When I say I did my Bachelor's in Environmental Science the first reaction I get is "what does that have to do with photography?" For years I've tried to come up with a good answer, but I didn't study Environmental Science to become a photographer, and I didn't become a photographer to do something with my degree, so the correct answer to the question is a disappointing "nothing".
After graduating high school I had to choose what I wanted to study and that's what I did. I didn't choose a career based on what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, I chose something I wanted to learn about. At 17 I didn't know if I wanted to be a photographer, a scientist or anything else, but I did know I wanted to understand the world a little bit better.
I didn't really think about what I wanted to do after college until my senior year. After attending a summer research program at the National Water Center, I realized I didn't like working in science as much as I enjoyed learning those topics. Even when I loved every single one of my classes, the politics of the science world were not for me.
After 5 years in college, I graduated and set sail to the vast unknown with an outstanding resume in Environmental Science and a job offer. And that's when I chose to be a portrait photographer.
I didn't get a college degree in photography but I did study, and continue studying, photography. It's been 6 years of workshops, talks, online classes and a summer spent in photography school.
My gut dictates my decision making. I used to think I had to have a solid reason to do the things I do, but the truth is I don't. I do what feels right and studying science felt as right as being a photographer feels now.
If we pay close attention to ourselves we'll realize we have the answers to our own questions. I guess I always knew I wanted to be a photographer with a degree in science. I don't know where my photography and my degree will take me next, but I'm eager to see. If I have some advice for you is to do what you know will bring you happiness and a sense of accomplishment.