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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.

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