I considered much the conjuction of my infatuation with biology with the asshole who brought it to my attention. I remember being afraid at first that I was merely following some personal authority and that the disappearance of this personal authority might make the passion for science disappear.
This quickly changed as very early on, my interests in Biology became more specific, more esoteric, and eventually, I became much more knowledgable in my chosen fields than he was even before any of us went to any classes.
Now that I’ve retreated to a more “small-time” university, I have the privilege to study the field I desire with the academic freedom to study other esoterica as well (for example, I highly doubt I’d find any time to study Latin or somesuch in Tel-Aviv, even though technically it’s possible. )
The thing about this university is that although it’s less famous than TAU, it’s still a good springboard to a lot of stuff that big places like TAU don’t waste time on. It goes with the communal-like atmosphere that Ramat Gan has.
The thing that bothers me the most right now as that I’ve technically set myself into a “Jack-of-all-trades” route. I’ll be educated in Biology, I’ll be a certified sign-language interpreter, and, hopefully now that I’m back to practice, I’ll be wrapping my waist with a black belt (gah, it’s been what? 11 years now?) by next year. The thing is – a jack-of-all-trades is a master of none… Eventually, one of these is going to have to do some compensating for the others – if I’m into being a professional biologist, eventually I’m going to have to train less or neglect the Deaf community a bit. I’m going to have to really work my ass off on training this year because the deeper I get into academia (and become more prominent with the Deaf) – the less time I’ll have to devote to my training.
You get the general idea. Life’s going to be all about the balance of these 3 “trades”. Maybe the plus side is that after the amount of time it usually takes an average person (such as myself) to become, say, a professional wossname – I’d say that in 20 years I could be a “master-of-all-trades”. Well, at least a master of three.