In lieu of an abstract, below is the essay's first paragraph.
There is no doubt in my mind that most if not all students have been asked this question; some as early as pre-school, likely more often as graduation creeps closer. Though I must admit to asking this question of others, it is usually tongue-in-cheek, as I have come to dislike it for a number of reasons. In particular, I take issue with three assumptions implicit to the question: 1) you already know what you want to be; 2) that there is only one thing that you can or will be; and 3) there is some age at which you are “grown up” and have everything figured out, including the answers to 1 and 2. Let’s start with the first one, and everything that’s wrong with it.
"What do you want to be when you grow up?,"
Verbum: Vol. 13
, Article 14.
Available at: https://fisherpub.sjfc.edu/verbum/vol13/iss1/14