I spent high school preparing for a career as a veterinarian. I took Latin, volunteered at the local animal shelter, and created my own independent Anatomy & Physiology class with my Physics professor (R.I.P. Professor Hackley!).
At the time I was also very involved in music. By my senior year, I was singing in the chorus, mixed ensemble, and girls group. My father took me on a college tour for veterinary programs and our guide showed me study room where a student sat at a corner table with a desk lamp and a tall stack of books. The guide said, “He’s going to be there for seven years.” And just like that, I decided medical school was not for me! I asked my choral director could help me prepare for an audition for FSU’s School of Music. I auditioned and was accepted as a vocalist.
After two years of music classes, I realized that none of the areas of focus (composition, education, therapy, or performance) felt like a match for me. After exploring my interests and options, which included pastry school, I settled on Recreation Management because of the variety of fun careers it could lead to. At the time, the department was called Leisure Services and Studies. I planned events, learned how to organize my notes in reports, and explored the creative side of recreation.
My final college assignment was to create a professional filing system. This was also one of the first projects I completed for the department director during my recreation internship. While the other interns were lifeguarding, I was doing office work. Some of my fellow interns thought I was “brown-nosing,” but really, I was just not good at volleyball! My degree? I have a B.S. in Leisure!