Summer Middaugh

Summer Middaugh is a 6th grade Language Arts teacher in Tallahassee, Fla. 

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What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

by Summer Middaugh 08-27-2012

“What do you want to be when you grow-up?” is the pressure filled question that people begin asking as soon as they feel young people are old enough to answer. 

From there it only gets worse. It’s a question I hated answering. Adults and media filled my mind with careers that would make me financially secure and, in their minds, happy. So these careers filled my answers: doctor, lawyer, and pharmacist. I would be something important, and life after college would be financially easy. 

I babysat often through high school and remember a mom asking the dreaded questio