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Lizzie

Stuck!

by Lizzie on March 11, 2013

in Career Paths,College Life

I am mentally stuck between my own personal goals and my family’s goals. To be more specific, I meant I don’t know how to solve my problem between going to school and planning to become an art teacher or taking over my mom’s nail salon.

For the past five years, I’ve been helping my mom at the nail salon. I’m usually there on weekends, then I work almost the whole summer everyday. No, I don’t get paid because the money goes towards our bills and such. And mom pays for everything for me, so I’m not complaining. I do save a little bit from tips (during the good season). However, I am complaining about how much I have to work and not being able to put time into school. It’s not that bad, but when I need the weekends to do homework, I’m stuck at work. Sure, I do bring homework to the place but when it’s busy, I can’t get to it. Then I get too tired to do it when I get home. I guess I need to work on organizing my schedule to fit both work and homework time. Also, with my commitments to my student organizations, I usually don’t get to attend or help out because of work or something. I know my family is my obligation/priority. I want to do so much during college because I want to become a great and successful leader. At least in some aspects. I really want to study abroad one day. Money is the other issue, though. It’s so cruel! Just another complaint.

It’s just so hard right now. I’m also wondering how long should I continue to work at the salon? Will it be steady for the next five years? I’ve told myself that I will continue helping her for as long as needed. I just feel like I’m slowly being forced into something bigger that I don’t want to do. *SIGH*

Hope everyone’s doing well! Have a great weekend.

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I remember when adults used to ask that question a lot: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” My answer was simple: “An artist.”

Ever since I was young, I always loved to draw. From what I remember, I started drawing stick people, then it led to stick people with animal heads. After that, I started to draw more realistic things. It’s funny, now that I think about it. The “people” I drew didn’t look like people. They were more animal-like in appearance but doing human activities, such as going to school, taking a bubble bath (the kids), or eating. Stuff like that. Eventually, I started drawing from pictures and popular shows. I think I draw better when I’m actually looking at another picture. My favorites were Pokemon, Dragon Ball Z, and Sailor Moon. Sounds a little…nerdy? Ha ha. Sure.

Now that I’m in college, I still think about becoming an artist. However, it’s more of becoming an art teacher then maybe become a real artist. Honestly, I don’t really know what artists are really like. How do they call themselves artists? What do artists do every day? How do they prove that they’re really artists? Do they have to know a lot about art history? These are some questions that may have simple answers, but I think there’s more to them. I’m still trying to learn more about how I can develop myself into a professional artist. To be more specific, I want to become a great ceramicist. I’ve always drawn, drawn, drawn, but when I went to high school, I got into ceramics. I still draw but it’s not the same anymore. Nowadays, I only draw because of my classes; not for my own interest. I miss that. Maybe I’ll get back into it one day. Hopefully.

Have a great day!

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