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My Roadtrip to Figuring Out What I Want to Do.

  • Class: AVID I Period 4
  • Educator: Kathy Van Dusen
  • Home Base: Middle College High School

My Roadmap

I mashed up my Interests to direct me down my own road. Take the Roadmap quiz for yourself!


Being Physically Acive

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Environment & Nature




Being Creative



My Roadmap


My Manifesto

My Manifesto

I will believe in myself, I won’t let anyone else tell me what I should feel or how I should act. I will filter the noise, keep the good noise and just ignore the bad. I will try to reach my own definition of success and not strive towards someone else's. I will try my hardest to reach my goals of getting a masters degree. I will keep working on my music and continue to practice so I can get better. I will always fight for what I believe is right and try to stand up to injustice when I see it.

Leader Interview

Michelle Hardy

Professor of Child Development

She teaches four classes and she helps run the department of Child Development.

What type of route did this leader take?

  • It was straightforward

    "It was straightforward."

  • It was windy

    "It took a while to figure out."

  • It was circuitous

    "I tried everything."

Leader's Work Life

While we didn't go too much into detail about what an average day at my Leader's work looks like, she did talk about some of the things she does. She helps run the child development department at Santa Ana College. She also teaches four classes in Child Development. I assume that teaching requires grading work, responding to students, and planning lessons. I assume that some of the work she does running the department is hiring professors, planning events, and making regulations. After I learned about some of the things my leader does I can definitely see myself with this career in the future.

Leader's Noise

Some of the Noise my leader heard along her road was that she didn't want to be a teacher, that they don't get paid very well. She filtered out the negative noise and she said it really helped her. It is really important to block out the negative noise because it can have a really bad impact on your mental health. It can make you judge yourself and can even make you feel pressure to choose a career that you don't really want to do. My leader blocked out the noise and did what she wanted to do because it filled her own definition of success.

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Advice from my Leader

Some advice my leader gave during the interview was to always say yes to new opportunities. That we should figure it out as we go. It is really important to say yes to new opportunities because they could definitely help you in your future. If you figure things out on your own it may be easier to remember them, rather than if someone else just told you what to do. She said to stay in school which is very important because education allows you to find more opportunities for employment. College is very beneficial to you because it allows new experiences and helps you build a community.

My Cold-Calls

My Cold-Calls

The most important thing I learned from making my cold call was to stay calm. I was really nervous before and during my cold call. I only got to leave a message however I was still nervous and I was talking really fast. After a couple of seconds, I calmed down a little and started talking slower and getting what I wanted to say across. Another thing to remember is that the worst thing they can do is say no. If they say no then I can just find another professor. I also learned good communication skills and how to act formal but casual at the same time.

Before and After


Before my Leader interview, I thought that there weren't that many careers in child development but now I realize that there so many careers in the field. You can do so many things with one degree. You can take all of the knowledge that you have about the subject and apply it differently depending on what you want your career to be. If you are interested in education you can become a school counselor. If you are interested in psychology you could become a child psychologist. There are so many career options and things you can be in one field of education.