Not A Job You Saw On Career Day: Sexologist, Part 1

3 Nov

While many of us heard nursery rhymes about the butcher, the baker, and the candle stick maker, we never heard about the sexologist. Perhaps it was too hard to rhyme with? Either way, it’s a real job. In fact it, it is a job that is on the rise, and in my opinion, for the better. Here is how I got to where I am today.

My story began in middle school. I was always that friend you could go to for your sexual or relationship concerns. Inappropriate? Pervert? Slut? Maybe for some, but either way, I was motivated. Mind you, all of us were learning and discovering new things for ourselves, but I was always the one reading up on what was going on “down there”. I remember going to the book store with my mom and sneakily walking into the “relationship” section of the store, ONLY when no one else was in the aisle, as if I’d be caught in that section! As soon as someone walked by or turned down that way, I quickly did a 180 and pretended to peruse the exercise and fitness books. Lucky save on the layout!

I credit my mom with my invaluable and early love of reading. I recall many memories of sitting on her lap listening to her read to me and my love of the knowledge that books imparted. Of course those books mostly led me to believe that animals talked and much of life would end happily ever after. None the less, I became a book-o-phile. I developed the ability to not only read quickly, but retain the information I had just read.

Fast forward to high school. I always had a knack for science, mainly biology. Incidentally, the only AP class I passed was AP Biology. For those who may not know, AP courses are set at an advanced pace and allow you to potentially gain college credit while still in high school bearing you pass their comprehensive exam. When it came time to apply for college I chose Grand Valley State University. It was close to home, had a great reputation for the sciences, and gave me college credit for my passed AP exams. I was in.

Lofty dreams had me set on the Pre-Med path, but unbeknownst to me, chemistry would be my downfall, or actually the catalyst to make me search for something more. I sucked at chemistry. It was embarrassing. It was the reason that I knew I wasn’t going to be able to pursue a medical degree. Cue depression and dashed dreams. Where was I to head? What was I going to do with a biology degree? Work for the DNR? Pass. Where could I use my knowledge of how life works, evolution, and behavior? It only took one trip to the grocery store to make me realize where my true talents laid, sex.

Next time you are in the grocery store, casually look at what all of the glossy magazines that are so strategically placed in the stands are telling you. Almost every magazine has something pertaining to sex. Whether it is 5 secrets to help you blow your man’s mind, or 10 new ways to feel better about yourself, it is all about sex.

I graduated with my bachelors in biology and immediately started my studies to become a sexologist. I went to one of the few graduate schools in the country that grants advanced degrees in the study of human sexuality and I’ve never looked back. I want to make my adventure of grad school and how I became a sexologist another post so please stand by. I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into what spurred me onto pursuing my degree of choice and as always, everything is OK here.

One Response to “Not A Job You Saw On Career Day: Sexologist, Part 1”

  1. Bradley Birkholz November 3, 2011 at 5:28 pm #

    Love your sign off line “as always, everything is OK here”

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