creating/designing) is great because of the hours. Yes, you'll be exhausted in the evenings, but you do have weekends and summers (although short) off to design/create and pursue that goal if you so choose.

Best of luck in deciding... :)

The Little Texan said...

I recently moved from California with a degree in Textiles and Clothing which I guess is why I will offer this piece of advice (being somwhat biased). The University of California Davis has an amazing Textiles department along with a Design major. Whether it be fabric dyeing or pattern making or even designing clothing that school has it. It not only teaches you what fashion and design are about but also sociology and business and history behind it all.

I started out as a biology major with a textiles course as an elective. I hated biology and after 2 years there seemed to loose myself and wasn't sure anymore what I wanted to do. I came home for a year and decided what I really loved was fashion and I was going to pursue it. I know California is far from Texas and out of state tuition and all, but it really does have an amazing and a one of a kind program. It would be worth it!

However, good luck with whatever you choose to do and where you decide to go. Always remember, follow what you love :)

http://thelittletexan.blogspot.com/

Rachel {polkadots and puppies} said...

Hey Katy,

I'm so sorry that you're feeling unsure of things right now. I have my fashion degree, and there were LOADS of people in my class who were there pursuing their second degrees after graduating with degrees in Psychology, Communications, Math, and, yep, you guessed it-Education. There's always time! Also, I remember that no one from my class was very interested in pattern making. I suppose because it's so very precise, and sometimes people consider it less creative. But our instructors made a point of telling us what a valuable skill it is (It really is such a gift to have the knowledge to make my own clothes, and make the pattern myself, if I feel so inclined!), and that there are LOTS of high-paying jobs for pattern makers because it is so technical. You are such a proactive, focused and driven person that you will be able to follow your dreams, even if they are delayed a bit, my friend ;) {hugs} to you!

Jasmin Darling said...

You're so close! I'm currently in medical school, on my way to becoming a doctor, and I still have these same thoughts. Not necessarily doing design for a living, but I would LOVE to be able to have the time to craft - to follow your tutorials, to make things for friends and family, maybe even setup my own Etsy shop. But in the end, I'm too rational to quit (heck, the student loan debt ALONE is enough reason for me to continue).

I think being a teacher is really challenging, but also really rewarding. One of the great things I've noticed about teaching (from friends who are teachers) is that once you have your lesson plans ready, you have some flexibility with your time. It's really important to remember that after college, you should be able to get a job to pay off loans (if you have them) or to start your new life. Want to buy a new serger? New fabric? Travel to that blog conference? Take design classes? Those all need money...which you could get from a job! :)

Another thought: just because you get a degree in teaching doesn't mean you have to do it for your whole life. You're so close - just finish, get a job, make new plans, and go for the next step! :) You're YOUNG! You have time! It would only put you back a year or two (maybe 3), and in the end - you'd be able to make money, support yourself, and do whatever you're passionate about. :)

Kristal said...

I totally feel the same way that you do! This is my last year of school for teaching. Just like you, I love working with children, but I am just not impressed with public schools. I do not like that the students are having to take standardized tests so frequently, recess has been limited to only 10 minutes a day, and social studies and science has totally been eliminated so they could study language arts and math for state testing. Because of all this, I too have wanted to quit my teaching program. What I have been wanting to do is to be a missionary and help children and their families in other countries.

What I think you and I both need to do is finish our teaching programs and then hopefully everything will fall into place from there. After you graduate, you could always go to fashion school. Also, as teachers we will have summers off, so you could always take classes for fashion then.

Good luck Katy!

Kimberley Storey said...

I'm 47 years old. I have had several careers and each of those followed the passion I had in my life at THAT time! I encourage you to follow your first passion of being a teacher and pursue your passion of becoming a designer at the same time. If any career affords you the freedom to do other things, it's teaching! You CAN do both....and who knows where those 2 passions will take you....you have your whole life ahead of you! Enjoy it!

Summer said...

I agree with previous commenter Amy. Do it - don't think you have to go to school for it.

I'm a fashion designer for a living. I started school late (at 21) and finished with a BFA emphasis in Fashion Design from a prestigious design school. For pattern design, I would say, take some classes at a tech school. You don't need a degree to be great at design or pattern, you just need the basics and the drive!!

Another reason not to go to fashion design school is that it's mega expensive. You already have the followers to help support a side gig until it gets full-fledged. Do the pattern classes and move from there.

OH!!!! And finish the degree you're working on. A lot of times, as others have said, it's not what your degree is in, it's that you have one that matters.

<3

Katie @ My Darling Days said...

