Tip of the Day: a few professors at Indiana University are trying to survey Adult readers of YA fiction to determine how better to promote YA fiction to adults within the library. If you are willing to participate you can go here.
It's always fun to relive the teen years here on A2A, and talking about what we wanted to be when we were younger brings back great memories. I actually had a slumber party with my nieces and nephew this past weekend and asked them the same question. Their answers: a race car driver, a teacher, and a writer (yay!).
From about the time I was 10 till a freshman in college, I wanted to be a lawyer. I loved mystery books and solving crimes, and thought I really like to try to help put away criminals. I loved my law class in high school and participating in mock trials. Really anything to get me to argue with others was tons of fun for me :) But then I realized how hard the job would be and how much I wouldn't want to defend someone I thought was guilty, so I switched thoughts to business and marketing.
Amongst my friends, I think most of them thought I'd grow up to do something very analytical, like business, law, or even education. My SAT scores were always better in math than English.
As it turns out, I'm really in more of a creative field, since my job in the library is Public Relations. Not really what I or anyone else thought I'd get into.
But I've always loved being creative, designing things, writing (obviously!), and it was a natural progression. And I love my non-writing job, especially since I work in a library.
One of the best decisions I ever made was switching from Marketing to Advertising as a Junior in College. It's a subtle difference, but one is much more creative than the other. And I couldn't be happier.