Graduate Blog

It’s okay to go in a different direction


When I was in college, I wanted to be a choreographer. All my life I’d been a dancer and I knew without a doubt that that was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Then, two years into my dance major, my knee started acting up. Long story short, dancing as a career was no longer in my future. I’d always been someone with a lot of different passions so it was easy for me to fall into yet another of mine. I used the credits I had already taken as a dance major, switched to a dance minor and became a media studies major.

In my media studies major, I concentrated in media writing, particularly screenwriting. I even wrote a full length screenplay. When I was finished with school, I wished I had gotten my undergrad in creative writing instead because that had become my new dream. I wanted to be a writer. So I looked into graduate programs in creative writing.

I was all set and ready to start applying for graduate schools when something out of the blue happened: life. I was one month pregnant with my little boy.

Sometimes, you think you have your life all planned out but you never really know what’s going to happen. If I’d never dealt with my knee problem, maybe I’d never have an adorable little boy. If I never switched my major to screenwriting, maybe I would have never written my first book that I’m querying to agents right now.

Life is going to throw you curveballs. It’s okay if you don’t end up where you wanted to end up. It’s okay if you change your major twenty times. Don’t worry. You’re going to end up right where you belong.

As for me? I’m working for a biotechnology company (yeah, not using my major at all!) and have a perfect year and a half old little boy. I’m still writing religiously. I still have dreams. But I also know that it’s okay to change my mind too. If I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have ended up here. And let me tell you, here is a pretty great place to be.

About the Author

Katie Karambelas Katie Karambelas

Katie studied Media Studies with a concentration in Media Writing and a minor in Dance while at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She graduated in December 2010 and started her own home-based travel business, From Here to There Travel. While she loves helping people travel, she also enjoys writing and hopes to publish the young adult fiction novel she currently is querying to agents. She has been published in multiple literary journals including Bewildering Stories, Prospective Journal, Fiction on the Web, and Down in the Dirt magazine She also has a screenplay she's written that's gathering dust but hopes to one day become an actual movie. But there's time for that later! Katie has recently become TEFL/TESOL certified and is currently working for a biotechnology company in Raleigh, NC.

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