I found myself caught in the middle of two extremes. Graphic design or Biology.
I’m a senior, and with college decisions coming up I’ve started to feel increased pressure to figure out my life. I’ve been conflicted between choosing a major in graphic design or biology. Recently, I’ve had the chance to go on two different field trips that have made me reevaluate a few things.
Let me explain…
Last week, I went with my Anatomy & Physiology class to the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. I couldn’t believe that I was actually going to witness a live surgery! The anticipation leading up to the trip had the other five people in the van ecstatic. For the last three years I have wanted to be a surgeon, so this was a big deal for me. We were able to watch the surgeon perform a gastric sleeve procedure. She cut a large portion of the stomach that left a “sleeve” connecting the esophagus to the small intestines. The procedure was about 2 hours, but it felt like 10 minutes. I was enjoying the surgery so much. Afterward, we got to play different interactive games in their hands-on exhibits. The last thing we did was watch a short film on pandas in their large 3D IMAX Theater. By the end of the day, I was inspired even more to pursue a career in Biology.
BUT, that wasn’t all.
I am in the first semester graphic design class, which is one of my favorite classes ever. When Mrs. Musselman told us we would visit the Rodale Institute Publishing Company Headquarters I was so excited. They publish lifestyle magazines like Women’s Health, Men’s Health, and Runner’s World. As I walked through the front door, I felt like I was in a completely different environment. People were exercising in the lobby! They gave us a tour, and brought us to their creative floor. There was art everywhere. I felt a strange feeling as if I already belonged there. A group of five different people talked to us about their products and how they begin their creative process. On a weekly basis I already spend about 10+ hours working on graphic design projects. The idea of pursuing it as a career intrigued me.
So here I am. Trying to decide what to do with my life. I am worried about my future, but I know God has greater plans for me. If I could hear Jesus praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a thing, yet distance makes no difference–He is praying for me.