Girl, you are NOT alone. It must be the time of year or the moon, or somethin'... but I've been having the SAME struggles as you. Right after high school, I went to a 2 year technical school, got my Associates Degree, and went into the 'workforce'. Now I'm married, have been working a full time job okay job for 6 years and started going back to school in the evenings to get my Bachelor's Degree in Business Managment. A year into it, I realize... is this what you really wanna do? I feel like I'm doing it JUST to have that title on my resume, Bachelor's Degree. I mean, I know it can't hurt and no one can take your education away from you, but I feel like life is too short to not do something you love. That being said... I am still doing the same old. Continuing with my Bachelor's Degree and working that same old 'okay' job. Maybe I should take my own dang advise. But with the economy, and I hate not knowing... and blah blah blah... I just hate the unknown! Sorry I don't have a better answer for you. I guess, when all else fails, make a pros and cons list, and then ask your mom. Mom's always know what's best.

And eat some chocolate. That will just brighten your day. :)

Good luck dear!

Ashley said...

Obviously many others have given you the same advice I was going to give! :) I was an elementary ed major as well, and always just knew that's what I wanted to do. As I neared the end of school, I knew I didn't have the passion for it like I used to, but thought I was just burnt out on school & ready to be done and have my on classroom. Well, I never got that passion back & I know I wasn't as good of a teacher as I could have been if I would have had that passion still. I taught for four years before having my daughter. There is not a day that I want to go back. I have started my own invitation design company, and almost every day wish I would have taken the time after school to get more training or schooling in that, which had become my passion. So, all that to say, I think you are wise to finish what you started, and then do some kind of school or training in your passion. A teaching degree is always a great thing to have in your back pocket to fall back on if you need to. But follow your dreams, you will be so glad you did later on! Good luck!

Valery said...

I was a history teaching major and thought I wanted to teach HS. I would totally nerd out in classes about cool facts that I could share with my students. And then I realized I'm horrible at classroom management. I'm about as tough as a teddy bear. But I graduated in it and switched to higher education. Now that I work in career counseling (1:1 thank heavens), I've realized that: school will always be there and you are in no way forced to forever sign away your life to a certain career. So many students come back to change their fields or to get more education or to develop themselves professionally. And career paths are very fluid. Most of the time, it just happened naturally- their interests changed and they don't regret the path they took to get there. As long as you're not making choices that you think you'll regret- whatever you decide will work out. Life evolves with you :)

Ariel said...

Hey Katy,

I totally understand what you are saying and feeling. When I was a freshman, I changed my major from Journalism, to a more practical yet more creative Advertising and then tacked on a double major in Spanish. For me, Spanish was just something I like to do. I have no desire to do anything with it other than travel and continue to speak it. But even though I don't want to include it in my career, because I am passionate, I am happy with it.

I think you should definitely finish your degree, but then perhaps attend a graduate program in art or an art school after, that way if you find yourself in the thick of this new life and you hate it, you have a degree in something you do like.

I think we all know how talented you are. Your posts are smart, funny and creative. Be it art school or teaching, I know you will find success with whatever you do.

All the best,
Ariel

Tricia said...

You don't need a design degree. I know, that is the last thing someone who makes a living as a designer is supposed to tell you but it is totally true. People will give you crap, other designers might say you need a degree but it is absolutely false. I don't have a degree in design, I am entirely self-taught and you know what? It's great - I know stuff people who went to top schools don't know! Granted I do more web and print design, but still! You can always go back to school or pursue your passion while you teach - who knows, maybe someday you'll combine our passions in a way that really fulfills you! Good luck!

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aleighoop said...

I went through the same thing in college and ended up going ahead and getting my degree and I have yet to put it to use. I would say to look to transfer your credits to a college that has a design degree so that you can finish out your teaching degree and maybe take some classes in design. Who knows maybe you are suppose to combine the two.

Sidenote: just because I am biased ;) Auburn University has a wonderful design program as well as a really wonderful education program. But the best part, Auburn is a great town to live in

Lettie said...

I started to read the comments so I wouldn't repeat, but I didn't get far, so sorry if this has been said half a dozen times already. I would finish your degree. Even if you never use it, you are SO CLOSE to being done. In the mean time, you can work on your designing and patterns as a hobby. Try to sell them at craft shows and your etsy shop. See if it turns out you really love it and then you can always go back to school. I bet there are tons of free resources (websites, books) that can help until you get formal education. And really, do you HAVE to have formal design education to make it work? Also, you could try a community college to start with for some basic design classes.

SexiGelRox said...

my best advice to you, coming from someone who knows what she wants to do, but just can't get graduate schools to allow it, is to follow your heart! My parents always told me pick a career that you would do even if you weren't getting paid to do it. I know it seems like you wasted the last 3 years, but you didn't, in those 3 years you grew up, you learned a lot about yourself, and what you want out of life.

