This is kind of easy. It would go all the way back to grade school- that is, if I would listen to adults or myself at that age. I would have studied the sciences and math harder and tried to better understand it.
Naturally going back that far I probably wouldn’t have done any of those things. So instead, let’s go back to that last year of high school when I was applying for schools. First I might have actually tried to figure out where my talents were, and what I could do with those. Or maybe I would have continued and headed to UT for school, which I did, but instead I actually would have passed more classes and studied harder and taken the time to figure out the purpose of that stupid class that was supposed to help you pick out a major. It didn’t help, I just chose the first thing I found interesting just so I could not take it again.
And then maybe after that year was a total fail, because let’s face it, it was; instead of heading out of UT and down to UD, I actually would have stopped to think about what I wanted to do. Maybe it would have been helpful to spend that summer or fall before switching schools learning new things, shadowing/observing different professions, or traveling and working at various places to see what I liked.
But no, I shipped on down to UD, where I had some amazing 4 years and certainly don’t regret that, but I wasn’t focused. I started in journalism because I enjoyed writing and editing. I did that for a year, and then one day my friend told me how her roommate was studying for graphic design, and how she thought I would be great at that. I was, I loved it. But it hasn’t gotten me too far. (Or maybe someone could have just said, FYI get an internship!) I’ve had 2 jobs that related to that, and one I left for the other, the other I was laid off…hellooooo recession! Haven’t been paid full time for it since!
I’ve gone back to school for Massage Therapy which I have worked and continue to do so a bit. Then there are other health professions I am currently researching- thus why it would be nice to have a better understanding of math and science before now 🙂