Well first I wanted to be an accountant b/c I was good at math. Then I realized, around 9th or 10th grade that it was boring, and I wasn't super good at it. A teacher I respected that year changed my interest to social studies. I then realized I wanted to help people, and around 10th grade decided I wanted to be a social work. I studied psych and soc in HS, and majored in Sociology in college w/ a minor in women's studies. I interned at a women's shelter in a city, and eventually got a job as a case manager, working with elders in need of home care services to remain at home. I loved that job, although it was stressful and didn't pay well. I got used to disgusting homes, death and the sad realities of some people's lives. I also had many rewarding experiences with my clients. After over 3 years, I had the opportunity to get a state job paying twice the money. I now work in the court system, and my job is to recommend to the judge in court how much bail defendants should have, and any conditions of release, as well as monitor those conditions. It's sort of like being a probation officer, but the person is not convicted of the crime yet. I try my best to help the young kids that are starting a life of addiction and crime.