My initial chosen career path was that of a counseling psychologist. My BA is in psychology. I'd started a Master's program, been given an assistantship and everything but...
I didn't like my advisor,
I didn't want to do a 48-hour program,
I firmly believed I was going to run across some people who couldn't be helped nor rehabilitated,
I remembered how much I loved my African American Studies minor,
I drifted into a couple of history classes at the same school,
I took a seminar in which I wrote a paper about psychological factors at play in the Cuban Missile Crisis,
I spent a lot of time with government documents (especially Congressional records),
I found the prayer given in Congress the day after JFK's assassination,
I found a poignant, gracious letter from Jacqueline Kennedy to Nikita Khruschev's wife written during the former's last days in the White House,
I knew right then that I could do this type of research, in some shape or form, for the rest of my life.