When I was a college student, there was a time when I desperately...

When I was a college student, there was a time when I desperately needed a sense of direction in choosing a career to pursue.

Since the age of twelve I had had an interest in following a particular career, and this had contributed to my doing well scholastically in high school. As a college student, however, I began to put a tremendous amount of importance on the career itself, feeling that it would determine my happiness and success. Doubts developed as to whether the career I had chosen was the correct one for me, and these doubts led to uneasiness about where I was really headed. At one point I changed my major, but the doubts still persisted.

Time seemed to present an additional pressure. The Vietnam War was occurring during that period. I would have a maximum of four years to get a degree, after which I would probably be required to serve with the military. Then, in the middle of my junior year, I received a notice from the college administration stating that if I wanted to change my major, the deadline was fast approaching. I needed some direction and I needed it quickly.

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January 20, 1986

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