I tell my students, 'When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.

While growing up there were many things I wanted to be. Mostly a doctor, because I was constantly surrounded by that environment and my dad was one, so it just seemed the most logical thing to do. But before that I wanted to be many things, actual things that, yes, I could have been if I hadn't decided to do something else. So... here are a couple of things that I wanted to be while growing up.

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1. Interior Designer

Everytime I go around WHI and see all of those collections with beautiful houses and interiors, it makes me remember the days when I wanted to become an interior designer. I've always had good taste and style, so of course I wanted to be an interior designer.

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2. Ballerina

Since very young I started doing ballet against all odds. I was always told that black people were not meant to do ballet, because soon I would grow a big chest and and a curve spine, and I would no longer be suitable for it. But I still did it, and I was really good, and I loved it. I was ready to drop my studies and fly to Paris to a dance academy (École de danse de l'Opéra national de Paris), but before I could do so they discovered an injury on my back that kind of destroyed my dream.

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3. Veterinarian

I love animals, I love pets and I love dogs. The prospect of becoming a veterinarian has always been there for me, in case the doctor thing didn't work out. Animals mean the world to me, and getting care of them is everything I could ask for. But of course, I would be adopting every single lost puppy.

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4. Artist

Being an artist was a dream of mine until I became aware of my terrible ability at drawing. I'm not bad, but creating my own things is very difficult to me. I can't draw very well unless I'm copying somethins specificl, but I'm very good at painting landscapes.

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5. Model

Yes, I have gone through this phase too. Everyone has wanted to be a model at least once in their life, even knowing that you have to be a size -4 to do it and be really tall. I tried getting into a couple of agencies, but I was so shy it didn't work out.

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And I guess that's about it, I've wanted to be a little bit of everything but settled for being a doctor instead. Just know that whatever you choose to do in your life, whatever your job is, as long as you got to choose it it's fine.
- Dahiandra