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My whole life I have planned on going into the medical field in college. Up until last year, I was dead set on becoming a nurse. Something made me realize that maybe that wasn’t what I wanted to do the rest of my life. I began looking and trying to decide what I wanted to go into. Out of everything I have researched, I have found aviation the most intriguing.


Last week on fall break, my parents and I took a trip to Florida. Instead of the usual driving down, we flew. Going down, we had two flights, one from Chicago to Atlanta and one from Atlanta to Fort Lauderdale. This was my first time ever flying. As we boarded the first flight, my mom told one of the workers how I had considered being a pilot. The worker told the pilot and I was able to go up into the cockpit. It amazed me how many buttons and knobs there were across the dash and on the ceiling. I immediately began wondering how in the world I would ever memorize the hundreds of buttons, knobs, levers, switches, etc,. As it was later at night when we boarded the plane, I was not in the mood to ask a bunch of questions so some things I cared to know went unanswered.


Adding to all of the memorization, family time has also been a worry when thinking about aviation. When I get older, I will obviously want to have my own family and want to spend as much time with them as possible. My mother always reminds me to do what I think I will love and worry about that when the time comes. I still cannot get past the fact that I would be gone for 3-4 days and then home the rest of the week. I have always seen myself in an occupation where I go to work in the morning, get off  mid-afternoon, and then have the evening to spend time with my family. I feel like being gone multiple days in a row will be hard for me to handle.


The day finally came when we would take the final flight home. While on the trip, all I could think about was this moment. The feeling in my stomach as the plane would take off was something irreplaceable. After getting on the plane, we sat for nearly an hour as we had to wait for passengers to arrive from another plane coming from Aruba. To pass time while waiting, my mother again tried to get me to go talk to the pilots. If you know me at all, you know I can be very shy when it comes to talking to new people. She flagged down a flight attendant and told him that I would like to go into the cockpit. I went up to the very front and began talking to the pilots. Since I did not ask my biggest question before, I did this time. I asked the pilots how they made their lives work with only being home half of the time. The two men explained that it was not that bad considering their schedules. They did say at first it was a huge adjustment, but having the rest of the week off was a reward.


I still think this career path is something that I would like to research and investigate. Hopefully I can overcome this issue and do what I want.

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11 Responses to “Aviation”

  1. Josie Woolever on October 29th, 2018 10:52 am

    I found this very intriguing. I’ve always enjoyed flying, but never thought much about what all really happened behind the scenes. I would’ve never thought that there would have to be so many switches, button, levers, etc. I think it’d be really neat to be a pilot, and I’m sure if you really wanted to go into it you could make it work with your family. Good luck with your future plans! And great article Brannyn!

  2. Caleb Johnson on October 30th, 2018 8:02 am

    I really liked this story Brannyn. I liked how you described your past infatuation with nursing, and now how you have come to enjoy aviation so much. I too have thought about this occupation and it seems to be very interesting when you look at the fine details. Great Article!

  3. Kelsey Wise on October 30th, 2018 8:04 am

    I can understand being so confused as to what you want to do for the rest of your life. Although, I have found what I want to do and I will not be home nearly ever and it will be hard but I am glad you got the chance to ask about how often you would be home and speak with the pilots. I think that there is no better way to discover what you want to do other than going out there and asking questions from the resource itself! Really great article and I hope the best in your career decisions!!

  4. Brooklynn Fye on October 30th, 2018 12:58 pm

    What an eye opening article! I believe you will make the right decision. This article was very interesting to read.I love how you explained your thoughts about what you want to do even with the challenging hours.

  5. Chris Rowan on October 31st, 2018 1:23 pm

    I think the the article was wonderful and I liked how you explained and walked me through the story.

  6. grace on October 31st, 2018 1:31 pm

    This article was a very neat one, its cool you got to fly.

  7. Bowe Brooks on November 1st, 2018 9:31 am

    I really enjoyed reading this article about what you want your future to look like. Being a senior it is important to have an idea on what you want to do later on in life and I think its cool that you want to do something so cool. I hope it all works out for you, great article!

  8. Alex Myers on November 1st, 2018 2:04 pm

    Great article Brannyn! I really liked the way you described the flight and how you felt about it. I hope you make the right decision.

  9. Reece Rodabaugh on November 6th, 2018 7:52 am

    Amazing article!! I really liked how you described how you wanted to be something then changed your mind to something else. I like that because it means you’re open minded and that is a good thing. Also I like how you have goals to do something amazing! Best of Luck.

  10. Lauren Hileman on November 9th, 2018 8:03 am

    Great article! I think it is pretty cool that you went from wanting to be a nurse to something in a completely direction. I can also see how the family scheduling would be an issue. Good job

  11. Levi Dyer on December 21st, 2018 9:21 am

    Just hearing about the complications of flying gives me anxiety. I don’t think I would ever fly in a plane. Good article.

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