Throwback Thursday: What Did You Want to Be When You Grew Up?

What do you want to beWhat did you want your career to be when you were a child? Have you actually fulfilled that dream, on your way to fulfilling it, or are you doing something completely different? Share your dream job when you were a kid in today’s Hopkins Happenings’ Throwback Thursday.

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Bonnie C September 5, 2014 at 10:09 am

I've always wanted to be a writer. I can recall telling my stories to family and friends (and classmates) from the tender age of 4 or 5. I've created short stories for my own children as well as children of friends, and even have several attempts at a longer story. Not sure what my roadblock is, but there are always other responsibilities and priorities. So, while I love writing, until I can make it my priority, it will be an unrealized goal.


Sherin S. August 25, 2014 at 1:19 pm

I wanted to be a Doctor at Johns Hopkins Hospital since I was 2 or 3 years old (by suggestion of my father). Through high school I was going to be a Doctor. In my senior year of high school I took a computer science course and changed my mind. By the time I was applying to college I was going to be a Computer Scientist. After my Freshman year at college I decided to change my major back to the medical field choosing Medical Technology and look where I am now ... quite a few years later...not a Doctor but I am helping the Doctors making life saving diagnoses through mine and others' work in the Clinical Microbiology Lab at Johns Hopkins Hospital !!!


Rose Richardson August 25, 2014 at 12:58 pm

In elementary school I had a favorite teacher that taught me from 1st through 3rd grade so naturally I wanted to be a teacher. In high school I wanted to be a Legal Assistant and my first two years of college I pursued that. Then just a few years ago I wanted to be a Peer Recovery Specialist and that is what I am now. And now I want to be a Chemical Dependency Counselor so I am currently going back to school for my BA in that field. So yes, I am still dreaming of things to be 🙂


Cy Governs August 22, 2014 at 1:45 pm

A writer. Which is why every single day is amazing to me. Before that I wanted to be a stand up comedian.


Shante Miller RN August 21, 2014 at 9:35 pm

I wanted to be a marine biologist


Elizabeth Abraham August 21, 2014 at 1:47 pm

Growing up, I wanted to be a teacher. I got a Masters in Chemistry and an education degree. I am now a pharmacist. I still use my Chemistry to some extent and I enjoy my work. I am happy with my choices.


Rachael Cohen, DVM August 21, 2014 at 11:56 am

I wanted to be a veterinarian. I am a veterinarian.


Catherine Foss August 21, 2014 at 11:37 am

I always wanted to be a scientist but it went from zoologist (in 1987 (7th grade) after reading about Jane Goodall's work) to biological chemist (10th grade year), which is what I've been for about 17 years now. I still love science although the funding environment is challenging! Maybe I also should have gotten an MBA to manage my "small business".


Leonie August 21, 2014 at 9:29 am

As far back as I can remember I always wanted to be a nurse (encouraged along the way by my neighbor, who would let me dress up in her uniform, and play with her stethoscope!). Career Guidance presented me with other options, none of which appealed to me - though for a fleeting moment or two I did consider law. But, I always came back to nursing. I'm now over 20 years in the field, and am very grateful that I stuck with my first choice.


Al August 21, 2014 at 5:42 pm

Go Leonie, you are an absolutely wonderful nurse!


Cynthia BC August 21, 2014 at 9:26 am

When I was a child I wanted to be a microbiologist like my father, who worked at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research developing vaccines for mosquito- and tick-transmitted viruses.

In high school I wanted to be an electrical engineer. This vocation was squashed when I took Differential Equations and Systems & Circuits in college. I switched to Business Management, and ended up in Human my mother.


Laverne August 21, 2014 at 9:19 am

I wanted to be a Social Worker to help families who were struggling to get where they needed to be in life. Today I am a Patient Rep. not quite what I wanted to do but in the same field I am helping others to find their way. My goal is still to become a Social Worker maybe one day!


