In high school, I was among those students who always indicated that I will be going college. However, unlike most people I seem to meet these days I did not know that I wanted to be a doctor. When it was time to head off to college, I was still unsure of what I wanted to pursue. As most college freshmen, I did not know what major best suits my personality. I desired a career that would define who I am and a career that is self-gratifying. However, the path that I should follow was unclear to me. Because of my uncertainty I failed to see that my parents dream became my reality. As I began my college experience as a nursing student, I felt somewhat out of place. I realized that my reason for majoring in nursing was my parents' influence on me. They wanted me to believe that nursing is right for me. I always knew I wanted to go into the medical field, but I felt that I needed to know how to choose a medical specialty that I feel is right for me. My first step was to change my major. I chose to change my major to biology. My love for science led me to this decision. I began to explore the opportunities open to biology students.
After I changed my major, I discovered that biology students were, understandably, focused on getting into medical school. I managed to come across a classmate, named Adriana, who introduced me to optometry. To be honest, I was not thinking about optometry. Most students who plan to apply to medical school major in biology. Adriana, however, held a different view, and that caught my attention. In addition, she has been working at an optometry office for quite sometime. I began to show interest in the optometry field, and I started to consult her and pulling information from her about the field. She helped me see the opportunities that awaits me as an optometrist. I felt that this career defines me. My ultimate right of passage given to me by this wonderful individual, Adriana. As might be expected, I immediately did some research and found out what a great career this field holds, and so I continued my college career with this oriented goal.
As I look back on my life, I remember one instance in particular that led me to believe that this is the career that is right for me. When I was in fourth grade, my teacher asked the class to image what it would be like to be without one of the five senses. I choose to live without vision. At the end of the assignment, I came to the conclusion that being able to see is very important. Without vision we are not able to fully understand and appreciate the world that we live in. As I look back at that very lesson it helped me see that sight is a perception that I have, in a sense, come to take for granted. However, I realized how vital the sense of sight is to everyone's everyday perception of life. Therefore, I want to be the one to help those improve their vision, and be able to alert those who could be at risk of losing their vision in hopes of preventing such a thing.