I knew I wanted to be a Chemist from the age of 5
When asked why at that age, I said, because I feel it in my heart.
When my professors at the university asked me why I wanted to be a Chemist, I said because I have had a calling to be one since the age of 5.
Now I understand that it was God’s will.
So, Luna, should I have been dismissed from the Chemistry program, think of the harm and the good I can do with just the little bit of chemical knowledge I posess, just because with an exceptinally high IQ, reading on graduate level since I was about 12, and I couldn’t give a better answer during the oral interview better than: “because I’ve always wanted to be one since I was 5, sort of a calling if one will.” (yep, I choked in the interview - 18 and thought I knew it all, until 4 PhDs were sitting at the table across from me, all by myself).
I was an agnostic then; however, I knew that being a Chemist was what I was ment to be… I have an intutive knowledge of Chemistry, often arriving at an answer, not by the math or the theory, but because I “know” the answer and can then prove the answer if asked to do so.
No, being called by God should never be the sole reason one is shoved out the door nor should ones past mistakes be held forever against one.
Luna, let us hope that our Police, Firemen, Doctors, Teachers, Nuns, and Priests are not treated so badly just because they felt “called” to the profession.