The word I found in the Great “Point” Challenge is “business,” so that’s my subject and I’m sticking to it.
If you’ve been reading the blog for any length of time, you know I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Surprised me, too, because Business Administration was the last thing on my mind when I started college. I wonder sometimes what I would have majored in had I not discovered that business was where my interests lay.
When I started college, I had a sort of half-assed notion that I was going to get my degree in Math. My grandfather was a math professor, I had been told for years that I was good in it, and absent of any better ideas, I figured that was as good as any major. I had toyed with the idea of getting my degree in Education, and when I told my mother she threatened to disown me. After my first quarter, I thought I might give Sociology a whirl, and halfway through my second quarter I decided that was a stupid idea.
Life as a Math major was fine as I was getting through my calculus classes. In my second year I took two more advanced classes, Real Analysis and Abstract Algebra. It was then that I discovered that, after a certain level, Math no longer has anything to do with numbers. Needless to say, I quite nearly flunked out of school, and frankly at that point I was ready to say “screw it!” and get myself a real job and a real life.
Mom talked me out of that. “John, you are not going to drop out of school.” Yes, Mom.
So now I was stuck. I had to declare a major by the end of the year, and I didn’t have a clue as to what that would be. Desperate, I turned to Helen in the Guidance Counseling office. She had gotten me through the trauma of having to tell Mom I was going to flunk out, and we had gotten close. She asked if I had ever taken any tests to discover what my interests were. I had, in sophomore year of high school, and had figured out how to bluff it so that my interests were where I wanted them to be. I told her this, and she said, “I’ll give you the Strong Campbell Interest Inventory. No way are you going to bullshit your way through that.”
I took it one afternoon, and I walked out thinking, “it’s going to suggest that I might consider becoming a hairdresser.” Don’t ask me why I thought that.
Helen and I got together a week later, and she asked, “Well, what did you think?” I told her about hairdressing, and she laughed, then said, “You know, I can see that. You have a very strong interest in business.”
Suddenly, it all made sense. Why hadn’t I thought of that? Then I realized, it’s probably because they didn’t have a business school…
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