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Editors Pick: Dream Jobs

“What was your dream job when you were a kid?”


Ava: I had about a million oddly specific things I wanted to “be when I grew up," but I remember always wanting to be a fashion designer. I would fantasize about my future wedding with One Direction, and which band member I would be marrying was never important (as long as it wasn’t Liam), it was always about the dress. I’d draw out a new wedding dress just about every day, along with sketches of what I’d wear to school the next day, for picture day coming up or what my prom dress would look like one day. But, as I got older, shows like “What Not to Wear” and “Project Runway”, while delightfully brain-rotting, definitely showed me I should leave it to the professionals and that sewing seems way too hard.


Delaney: When I was younger I wanted to have many different occupations. I think that what I wanted to be the most was a farmer and the Pope — at the same time, of course. Bumpa, my grandpa, was a farmer, so I wanted to be just like him and live in an abandoned shed across the street from the house that belonged to him and my grandma Mimi and start my farm there. I also wanted to be the Pope so badly that I wrote a letter to the Vatican requesting to know why women could not be priests within the Catholic faith.


Kyra: When I was a kid, I really wanted to be an architect. For some reason, it seemed like the coolest thing to design skyscrapers and funky-looking buildings and to see them built in the city I lived in. Imagine how much of a flex it would be to walk past a building you designed knowing it began all with a vision and drawing! Unfortunately, when I got to high school, I learned how much math was involved and dipped immediately.


Maddy: As a kid, I never wanted to grow up, so I didn’t put much thought into what I was going to be when I finally got there. I always liked school and being a kid so I guess I ended up mixing those two together and now I am going to be an elementary school teacher to have an excuse to still go to summer camp, do arts and crafts, and read all day to kiddos under the guise of “teaching” them.


Sophie: Whenever we went out to eat as a kid, I would always tell my parents that I wanted to be a waitress when I grew up. I would play pretend, and come to our table like I was the server. At family gatherings, the adults would always get us kids involved in serving food or cake to the adults. It always made me feel so important. Looking back, though, I know that serving is NOT cut out for my awkward and easily-stressed self (I lasted 8 shifts as a hostess at a diner). I’ll stick to my Marketing and Graphic Design path.


Jon: When I was little, I wanted to be a host/narrator of nature documentaries. There was one particular documentary series which I recorded onto the DVR and binged every weekend which followed a pride of lions, a family of leopards and a family of cheetahs, with the documentary crew giving them names and everything. They followed the same cats around for years, and followed families for generations, it was very cool. So my dream was to be in Africa chasing around a family of cats and chronicling their lives. I remember practicing for that job on my front porch, giving names to all the squirrels and rabbits and birds in my yard and narrating what they would do each day. Unfortunately the lives of squirrels aren’t very interesting, and they all look quite similar so it is hard to tell who’s who, but my heart was in the right place.



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