Leola Funderburk August 21, 2014 at 9:09 am

When I was in 2nd grade I wanted to be a teacher. As i got older, I wanted to be a nurse. I studied Early Childhood Education at a community college and worked at a daycare center for a short time. Now I'm a Patient Service coordinator for JHU and I work part time as a Emergency Room Registrar at Johns Hopkins Bayview. So, I guess I'm a cross between both professions.


Melinda Thomas August 21, 2014 at 9:08 am

I started out wanting to be a model/fashion designer, It started with my first beauty pageant at the age of 10 and I was hooked and thought that would be my ideal job. Fast forward high school, I dabbled in fashion after being exposed to it by my older sisters; while I did not pursue that passion, I still have a really keen eye for anything trendy. While I shared these passions my mom thought that education was more important. Still on that journey and the finish line is in sight.


Cathy Carini August 21, 2014 at 9:00 am

First wanted to be a stewardess, but then the hijackings started. Then thought - teacher - but then the kids were killing & beating up the teachers. Not good. Ended up doing various secretarial jobs, now a receptionist for home care. Seems safer & lots of people contact. It all works out for the best!


Bonnie Dixon August 22, 2014 at 9:31 am

I wanted to be a stewardess too, but I guess I am a little older than you as my dream started back in the 60's and it seemed like such a great job and the world traveling sounded so exciting. Didn't hear about hijackings that much then. However, life happened, I grew up and ended up working at C&P, BELLATLANTIC, VERIZON for almost 30 years as a Service Representative. Now Executive Secretary here at Johns Hopkins for last three years.
Service to others was in my future just not on a plane.


Tara Kuester August 21, 2014 at 8:42 am

I wanted to be a pediatrician when I was young.


Al August 21, 2014 at 8:32 am

In the 9th grade the principal challenged us to picked our dream job and worked towards it. I wanted to be a CPA. I studied accounting and worked in finance for four years before I realized I was dying from lack of people interaction. I change now I am well on my way to being a hospital chaplain. Did my internship right here at Johns Hopkins this summer. It's way better profession. Change can be good. It's ok to change for the better. Love my patients and their health care providers.


Carol August 21, 2014 at 8:30 am

I wanted to be an art teacher.


Heather August 21, 2014 at 8:06 am

I wanted to be a ballet dancer or a photographer.


Barbara August 21, 2014 at 7:58 am

As a child I wanted to teach. My parents were Sunday School teachers in their Churches. So I saw this at an early age. My Studies for school were not geared towards teaching. However every position I have ever held I have trained and taught, first at home and then the work force and my Church. So it is true..... what is held in one's for front can become a reality. Also Gods order. I was the model for Johns Hopkins Internatioal Service for the Swing Group. I now hold the position for the Kiosk Ambassador.


Katharine Giancola BSN RN IBCLC August 21, 2014 at 7:50 am

Dr Alex Haller (JHH) was a friend of my parents and active in my church. I wrote a Kindergarten "essay" that I wanted to be a pediatric surgeon.


Kathy Taylor August 21, 2014 at 7:25 am

I wanted to be a lawyer. I am not a lawyer, I am doing something completely.


Kathy Taylor August 21, 2014 at 7:27 am

I wanted to be a lawyer. I am not a lawyer, I am doing something completely different.


Jack Walter August 21, 2014 at 7:20 am

I wanted to be an archaeologist and dig up dinosaur bones. I loved dinosaurs!


Jill August 21, 2014 at 8:39 am

I also wanted to be an archaeologist, but I have no idea what I wanted to dig up! I think it was just the idea of finding something matter what it was. I'm not doing anything remotely related to that now.


Gregory K. Smith, RN August 21, 2014 at 7:10 am

I am a bone marrow transplant nurse now, but I originally have an architecture degree. That wasn't my childhood dream either -- when I was a kid I wanted to be an Air Force pilot. I started being a nurse at age 40 and have been at it for 10 years now.

In hindsight, life as a BMT RN is much better than either of those professions.


Stuart Ray, M.D. August 21, 2014 at 2:03 am

I wanted to be a high school science teacher. Not quite what I'm doing now, but at least I'm teaching science.


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