Adaorah Odogwu

Athens, Georgia

Hello. My name is Adaorah, but most people just call me Dora. I was born in Atlanta, Georgia on July 12th, 1994 and I currently reside in Clayton County. I am a second semester freshman at the University of Georgia and I attend UGA with my brother, Chisom, who is a sophomore. I guess I could say I am a struggling writer because English is not my forte. Instead, I am a science major. I am currently a Chemistry/ Pre-pharamacy major and I hope to one day attend the UGA School of Pharmacy, I think.

My freshman year of college is nothing short of a emotional roller coaster. I have days where I feel like I am on top of the world and then I have those days where I feel like all I want to do is crawl into a hole. A majority of my stress this year stems from the fact that I have begun to question my future plans. Often times, I find myself wondering, do I really want to do pharmacy? My parents want me to, but do I? Honestly, I am starting to believe that the my career choice, chosen by my parents when I was about 2, is actually not for me anymore. I love the field of medicine and I could study the human body for days. But, I just do not see 'Adaorah the pharmacist' in my future.

My dream is to change my major to physical therapy and sports medicine. I am currently on the UGA Powerlifting Team and I try to find time to workout at least 4-5 times a week. Sometimes I even myself force my friends to workout with me. I am in no way a certified personal trainer, but I love helping and teaching others how to get in a successfully, good workout. If I could just workout for the rest of my life I would be set. Unfortunately, life does not work that way. I just really need to decide on what I want to do for the rest of my life. Such a big decision involves both a lot courage and confidence.
My brother and I are both supposed to become the family pharmacists. Our parents have the graduation dates planned and everything. However, plans changed a few months ago when my brother decided he did not want to do pharmacy and changed his major. Our parents have yet to be informed. Diverting away from the original plan set by my parents is a big deal and it took Chisom a lot of courage to do it. But, do I have that same courage?

So, here lies my dilemma. I see two paths in front of me. Will I stick with the career path that my parents have chosen for me, or will I follow my dream? Well, I guess I will just have to see.