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Brookhaven College employee newsletter: Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Question of the Month

Question of the Month

You love your job now, but your tastes have probably changed since elementary school. When you were a kid, what was your dream career?

My dream career was to follow closely in the footsteps of my much older brothers and become a chemist. Both were organic chemists, but my fascination developed in trace (small amounts, parts per million and parts per billion) analytical chemistry. This career served me well in my positions within environmental chemistry and natural resource geochemist. I began my BHC career as a geologist and enjoy my duties which include being a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) advocate in Geospatial Technology.
Jerry Bartz, lab coordinator, Geospatial Technology

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Electrician, until I plugged my finger and Lite Brite together into an outlet and got the shock of a lifetime.
Thom Chesney, president, Brookhaven College

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I wanted to be a hair dresser. My grandmother was always so accommodating by let me brush and style her hair. Sometimes I even practiced braiding the mop, which also made a great dance partner I might add.. :o)
Vicki DeFord, administrative assistant, Multicultural Center

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Not to sound like George Costanza of Seinfeld but I always wanted to be an architect. I always enjoyed sketching people and drew a few cities and buildings back then. Unfortunately, as I pursued this dream, I came across a hurdle called math. The hurdle became too much to overcome and decided to pursue my back-up dream which was computers. Like I always preach, it pays to back-up your important data, I guess you can add dreams to that list.
Manny Estrella, senior information systems manager, Information Technology

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When I was five, I saw my first fire truck, and in it there were three fireman hanging on the side of the fire truck. One of the firemen waved at me and smiled. At that age I didn't fully understand what they did, it just seemed cool. As the years went on, I gained a high respect for what they do for us. Even at this point I still wish I had the chance to become firefighter.
Mauricio Luna, department assistant I, School of the Arts

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To become a coach. With the help of my family and my coaches I have been living my dream since I graduated college.
Brandon Rains, head coach, Brookhaven College Baseball

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When I was a kid my dream job was to go to outer space. I wanted to be an astronaut. I remember getting a space shuttle charm for my charm bracelet from James Avery for Christmas.
Czarina Reyes, faculty, Mathematics and Science Division

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I wanted to be a CSI agent working for special cases in the FBI.
Mary Schoals, department assistant, Marketing and Public Information

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When I was a kid, I wanted to become a librarian or a teacher. I thought those jobs were the only jobs that would keep me around books all the time.
Mersedeh Sefidi, adjunct faculty, Mathematics and Science Division

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Dream career: I aspired to become a mechanic and own my father’s car/garage. I loved the idea of “getting filthy” for a living, until I understood how hard that profession can be.
JohnPaul N. Tow, specialist I, Professional Development

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The only thing I ever wanted to be was a housewife. Fortunately (or unfortunately), my husband and children still "allow" me to be one every day!
Kendra Vaglienti, dean, Communications Division

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Concert Pianist
Don Welsh, chemistry lab coordinator, Mathematics and Science Division