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Monday, November 28, 2011

No Regrets

I've always thought that it's best to have no regrets in life.  For awhile, I regretted blowing off high school and having to go to a community college.  I realize now, however, that it was the best choice for me because I had no idea where I actually wanted to be, or what I wanted to do.  When I was seventeen, my dream in life was to either go to Temple University in Tokyo or eventually transfer to the University of Southern California.  I wanted to double major in Psychology and History.  I wanted to be a CIA psychologist and solve the problems of the agents.

I switched my major to History and after visiting Tokyo, realized that although I loved it dearly (and rank it among my top 10 favorite places in the world), that it wasn't the right city for me to live in.  I began to look at schools in Europe, where I was born and lived for the first few years of my life.  I remembered how much I loved it when I visited in 2007, and eventually found my dream school, which I'll be applying to in January (fingers crossed that I get accepted!).  After finishing high school with a sad 2.5 GPA, I now have a 4.0 in college: one that I've worked really, really hard for.

I love school and now hope to attend graduate school and earn my doctorate in History.  Someday I want to work in conjunction with the BBC/History Channel to create documentaries to educate people about the past.

I would never have realized all this if I hadn't screwed my life at 15...so no regrets:)

Until next time,

Ashley

6 comments:

  1. Hey Ashley! Thank you for commenting on my blog! I love this post! And I have to give props to a fellow history lover. I just got my master's in history in May. :)
    xoxo
    Cat
    aka
    BudgetBlonde

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  2. Thank you! It's always nice to meet someone with similar interests:)

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  3. I used to hate it when people say "things happen for a reason." But over the years, this past one especially, I find it to be so true.

    I feel that if you truly love something, like you do with history, and you work hard for it, then nothing will stop you from obtaining it.

    Even if you made a mistake, as long as you recognize prior problems and correct them, you'll land in the one place you truly belong.

    Good luck with your application and great post!

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  4. Thank you! Looking back, I'm actually a little glad I 'messed up'- if I hadn't, I might not have discovered my true passion until it was too late:)

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  5. That's exactly how I see life too. Likewise, I did not try as hard in high school as I should have nor did i have any ideas what I wanted to major in. So I went to community college and did really well in school. I met some great people, had great experiences, and realize many career options I want to pursue. :)

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  6. Community College is a great resource. Wish it didn't have such a bad reputation!

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