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Choosing a Profession
(Continued from last issue.)
What Are You Going to Be When You Grow Up? Perhaps
These Discussions by Freshmen of the Louisiana
State University Will Help You to Decide.
(Etta V. Higdon).
Not so many years ago, when I was
little girl, I wanted worse than any
thing else in the world to be a boy.
The situation was desperate. In fact,
I was in the frame of mind outlined
by the limerick,
"There was a young girl who said,
Can't I look in my ear with my eye?
I'm sure I could do it,
If I put my mind to it;
You never can tell till you try'!"
There was a reason for this pe
culiar idea that had become implant
ed in my mind. All the little boys
I knew were joining Pig Clubs. Ev
erywhere I went someone was talk
ing about Pig Clubs; I felt myself an
outsider, all because I was a girl. One
day, grown desperate with longing, I
recklessly tried to kiss my elbow,
(which, as every one knows, is the
magic formula for instantly changing
a girl to a boy), and I should have
been a man today, I suppose, with the
exalted position of President of all
the Pig Clubs, if some one had not
come along and jostled me just in
Later, when I entered Edwin T.
Merrick School in New Orleans,, I
joined the garden club. You know
how easily one can pacify a child by I
substituting something else for the I
thing that he has been crying for.
Thus when this grand opportunity of
becoming a farmerette was presented i
to me, I quickly forgot the old Pig
Clubs and my longings to be a boy.
Each girl in the school was given
a small piece of ground of her own.(
and was graded on her interest and
success in caring for it. I planted
!carrots, radishes, and onions in mine.
This was quite a mixture, but as
that was my first year I had to plant
something that would not require
much work until I was more experi
When the little radishes, started
showing their round, healthy bodies,
I had a sudden desire to pull them up
and eat them. But my teacher caught
me in the very act ofdcommitting this
terrible crime, and reprimanded me
severely. She was just in time to
keep me from pulling up the carrots
How very much I did appreciate
her saving my carrots I did not know
until the city vegetable contest was
held. But the very next morning the
principal called me and told me that I
I had the best garden in school, and
that I was to have charge of all the
products from pour school.
That afternoon when the Mayor
and other big men of the city arrived I
to judge the products from the dif
ferent schools, I was quite nervous 1
about my carrots; for though they
were in my estimation better by far
than any from other schools, I wasn't c
quite sure that the Mayor would think c
as I did. Presently I came, to the )
sudden realization that my name had f
been called out, and in a daze I heard e
the following announcement: I
"Etta Violet Higdon, Edwin T. Mer- c
rick. School, winner of carrot contest! n
This little lady from all reports has v
shown excellent interest in her gar- s
den and the care of it. Will Miss Hig- a
don please step forward and accept n
this blue ribbon as first honor in thel
With weak knees but a proudly
beating heart I stepped forward to re- f
ceive the coveted reward; and on my tl
way home, half bursting with joy and it
pride, I suddenly riealized how glad tl
I was that I had never kissed my el- S'
(T. T. Dunn). tc
Like most boys of eight or there- tl
about, I had great hopes of becoming I
a cow-boy, and almost all Western B
moving pictures that I saw served to V(
strengthen this desire. After a year nm
or two, however, my dreams of roping t(
cattle and riding horses gradually
faded, and after reading a few books \v
on the order of "Treasure Island", I fI
became very enthusiastic over ; hid- di
den treasure. My greatest ambition s(
was to become a pirate and search for h'
buried gold. w
I cannot tell exactly how long my to
fancy dwelt 1ipon this subject, but it el
could not have been long, for I have a
had in mind for several years the g9
idea of becoming an engineer. tl
I did not decide to become a me- 01of
chanicaL engineer, however, until one
or two years before I entered L. S. U. el
After consulting the family and care- 9i
fully considering the matter, I reach
ed the conclusion to take this course. r
I chose mechanical engineering be
cause I thought that if I had any
natural talent, it was in connection
with this work ,and I think that a per
son should, by all means, in choosing
a career, follow the guidance of his
natural inclinations.
Miechanical engineering was not my
first and only choice; in .fact, I have
had one or two others, but most of
them have been in engineering
I once thought of becoming a veteri
narian, and sometimes I still think
that,probably I should like this pro
fession better than the one I have
chosen. From what T have seen of
mechanical engineering, however, I
cannot say that I am not satisfied with
my choice. I have not1yet found any
thing that is very difficult in the
I consider that in an engineering
course there is a broader field, for
study and more opportunities than in
almost any other work. A first-class
engineer can demand a large salary
and the chances for advancement are
very good. J think that for a person
who likes this kind of work a better
choice could hardlly be made.
(E. A. Goldsby.)
