I have applied to a Master's Program, two actually, one of which takes me upon a path which I am passionate about, the other a field of which I love. Herein is my problem, many will ask or rather state, there is no difference between what you are passionate about and what you love./? I disagree, obviously. One program is interdisciplinary, while the other is Rhetoric in English. While they both call to me, I feel one I am truly passionate about, but as my Interdisciplinary advisor stated, or rather posed, "this is a great proposal, however I don't quite see where you are going with this."
I imagine tens of thousands of high school students, ask the same thing of themselves. "Do I become a doctor, which would make my family happy, or do I become a writer, which would make me happy." My father didn't care if I didn't want to be a Doctor, or--as a nurse once said, "sit down you are turning yellow, and I can't pick you up if you faint," all he cared about was me becoming a Doctor. I hated him for that while I was growing up.
But this is why I decided to become a high school teacher a long time ago, I wanted to empower students and drive in the point that, parent(s) want you to become something that you may not like, because American society is fundamentally ruled by money, and money equates to security, and security provides a foundation for happiness. But as we age, we being to understand that happiness is found in pursing what we want to do, whether we are poor or wealthy, we want to be happy, and our family will mitigate their expectation when they see that we are truly happy. And this was meant to be my message to my high school students.
But as it stands, I am unsure if this is a career I will pursue, quite frankly, I doubt. My student teach experience was so bad, that perhaps I need to learn or understand that a school district doesn't want or expect a teacher with tattoos, jeans, and t-shirt who owns nothing but an old motorcycle. They want the married, young, no tattoos, 2.5 kids with a white picket fence person, as an educator.
Perhaps I shouldn't seek to empower anyone at the secondary level; as far as the college of university level is concerned, that is a whole other matter.