It’s hard for me to think about making a plan for my future now, just because so many things can and will change before I begin a career. However, I do have a plan for what my perfect future would be like. There are still quite a few holes in my plan, but there is a basic outline that I would stick to in my perfect world.
As of this moment, I am planning to double major in Dance and Biochemistry. While I’m confident that the Dance component of my degree will not change, I’m still not entirely sure I will stick with Biochemistry. If I decide to change it, however, it will probably be to another science. I don’t have any doubts about Biochemistry right now, but I’m allowing for the fact that a lot my change before graduation in (hopefully) three and a half years. I think this dual degree path really gives me an edge because I will constantly be using both the creative and analytical sides of my brain. I can approach art with a new perspective, one mixed with logic and analysis. During my senior year, I plan to start auditioning to dance in a company. I would prefer to find a company that focuses mainly on classical and contemporary ballet, but as long as I am dancing, I won’t be picky. I know that I will start out in a corps or even apprentice position, but the experience gained will hopefully allow me to move through the ranks and earn larger part. One place I will definitely audition is for the ballet company in my hometown, Ballet Nebraska. As it is a fairly new company, I would love the opportunity to help it grow and reach new audience in Nebraska, where there is very little dance. I am also aware that dancers, especially in small companies, rarely make much money. If it allows me to pay the bills while continuing to dance, I am willing to work a “day job.”
Now for the second part of my plan. I do have one qualification for a dance company in which I would like to work. The ideal company would be in a state where there is a veterinary graduate school, like Iowa, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, etc. While working at a dance company in one of these states, I could establish residency so as to pay in-state tuition when I applied to veterinary school. If I were to dance with Ballet Nebraska, I could live in Council Bluffs, Iowa and make the short commute to Omaha everyday for work. It has been one of my dreams, alongside dancing, to be a veterinarian. After my career in dance, however long- or short-lived, I plan to apply to veterinary school, become a veterinarian, and eventually own my own practice.
So there you have it. That is the ideal plan for my career path after college. To this end, I think I am taking the right classes and pursuing the right majors to acquire the skills I will need. I may need to pick up a business course or two, if I can fit them in, but that’s in a perfect world.