When I decided to become an English major in college I had no idea where that would lead me. I quickly discovered that the road would pretty much inevitably lead to grad school. When I started grad school I considered it as just a means to and end - that end being a job. However, after two years of graduate work I've discovered that I really like learning. Sick, I know, but this leads me to realize that it is also pretty inevitable that I will someday become Dr. Lindsay - yes- in the distant future I plan to pursue an M.Ed. or a Ph.D. Am I crazy? Maybe, but i do have the examples set before me of family members who have acheived this, which tell me that I can too.
That being said, I took my first step down the road to academe today. I submitted a paper for publication to a scholarly journal. Now, it's not astrophysics (Uncle Gary), but it is meaningful to my field. If you'd like to check out the journal you can go here: http://www.psu.edu/dus/mentor/. It's an academic advising journal. Clearly there's no guarantee that I will be published, but it's at least a first step.
Here's to many more years of research, writing, and tuition dollars to come.