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Thursday, February 28, 2013

SeaWorld - here I come! 10

Everyone that knows me is aware that I have no clue, at the age of 28, what I want to do with my life.  Well, I take that back; I do know what I want to do, it is just very unrealistic at this point in my life.

When I was in the 2nd grade, in Montana, a SeaWorld education group came to my elementary school and gave a presentation.  I vividly remember where I sat in the school gym, what I was wearing and what the presenters looked like. 

 From that day forward I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up! I was going to train dolphins and killer whales at SeaWorld. 

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Between this day and my freshman year of college I discovered what I had a talent for, music.  So 10 years later I still have the goal of working with marine mammals at SeaWorld in FL....while majoring in Music in Minnesota.

I hadn't even made it though freshman orientation when I decided music wasn't my "calling"....maybe Elementary Education was. 
So before the first day of my college career I had already changed my major!

Next I decided that I hated MN, so I transferred back to Montana to start my sophomore year of college.  Once back in Montana I still had my SeaWorld dream front and center, but changed my major once again back to music!

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This same year I decided to get on the SeaWorld website for shits and giggles and found an internship that I qualified for!  So...I applied, crossed my fingers and basically prayed to anything that would listen that I would get the internship!  

Four months later I was one of the people chosen out of over 5000 applicants!  Fate right?  I was finally headed to SeaWorld for a summer internship!

I loved that summer more than I can explain!  I got to swim with the animals, educate the guests, work on some rehabilitation projects, play with kids in the Florida keys....and work at SeaWorld....finally!   The only negative was after this once in a  lifetime experience,  I discovered that I could never survive on a  trainers salary - I didn't really want to live with a roommate forever and only eat Cup-a-Noodles!  

Hi-Ho, hi-ho it's back to college I go!

Once back at school, I continued with music....until I got engaged and moved back to Minnesota of all places!  

So in my crazy mind I thought this was the perfect opportunity to change my schooling once again and find something where I could work with animals.  I found veterinary technology.....and ta da, finally finished  and graduated in something!

So I worked in a vet clinic for 3 years, then went on to manage at a collections firm....moved to California and am now working at a non-profit by day and a skin care company at night from home.

I still dream and desire to go back to SeaWorld and train all the animals. 

 But for now I will continually change what I do every few years until I find out what I really won't to be!  

  I am up for suggestions for my next career adventure, I'm open to anything!

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  1. If you figure out how to figure out what you want to be when you grow up, will you let me know? I am about to be 30 and still can't figure that part of my life out!!

  2. That's so cool that you lived in Montana. I live in Georgia, and I think I can say I have never met anyone from Montana. How awesome! Sounds like you've led an exciting career life so far! Maybe you could work at an aquarium! In Atlanta, they have all kinds of positions that involve swimming with seanimals.
    Also, I'm your 21st follower! Can't wait for more posts

  3. Oh my god we are the same person! That is exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up too :) And I absolutely had more fun at Seaworld than at Disney

  4. Wow, I didn't realize that trainers could be paid so little. I think that's ridiculous considering that many people can handle working with whales and other marine mammals.

  5. I would love that internship! So jealous!

  6. Oh wow! You're career path is so interesting! That is amazing you got that internship. Even if you do not have get to fulfill the dream of being a trainer, at least you'll have those memories!

  7. Dude, I can totally relate on this post. I still feel like I am not sure exactly what I want to do career-wise or if I even want to have a career. That's awesome that you got to work at Seaworld. I love animals too and always thought I wanted to be a Vet and then decided I didn't care about the medical issues of animals, I just wanted to pet them and treat them nice lol.

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