Question by cara: What career path should i take? medical science or artist?
I am 25 years old and have always loved science and cought on quickly to it. so associate of applied science for medical laboratory technician is what i am currently in college for, but i keep having this feeling like something eating at me…something is missing or doesn’t make sense. I have always been able to draw. it is something i have done since i can remember…it was what i did when i was bored or stressed. i never thought anything of it until my teachers and fellow student pointed it out to me. 1st grade was when it was pointed out to me that i could do something they couldn’t. i remember thinking that it was interesting to me and made me feel good that they were making a deal out of this little thing that was just so natural to me. i can draw what ever i am looking at. i went home and told my mother about it and my pictures were going to be put up in the museum with some other students for the parents to look at…i cant remember why it was at the museum and not at the school but it was. My teacher used the word artist’ which was new to me so i told my mother about it. i was excited and wanted to see my parents excited too. they were happy about the museum, but my mother got upset when i said i want to be an artist. she told me that the teachers were trying to make me feel special and to be an artist isn’t a good thing. that its for silly people and is a waste of time because they cant even afford to buy bread. then she said “that is why they call them starving artist.” I’m only six years old and my first dream of what i want to be when i grow up crashed and burned so i never thought of it as something i could do when i grow up. so now im an adult and dont want to follow in the family footsteps and work in a factory the rest of my life so time to get my ass in college and the only program that called out to me was med lab tech. then in Anatomy and Physiology 2 lab something happened…we have to draw what we see under the scope and diagrams of organ structures and ect…the instructor Dr. Dhier said it doesn’t have to be perfect, no one here is and artist just try to make it accurate (as he walks around checking our work). he gets to me and says “well maybe we do have an artist…good detail Cara! what program are you in?” i told him then he said “I’m surprised your not in graphic communications.” I said “I have never heard of it” I know its such a small thing but my point is: that moment is what reminded me of what i had forgot about…that i can draw and i used to do it so often…what happened? why have i thought for all these years that i cant do anything with my ability to draw..then i remebered that day with my mother and what she had said. I want to kick myself for not keeping with it anyway and for never looking into what i could do with it! so the questions is what should i do? i have never taken a single art class in my life and have absolutely no idea what opportunities i might have if i pursue it now. i guess I’m looking for advice, guidance, and information on my options and also where to start or what would be best for me. I’m cufused and stressed because now im having these doubts about if im going for the right career…i keep thinking i work my ass off to get these grades so i can graduate with honors and then it hit me that..thought of how easy and comfortable i am when i draw and paint. i have all these these thoughts that keep repeating: why am i able to draw so easily. what if i am supposed to be doing something with it and I’m not! what if I’m taking the wrong path in life because of what my mother said? what if its to late to do anything? why would God give me this ability if I’m not supposed to use it to support myself? if someone could help me out..any information would be of greatly appreciated. I’m looking for advice, guidance, and information about what my options are, and also where to start or what would be best for me. thank you. sorry for the long explanation but I am kinda freaking out a little bit…i have had my life all planed out and now I’m confused… i just don’t want to make the wrong decision and have to start all over again after i graduate; so if I’m going to change majors now is the time. please and thanks
Answer by Dipesh J
med sci, u can have art as a part time hobby. med sci is much more respectable and u’ll feel gd for saving lives.
nowadays most people can go online and stuff to look at pictures and due to technology artists are less in demand. u’ll have a more secure life with med sci and ast as a hobby.
and even if u do wanna become an artist later, atleast u got a very gd degree under ur belt incase ur art career goes rong
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