The weather is still roasty toasty and the trees are still as green as ever, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s time for me to go back to school!
I am so excited to be embarking on this new chapter in my life! I feel like I’ve spent the past couple of years (or more) in a sort of limbo state career-wise – floating around, not really having any direction.
Last winter, I finally dedicated myself to a career path – something that had always freaked me out because saying “yes” to one thing inherently meant saying “no” to a bunch of other things. Being someone who’s always had a variety of interests, I had a hard time narrowing it down to one, so I just…didn’t.
I found myself in a similar position about four and a half years ago: unsure what I wanted to do or be and working a dead-end job. I did some soul searching, and narrowed my choices down to two:
Interior Design and Genetic Counseling.
So similar, right?! It just goes to show how vast my interests were (and still are, to an extent).
Needless to say, I didn’t end up picking either. I wound up going down a career path that I sort of fell into, and while it ended up not being what I wanted to do, it was extremely helpful in guiding me in the right direction.
So what is my “right direction”? Four and a half years later, I finally realized that my heart lies in interior design.
I have always been drawn to anything in the creative realm – graphic design, fashion design, makeup, writing, photography, etc. – but I’ve always kept coming back to interior design. After a while, I finally realized that I should listen to my instincts and dedicate myself to it as a career.
I am starting school TODAY and will be working towards a B.A. in Interior Design. Yes, I already have a B.A. from my first round of college, but my first degree wasn’t in a design field so pretty much all Master’s programs were out of the running. I really don’t mind, I’m just happy to be moving in the right direction 🙂
I’ll be going to school online, which is a completely different setup for me. I am looking forward to the challenge and being able to attend class in my PJs!
I do get a bit nostalgic thinking about my first time in college, which honestly feels like a lifetime ago. I remember being on campus for the first time, not knowing where any of my classes were and shyly making new friends. Part of me wishes that I could go back to that time, or even go back to a campus setting, but I know that that time has passed for me and I’m at a different place in life now. This online program truly is the best fit for me – it allows me the freedom to move and work without being tied to a classroom schedule. Who knows what changes life could throw at me in next few years? Regardless of what may come, I’ll still be able to carry on with my studies.
The program I am in does classes a bit differently; instead of a full semester of four classes, I have two half-semesters of two classes each. This is something I’m excited about, as I am hoping that it will allow me to focus on each class more deeply. I typically found taking four classes at once to be manageable, but not always enjoyable since I was spread so thin. I will keep you all posted on how I like the new format! My first two classes will be Drawing I and Survey of Interior Design, which seems like the perfect combination to get my feet wet in the design world!
Obviously with any big change comes the opportunity for SHOPPING, and I did not miss out on that opportunity. After the obvious expenses (loans and books, yuck), I got myself a cute new backpack at TJ Maxx (but also available here) as well as a couple of cute notebooks. Luckily the planner I purchased earlier this year matched the rest of my merch – talk about aesthetic goals!
The program I’m in will take about three years to complete, and I am totally ready for it. Once I have my degree, I plan to work in residential interior design, and eventually branch out into more creative projects like fashion shows and (fingers crossed!) theme parks!
You know that feeling when you make a decision, and then you kind of second-guess yourself and wonder if you’re really making the right choice? Well I don’t feel that way at all about interior design, and that’s how I know it’s what I’m meant to do.
I want to thank everyone who has been so supportive of me as I start this new journey – without your support and encouragement, I might have just let this stay a dream.
Is there anybody else out there going back to school? Let’s be virtual study buddies!
Thank you all for reading about my career transition! I am excited to share my progress with you on the blog!