When I was younger, I loved language and I wanted to graduate from college. Those were the only things I knew for sure. My childhood was otherwise unstable. Although there was a lot of love, we moved a lot and we were even homeless a few times. As a young adult, I succeeded in becoming the first person in my family to earn a bachelor's degree (with honors!). This took me five years to accomplish while working side jobs to support myself. After graduating, I worked in the finance world for a few years. The income and professional experience were good, but it became obvious that sitting behind a computer and crunching numbers all day wasn't a match for my values and interests. I wanted to help people, to be in a research-based field, and to use my analytical skills. I took a few career assessments and they all pointed to SLP, among other professions. I called my local university and spoke with the head of the communication sciences and disorders department. I interviewed and shadowed several gracious SLPs. All systems flashed, "GO!" so I quit my job and now I'm working on my second bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology at CSU Sacramento. I will apply for master's programs this winter. While the coursework is rigorous, I'm happy to be on a career path that ignites my passion and helps fulfill my purpose in life.