Most people were asking her “Why did you take up Nursing when you know that you are good at art?” Her Answer: Two years ago, our highschool guidance counselor (back in Ateneo de Iloilo), called my attention. She told me to come in her office for a quick discussion about something. I arrived.
She asked me to sit and then she began to talk. She briefed me about college, and the life that I am about to experience after graduating highschool. At some point, she asked me what course will I take. I said, I am planning to take up either Political Science (for my pre law) in UP, or Business Economics in University of Asia and the Pacific. She then said that I should consider my talents as well, integrate them with my college course.
She suggested Mass Communications, Fine Arts, Interior Designing, and Architecture. After that talk, I was confused. I thought about my future in those courses. If I took up Pol Sci, I would have been in UP right now, enjoying my summer vacation. If I took Business Eco, I would have worn a business suit.
If I took Mass Com, I would probably be busy with my articles and deadlines. If I took Fine Arts, I would imagine myself studying the history of art and the prominent people in the field. If I took Interior Design, I would have redone my entire house and changed the color schemes. If I took Architecture (it would be great to be an architect though…), I might be preoccupied with the design of my dream house. haha! Tables really turned after some time.
Months of thinking, surveying, and praying, made me realize that I can step out from the box. I made a list of my goals (long term goals) and possible JOBS that could offer me a great deal. Nursing popped first. I said to myself “Eew. It is a course for desperate people and I don’t want to be desperate!” Considering that it is the highest paying job in the whole world, and the demand is still up, I wrote it down.
I might become a nurse someday, or better, a Clinical Instructor. Though, if I choose this course, it does not belong to the the “art” scene. (I am open to new things… really.) Medical Field? It might sound scary, especially the needles and everything… I thought, the experience might pay off. I also think that it is better and practical. Instead of doing things for myself, I could help others out.
Service. It is not about the money (If that is what’s on your mind) I am not after the Dollars, nor the “abroad” part. I am after the challenge and the “fun.” Plus the cool WHITE uniform… So I chose NURSING… Now I am a nursing student. I strive hard just to pass. I study inorder to survive the said “challenging course.” I perform like there’s an emergency.
I think like an adult and not as a high schooler. I do things the right way. I am extra careful. With these, I love the fun, the thrill, and the excitement. I have no reason to change my course. (but at times, I am tempted to) Amidst the Health Care, Return Demonstrations, Bio Chemistry, Nutrition, and all the rest, I found myself tied to the computer. It was not so long ago that I started playing with our photoshop software. I made goofy designs and combined different colors.
With that, more and more deviations later, I tinkered with my friendster layout. I did the css (studied it for weeks) and the outcome was good. My friends wanted me to do theirs too, and It was just as easy as changing the color combinations, and making a good layout. A year later, I got tired of doing their layouts for free, so I joined multiply just to hide.
From there, everything is history. I tinkered the css codes, and I made myself a simple theme. 55 86 themes later, most of the people said that I should make a business out of it. And so I did. I launched Orangecup Design in the last week of december 2007. Days and even Nights of shifts (morning school and night designing) I managed to pass term after term and satisfy client after client. Now, It is my way of living.
(Think of it as studying and working at the same time)… So far, many would say that I should be in a computer-related course. Why should I? Web Designing is merely an accident. I did not wish for something like this to happen to me. Projects kept on coming in, and even BIGGER opportunities with BIG people. 3 inch thick books are invading. What more should I ask for?
I am happy with Nursing, and I am really satisfied with my side- line-job. One thing that kept these two near is TIME MANAGEMENT. I did not expect that from my talk with the guidance counselor, I would end up in an entirely different dimension. Nursing and Information Technology? Not a good match. haha!