Probably the first thing I wanted
to be, when a small boy, was a scien
tific farmer. With a natural inclina
tion toward farming because of the
pleasure I got ,out of seeing things
grow, and because I loved to see
things grown scientifically, according
to the methods advocated at that
time with the view of making a better
farmer of the man ,who owned only
one horse and a mortgaged house, I
set to work in all earnestness to make
a garden.
I prepared the ground and fenced
it. My parents encouraged me to the
extent of furnishing me with tools,
fencing, and seeds. No doubt they
were glad to see me employed in the
afternoons at Qomething besides play
ing football, basketball, or other
games of that sort, in which my
clothes usually became torn or soiled.
The garden progressed rapidly. The
seeds began to come up, and in r few
days I had to stick my beans and
peas. The potatoes and corn were
growing fast. The prettiest of all
were the turnips and lettuce, which
were ,different shades of green, each
seeming to try to outgrow the other.
I was quite proud of my achievement,
and felt sure that I would be a great
planter sonic day; but one dreary
night our cow got into my garden and
ate the growing things I had tended
so carefully. This catastrophe, which
was a real tregedy to me, robbehd me
of my further desire to be a planter.
As I grew.older I began to analyze
the various professions, with the aim
of discovering the advantages and
dlisadvantages of each. The financial
side required much of my study, but
I also considered the social as well
as, the civil and religious sides. Often
I discussedi these matters with my
First of all we talked of the pro
fession of law. Not being inclined
that way, I never took much interest
in law, though I liked to hear cases or
their arguments. When I was about
sixteen years old, my brother, who at
tended Louisiana State University for
one year with the expectation of be
coming an electrical engineer, talked
to me so much about his profession
that I became almost persuaded that
I should be an engineer of some kind.
But when my brother, who had dis
covered that engineering was not
meant for him, decided not to go back
to school, I was left without a guide.
The, next thing that I thought of
was the profession of medicine. .My
father's profession, that of a druggist,
did not appeal to me, for many rea
sons, the principal being the long
hours required. In the drug store I
was thrown with doctors who seemed'
to take an interest in me, and when
ever any epidemic broke out I gather
ed information from them about it,
gradually learning in my talks with
them, something about the profession
of medicine.
I have tried to fix my goal and
climb to it. That goal is to be a
great surgeon. If for many possible
reasons I do not have the privilege
of becoming a surgeon I hope to take
up engineering. If I do not become
an engineer I. may finish the college
of arts and science with the idea in
view of becoming a professor. My de
cisions concerning teaching and engi
neering are merely tentative, however,
for even though I should choose either
I should never be satisfied until I had
given the profession of medicine more
than a fair trial; for this profession
in my opinion offers a greater oppor
tunity for serving humanity than al
most any other.
(Jennie Stubbs.)
As a child, my chief object in life
was to become a cowgirl with a six
shooter on each hip, angora chaps on
my legs, and a Mexican sombre-so
adorning my head.
Of course I wanted a bucking
bronco, and I used to practice riding
on the banisters with the aid of my
mother's best sofa pillows. But, as I
grew older, this dream slowly vanish
ed, giving place to noble ambitions
to do great things for the sake of my
fellowmen, to be a martyr to society
in general, and to give up my life to
social service work. This ambition
was not fostered by any particular
influence but seems-and I was quite
surprised to find that other girls of
my own age held the same views
to he characteristic of grown girls,
whatever their station in life.
When I grerw older I found that
these high aspirations were giving
place to a desire to do something for
myself, as everybody else seemed to
be doing. My once credulous eyes
now looked askance upon the defects
in the world, and discovererd disagree
uble things about me that had hereto
fore gone unnoticed. I consulted my
father, and he was of the opinion
:hat "as I would inevitably marry be
icre I reached twenty-three, I might
as well take law, as it was good train.
ing and would give me a good educa.
lion, and I liked to talk anyway." I
immediately began to realise that law
way the profession for me, and I am
now pursuing that course with all the
tenacity of which I am capable.
(S. D. Watson.)
Because I loved to watch birds and
moths, I decided, when about nine
years old, to be a naturalist. Until
I was about twelve years of age I con
tinued to hunt birds' eggs and nests
with greatest zeal. When I would
find the nest of some rare bird, I
would get out a booklet, I had to find
the name of the unlucky bird. Hav
ing a book on moths, also, I would
hunt cocoons through the woods on
crisp winter days. When I found a
cocoon, I would take it home and tend
it carefully until a gorgeous moth
came from it in the springtime.
Since those happy days are past, my
present ambition is to be a farmer.
I decided upon that as my life work
several years ago. Everybody says
that four years at college will change
my mind about it. However, at the
end of those four years I expect to
be prepared in agriculture.
I suppose it was environment or
natural inclination that made me
choose farming as an occupation. You
know a farmer has a great many
pleasures that the city man does not
have, for he can leave his job when
he tires of it, and go for a lark in
the great outdoors, with two compan.
ions, his dog and his gun. The far
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