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#1 epasen


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Posted 16 October 2007 - 10:33 AM

I've been wondering SO LONG for what I want to do when I grow up. I know that I'm only 17 and I'll have time to make up my mind and blablabla, but for me, knowing what to want from future creates security: having a plan for your life drives me, makes me to go on.

For so many years I wanted to be a pilot. That was my dream job for soooo many years, and I planned all my upper secondary school studies for that dream (Upper secondary school is an optional school for young people after compolsory school, mostly from 16 to 20-year-olds). That was when I still thought that scleroderma was not progressing anymore.

But suddenly last summer changed that all. I needed to get more realistic, and after all these years of trying to get to my target, I had to give it up. All my studies felt like they were for nothing. For a while I had no motivation for school or for studying at all. I just felt sick, really sick, for the first time in these 11 years that I have lived with this desease.

Luckily I had biology 2 course going on. I had a wonderful teacher in that course, the one I had in course 1 too. She has liked me and somehow she sees something in me too. I never thought I could be interested in biology, but in the middle of the course one, and after her positive feedback I suddenly knew what I want to do: after upper secondary, I'm going to apply to university to study biology! I want to study medical biology, so maby one day I can actually do something good for people, to get to the bottom of rare diseases for example.

Now my whole heart and soul knows what I want to do, and I am going to do everything I can to go there! Even my body knows that it's able to do that. I feel so reliefed.

I just wanted to share this with you, because all of you here have actually helped me with that decision: after surfing here and reading these conversations I know that people are actually making a research on rare diseases and there's still a lot to be done. Luckily Finland is one of the leading countries on microbiology/geene studies, or so I've heard.

Thank you for listening to me and for being such an inspiration! Now let us all just hope that I'll have enough energy to study hard in the middle of all of this: scleroderma, raynauds, meds.. I'm sure you'll hear more about this next year, when I will have my matriculation examinations, cause they will affect HUGELY to this.


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Posted 16 October 2007 - 11:26 AM

What wonderful news!!! Congratulations sweetie pie! It must be so exciting to feel so passionate about something. I did not know you were 17. Aww honey, you have the world at your fingertips! Can't wait to see what your future holds.
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Posted 16 October 2007 - 11:46 AM

Oh Emmi,

How wonderful for you! I know you'll be great at whatever you set your mind to. But dedicate your studies to the cause! I'm so honored! and envious, I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up!!! :P

You go get 'em Em!!!
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Warm and Happy to you! Vee

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Posted 16 October 2007 - 01:12 PM

Emmi, I am so happy for your discovery of yourself and your future goals. It is always good to set goals. Some may change. Many may change. But, where there is knowledge there is a future for you. I hope when your life gets really busy, you will think of all of us and come on once in awhile and let us know how you are doing. It would be great to go back to this sight in ten years and say hey friends I did it. Study hard now it will make it so much easier later. I'm looking forward to hearing all about you, your life, and your goals as they come along. Sheryl
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Posted 16 October 2007 - 03:47 PM


That is so wonderful! I am happy for you. I can feel your excitement. Like Vee, I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up either.

I had no idea you were only 17! You sound so mature for your age. You have a long and prosperous life ahead of you and I too am honored that you want to spend it working to find a cure for ugly diseases.

You Go Girl!!!

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Posted 16 October 2007 - 04:15 PM

Hey Darlin'
It's wonderful that at 17 you have such a passion about something and that you are going for it! More power to you! One of these days I'm sure we'll see your name in a medical journal as researcher or author. Wishing you the very best.

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 06:13 AM

Thank you very much for your replies! I really hope that everything will work out fine, and I'm sure it will if I just work hard enough without forgetting believing in myself and relaxing! Thank you again!