You could always teach classes at a community center to kids who have a passion to follow in your footsteps. Then you're doing both. :)

Whatever you decide, make sure you know why you chose that way, and you don't look back or regret it!

Katie said...

You have to do what you love in life or life will suck. You are young and yes, 3 years of a "wasted" degree sucks but trust me--follow your passion. You can always go back and finish your last year in teaching later on in life if you choose too. Once your older and have been out of college for quite some time it is so much more challenging to go back. I've been out of college for 5 years and I'm married and own a home and yet I'd love to go get a Master's degree but the thought of going back to school, and juggling a full time job, husband, and home is daunting. Follow your passion--it may take you longer to get their but you will be happier in the end! Good luck on deciding what you want to do... "they" say that you have 7 separate careers in a lifetime...

Katie said...

You have to do what you love in life or life will suck. You are young and yes, 3 years of a "wasted" degree sucks but trust me--follow your passion. You can always go back and finish your last year in teaching later on in life if you choose too. Once your older and have been out of college for quite some time it is so much more challenging to go back. I've been out of college for 5 years and I'm married and own a home and yet I'd love to go get a Master's degree but the thought of going back to school, and juggling a full time job, husband, and home is daunting. Follow your passion--it may take you longer to get their but you will be happier in the end! Good luck on deciding what you want to do... "they" say that you have 7 separate careers in a lifetime...

Katie said...

You have to do what you love in life or life will suck. You are young and yes, 3 years of a "wasted" degree sucks but trust me--follow your passion. You can always go back and finish your last year in teaching later on in life if you choose too. Once your older and have been out of college for quite some time it is so much more challenging to go back. I've been out of college for 5 years and I'm married and own a home and yet I'd love to go get a Master's degree but the thought of going back to school, and juggling a full time job, husband, and home is daunting. Follow your passion--it may take you longer to get their but you will be happier in the end! Good luck on deciding what you want to do... "they" say that you have 7 separate careers in a lifetime...

Hannah.Michelle said...

I am in almost the exact same boat! I've wanted to be a teacher as long as I can remember, and I think I'd be happy as a teacher, though like you, I can't see myself there long term! The difference is I'm thinking of going into graphic design, I'm only a freshman in college. But I definitely understand your problem, and I hope you make the best choice for you, whatever that may be!

Janie Munoz said...

Follow your dreams! God gave you talents for a reason!!! Use them, He will lead you into places where you can work with children where its not necessarily your career.

Carly said...

As i was reading i tought: Man i can see myself in this post...
I became a nurse in late nov.2011. Last week I went to my mum's school and i was thinking in my head "why i became a nurse when i would love to be a teacher?"
I don't have the strenght to start university again, or the money...
and lately since i have a lot of spare time i became obsessed with Diy, and started a blog...
You're an inspiration to me girl! keep pursuing your passions!

Amanda B. said...

I love your blog! I discovered it last summer and have been a frequent follower ever since. I think you'd do amazing in fashion design! I went to UNT for fashion merchandising and know quite a few people who have done fashion design. They are doing some great, exciting things. Their program is a lot of hard work, but it is excellent! Follow your heart, you won't regret it!

Sisterino said...

Follow your dreams! Make a big pros and cons list. I speak from experience...it does help. I ditched three years of education in healthcare to change gears and obtain a business degree. A few extra years of school later and some more student loans.... I'm happy. I'm in a profession that I love and provides me with flexibility. You only live ONCE. Don't waste your life doing something that you only like. Go out on a limb, take advantage of your family/friends support system, and explore your real dreams.

Brea. said...

First off, I just wanted to tell you how much I love your blog!!! It has inspired me to start sewing on my own and being more creative. (I am currently in the middle of trying to turn an old skirt that doesn't fit anymore into an infinity scarf.(: )I used to sew with my grandma when I was younger (and still do sometimes)Most of my life (I am 17, so it's not that long) I have been a singer and I have always loved the idea of, if the singing didn't work out, being a farmer's wife or a stay-at-home mom in general. Reading your blogs and trying some of the ideas on here has made me realize a way that I can do that. . . By sewing. Because of you I can have my dream. So I think you should go for yours. As long as you go into this knowing that it will not be easy, you'll be fine. There will be trials along the way, and it might not work out altogether. But, I'm sure that you don't want to be 60 years old wishing you had at least tried. :)

Katherine Nolden said...

Do both! Art teacher?

Keri said...

