Blog Challenge: Secret Subject Swap

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap! This week, 15 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

My subject is “What did you want to be as a Child? Did you achieve it?” It was submitted by Stacey at Here goes:

When I was a child, I wanted to grow up to work with kids. I’ve always loved kids and wanted to spend as much time with them as possible. As I grew up, I figured out that the best way to work with kids would be to become a teacher. In high school, I took every possible class that had to do with kids in some way. I took a parenting class, a child development class, and a couple of preschool classes where we actually hosted and taught preschool kids (with a teacher supervisor, of course).

I then applied to a few colleges based on their education departments. I really wanted to go to, and was accepted to Illinois State University. One of my high school teachers recommended it as a great education school and after doing more research, I learned that he was right. In Illinois, and most of the country, ISU is known for a fantastic education department that creates excellent teachers. I knew someone there who came to ISU from Maryland, as ISU had one of the best programs for the Special Education field she was specializing in.

After a few years of general education classes and a few teaching classes, I realized that my heart wasn’t for education. I still loved kids, and wanted to work with them somehow, but not in a classroom setting. I think part of it too, was all the political baloney that we kept learning about, what teachers had to go through and how requirements and standards changed so frequently. I’m not saying that can’t be a good thing, but I wanted (and still do want) to work with kids. Can’t I do that in a way that’s simpler than lesson plans, and standardized tests and teacher institute days?


So I changed my major so that I could still graduate with a college degree but  eventually ended up leaving ISU without any degree and moving to Kentucky to help take care of family. It’s a good thing though, cause I met my amazing husband here and I’ll trade a college degree for an awesome husband any day.

So I wanted to be a teacher, but I did not achieve it, but found an amazing husband instead 🙂

Now that you’ve read my Secret Subject Swap, take a look at the other bloggers who’ve participated (and find the one who got my subject!)                                   Baking In A Tornado                        Stacy Sews and Schools                             The Bergham’s Life Chronicles                                Spatulas on Parade                                               Dinosaur Superhero Mommy                                                      The Momisodes                                  Climaxed                                     Confessions of a part-time working mom                                  Southern Belle Charm                                                     The Lieber Family                                 Someone Else’s Genius                          Evil Joy Speaks                                  Disneyland in Kentucky                                         Sparkly Poetic Weirdo                                  Juicebox Confession

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11 thoughts on “Blog Challenge: Secret Subject Swap

  1. Minette says:

    As we get older, our dreams change, that’s not a bad thing. Sounds like life led you where you needed to be!

  2. I don’t blame you! I would be happy with that outcome, too!! 🙂

  3. Sometimes we achieve our initial dreams and other times we find a new one along the way. Sounds like life went exactly as it should have for you.

  4. I went to school to be a teacher. Then I spent three years in a public school classroom and decided it just wasn’t for me. I taught five years in a private preschool after that, but it still wasn’t quite right. Now I work in the education department at a local university. I am an office manager, but I work with pre-service teachers and I still feel very connected to the field. I lveo what I do, even though it’s not what I initially aimed for!

  5. Tamara says:

    Nice meeting you! Love your blog name!

    You can never know what life holds for you – one day you might work with kids in one way or another 🙂 Also there are many ways of teaching.

  6. Great post! Sometimes we find our destiny, while chasing our dreams! Nothing wrong with them not being the same. I’m a SAHM. That wasn’t even close to what I wanted to be. I love it. I love being Weewee’s Mama. Loved your response to the prompt!

  7. gndisney says:

    Thanks ladies! I’m not sad my life has taken a different path, and am looking forward to having kids of my own to love and spoil and be with. That’s just a little bit down the road for us 🙂

  8. Paths change and finding the love in the change is the point I believe! I went to school to be an engineer – ended up a mathematician – trained military folks – and now clean houses. I’m try to steer the ride once in a while but for now I’m along for the ride and love it!

  9. someoneelsesgenius says:

    Bureaucracy has changed many a childhood dream. But awesome husbands are just as important!

  10. I never wanted to be a teacher but did end up doing it, I home-schooled my boys and loved every minute of it.

  11. Karen says:

    I wanted to be a teacher and a mother to lots of kids. I’m a teacher and mom to an only…things work out in ways that we never expected. Plans change and life goes on…we adjust and find happiness.

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