The second winner in the Shorebreak contest is aspiring photographer Madison Duggan from Michigan! We hope the MacBook and especially the autographed Clark Little photo encourage her to live out her passion every day.
Whether you want to shoot stunning shots like Madison or be an engineer or run your own business, you probably identify with her fears: wasting time, losing motivation, and being on her own after college. Read the interview below to see how Madison is combatting these fears in order to follow her calling.
When you were little, did you want to be when you grew up? Has that changed?
Growing up, I always wanted to be a teacher, although your mind usually changes numerous times throughout high school! My results from the strengths assessment on FYC resulted in my first strength being Creator, so this really inspired me to get my creative juices flowing.
For the past year and a half or so, I’ve been really set on becoming a photographer. I have a dream of traveling all over the planet taking breathtaking photos. After selling my first DLSR about a month ago, I bought a brand new one that has motivated me to take my best pictures yet. So far I’d say I am in the beginning stages of my future career.
Tell us about your school experience. Where are you enrolled now?
I graduated from Harbor Beach High School (Michigan) last year, class of 2015, and am currently attending St. Clair County Community College. I dual-enrolled my senior year of high school through St. Clair, so I’m finishing my basic courses from this junior college.
What are the top three things you are most scared about during or after college?
As a college student, my current biggest fear is wasting time. I fear than I might be wasting time taking basic classes than maybe spending my time learning every detail about my camera.
I also fear losing motivation. Since I do not care for school that much, I fear of not having motivation to do my very best.
Lastly, I fear stability after college. Thinking about 18 years living under the stable, comforting wings of my parents, I am scared but excited to see what it will be like when I spread my own.
What is the biggest obstacle to pursuing your dream career?
Knowledge! I have only just became a part of the photography world. Until I learn more about it, my career won’t go anywhere.
How do you think FYC can help students?
Find Your Calling is great! I know there are countless other high school or even college students out there today who don’t have a clue about what they want to do with their life. It’s things like FYC asking you the simplest questions that give you the little push towards a career you just might enjoy.
What’s some personal advice for other students?
There’s nothing you can’t do. Whatever you’re passionate about, chase it!