Could I just say that it is never too late. I think that it is a good idea to have an income while you are working on putting your dream into action - although Hard Work! And teaching would give you the income, with the added bonus of school holidays allowing you to focus properly on whatever creative direction you decide to follow. I am an architect, but also applied to a fine arts course at university - I ended up doing architecture instead, because the acceptance came through first...boy do I wish I had done art instead! Anyhow, architecture has been good to me, taught me many things along the way. Now with 2 little people under 3, I wonder how the heck I will cope ever working full time as an architect again. Childcare is ridiculously expensive, plus I also want a say in their upbringing, etc, etc. What I am getting at is that whatever course you choose, I wish someone had told me...that having children changes EVERYTHING. I want a career, but I also want to be available to them when they need me and when they don't. So, even if you think you don't want children now (I never did until about 3.5yrs ago) factor them into your decisions. Think how you might cope, how they might change you. Also, doing your own creative thing means you NEED to bring in enough income for rent/mortgage, food, bills, and all those other unexpected little things that add up so quickly - it is a massive responsibility. If you have a full time job to help you out in the beginning (especially one that gives you chunks of -holiday- time to push foward in a different direction), hold on to it until you are ready to let go.

Anyhow, that's just a teeny drop of my opinion on this subject. I wish you much luck in your decision. But, whatever you do, try to be objective about your decision and see the bigger picture.

Keri

PS - found you via See Kate Sew...loving your stuff!

Jessica said...

Hey girl! I emailed you a while back about having trouble with my sewing machine.. I am at A&M also in early childhood education. I am pretty much done with senior methods this semester and I am moving home next semester to do my student teaching.

Just wanted to tell you that I know just how you feel! During junior methods, I literally felt like what I was doing was such a waste of time because I felt like my heart was just not in teaching. At this point, I am still confused but am feeling better about it because I got attached to my students this semester. It's hard during junior methods bc you aren't in the classroom that much at all.

This semester definitely makes teaching seem more worth it because you literally are making a difference one student at a time. I had a student this semester who literally started school in the middle of March and came from foster care. He had no background in any type of schooling. I taught him the alphabet and how to write his name and to point to the title and the author on the front cover of a book. He lit up every time he saw me and gave the biggest hugs.

I know it's hard now but I am slowly but surely getting to the point of realizing that teaching is what I want to do. It is not easy by any means but it's something I have also been working on for atleast 4 years now. And just from working the career fair a few weeks ago, Aggie teachers are especially liked and considered! Always expect more of an Aggie teacher is taken so seriously by many people wanting to hire!

One last thing about our degree, we can use it for anything (bachelors of science) and we are certified to teach! So definitely finish what you have started( I've been to Justin smith already about graduating early and not getting certified, he put it all in perspective for me) and then do the designing stuff!!

I know I definitely want to do the same with design and crafts later in life also!!

Sorry this is a little long I just wanted you to know you are definitely not the only Aggie wondering if this is your calling!! Just give it time and if after a couple years you feel like your heart isn't in it, pursues your blog and design to another level!! You definitely have a tremendous gift and because you love it so much, don't ever let it go!

I hope this helps in anyway!!
-Jessica Martinez
jmm0711@gmail.com

Laura Filant Prim said...

Tough call. I am a law student and I am now working on my doctorate. There is no single day I wish I was doing something else, and not because I dont like it (i chose this path) but I guess i've arrived at my saturation level. I shall try my best to finish my dissertation, so that i didn't quit in the middle and then decide. *sigh*

Kallie said...

I just graduated with my teaching degree in December. First, the classes will get better the further you go and once you get into your field experience you will remember why you started. Second, I to know deep down that teaching is not what I want to do my whole life but it is nice to have a degree and certification under my belt that I can always fall back on. There will always be a teaching job somewhere when I need it. :)

Natasha said...

I had the same dilemma! I ended up finishing my degree because I also had one year left because I didn't want to lose all of that. I am really glad that I did, and now I hope to pursue graphic design now that I'm done with my psychology degree. Another thing to think of is that you are young and have a lot of time ahead of you to finish this degree and then go right back. Or even work as a teacher while you take some fashion classes. You will do great at whatever you do :)

Kristen said...

I would suggest finishing your teaching degree and take some summer design classes at a school nearby or even your idea of taking classes while you student teach. If you were to start your own business, I would definitely buy! I love your style and creativity.

Shoot for the stars. I decided to be a rocket scientist and I grew up in the middle of nowhere! Great things come to those who work hard.

You'll be awesome no matter what you do. :)

PS. If you do start your own clothing line, keep plus size fashionistas in mind. ;P

rohaina said...

Oh my! I actually felt the same way after watching the movie. I'm interested in marketing & advertising (always have been) and I decided that after I graduate, I'm going to go back and get an associates in graphic design! So crazy how things change us.

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