Post # 1
Currently, I’m a 20 year old college junior. My current major is nursing, but I’m not sure it’s what I want to do. I’d much rather be in a lab somewhere with a degree in Microbiology/Molecular Biology, on my way to being a Virologist. I just don’t really like people that much, and two of the factors that influenced my decision to choose this field were the money and the fact that I would always have a job in this economy. Horrible, I know. The problem with doing what I really want to do? I’m horrible at Chemistry. As in, I failed it. Even with two tutors, during the semester. Microbiology requires Chem II, Inorganic Chem I and II and Biochem.
The nursing program doesn’t seem all that difficult. I’m really great at anything with biology and at labs.
Because I failed Chemistry, I’m currently out of school this semester and possibly next semester, and I’ve been trying to evaluate my future and what I want to do with it.
I just can’t seem to find any of my “real life friends” that seem to be in this boat. They all say they’ve known they wanted to do this, or that, since they were 5. My friend, that I’ve known for 13 years now, has been talking about wanting to go into sonography since I’ve known her, and that’s what she’s doing. I just feel like I’m supposed to know for sure by now, and that I shouldn’t be so clueless.
Any of you Bees have a hard time deciding what to get a degree in?
Sorry. I just felt like getting that out…
Post # 3
Chemistry uggh! I took it 3 times and STILL ended up with a D! That being said, I have wanted to be lawyer since I learned how to argue, but I had my little boy at 16 and basically convinced myself that I couldn’t do it even though I had graduated high school early. So, I decided to go to nursing school for all the wrong reasons. While doing my prereqs I got my CNA license and discovered that hands-on healthcare is not for me. Plus as I said i suck at Chem. Now I am 23 and I will be finishing my Associate of arts in May. I plan to major in Mass Communications/ Journalism and hopefully go to law school afterwards. I totally feel your pain! You will figure it out, just pray about it and research anyand everything that you have an interest in!
Post # 4
@morgobride: I would have taken a D over an F. Even though it still would have been considered failing (I have to make a C or above in all my classes), it would have given me a little more hope than that F. I’ve never made anything under a C since I’ve been in school. An F now was like, a rock crushing my soul… Ok, not that far, but still, it really sucks, and is now making me doubt EVERYTHING I’ve done thus far.
I’ve been trying to find some Virologists that are decently close by that I might could talk to, or shadow. My FH’s mom is a nurse, so I have her to talk to about nursing.
Ugh. I’m SO indecisive.
Post # 5
I always wanted to get involved in law, but the path getting there has been less set in stone. I declared journalism as my major freshman year, but then I took a class that focused on writing and psychology and I fell in love with psych. So I switched my major sophomore year, only to fail stats. It took a little while (and failing physics 2 as well) to get there, but I graduated in May with my psych degree and a criminology minor. Because of my screw ups failing a couple classes and not doing so hot in a couple others over 2 semesters, I blew my initial acceptance to PhD programs, but I did get accepted to a masters program in criminal justice, which I’m doing really well in so far.
I didn’t find my exact passion until late junior year when I took Psych & Law. Now I plan to finish my masters and apply to both PhDs in forensic psych and joint PhD programs with law degrees. It’s been a long and frustrating road already, but I know I’m getting a lot closer now.
Hang in there, it’ll be worth it in the end. If you really want microbio and need the chem, try studying as much as possible while you’re off this semester. Maybe look into community college chem classes either as transfer credits or additional practice for your school.
Post # 6
@soonerpsych: That’s the problem. I took Chemistry at a community college and still failed it. I would have tried taking it at my 4 year university, but I found out I’d failed so late I couldn’t register for classes. Now, the community college I was going to retake it at, isn’t offering it again for another 3 semesters. Sigh. The joys of college…
I’m doing the research that I can, and finding all the Chemistry for Dummies books I can get. I’m also trying to contact one of my tutors to see if they’d been willing to work with me again this semester so I’m not rusty when I do take it again, but my tutor just graduated and got married, and is out of the country until sometime next week. And I don’t want to contact her about Chemistry just as she’s settling into married life and life after college…
Eh. I guess I’m just pretty stressed out about it right now. The information about failing, and the class not being offered and me being too late to register at my usual college came all at once, 2 days before Christmas. Great timing… Sigh.
Post # 7
I’m with ya. I’m 21 and halfway done with my A.A right now. I keep thinking about nursing because everyone says I should do it. Not because they think I’ll be good at it or enjoy it but for the same reasons you listed. I think what I really want is something either in psychology for children/teens, or social work. I just worry about the burn out rate or that I’d get too attached or invested. It’s tough, my advice would be to do just what you said and really take some time this quarter that you have off and think hard about where you see yourself and research what you need to do to achieve those goals. Best of luck!
Post # 8
Well, mine hasn’t really been very useful, but I struggle with my law school/JD choice much more than my undergrad choice – mainly because it cost me 3x as much.
Post # 9
@Kati_Did: Thanks : ) I guess it makes me feel better to know that there are people who had no idea what they wanted to do. I was beginning to think I was the only one.
I have my A.S already, but I can’t really do anything with it. It’s just general science, and finding a job right now is hard anyway.
I hope I figure it out 🙂
Post # 10
When I was a freshman in college, I told my mother I wanted to drop out and go live at Kripalu to study yoga. She laughed in my face basically.
I ended up finishing my BS then going on to get a JD and then an LLM.
9 years post law school…guess what.
I am a yoga teacher.
You should learn from my experience. If you want to go into something other than nursing, DO IT. Otherwise you’ll just regret you didn’t 15 years later.
Post # 11
Definately, I feel better knowing I’m not alone in my indecision as well! 🙂
Post # 12
@SouthernGirl: That’s odd you can’t register up to the first week of classes. At my undergrad and my grad schools we’re able to register with a late fee until 2 days after classes begin.
Are there any other comm. colleges that might offer the chem class? Or schools elsewhere in the state you could take it online? I hope you can get everything worked out and get on the track for what you want!
Post # 13
Yeah, I have had a lot of trouble with college. A lot of it is medically related BUT at some point, I have to vouch for being sucky during my time as an engineering student. I had goals of getting a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering with a focus on Tissue Engineering and then getting a joint M.D./Ph.D but that fell off after my first semester. I didn’t fail at first but I definitely gave up after two years in engineering. So I failed out of my 4 year school and it was my lowest point. I was humiliated and had pretty bad depression.
Then I transitioned to History while I was at a Community College and that was boring. Then I went back to the same 4 year university that I failed out of and studied Sociology and Women’s Studies for a semester and hated it. It was too damn boring and I couldn’t justify the cost especially given the fact that a lot of the stuff that we were studying I knew or could know with little effort (via a library card). I knew I’d be unemployed when I graduated and that I wouldn’t be an attractive grad school applicant. So I left that 4-year school and am at the community college again studying accounting and I’m pretty good at it. The worst case scenario is I get a job as a bank teller. Right now I’m just buying time until I graduate, get married, and establish residency whereever my Fi finds an engineering job so I can finish a B.S. in Accounting b/c I feel terrible for not having it. I’m still embarrassed with where I am but mentally, I’m so much better than where I was a few years ago!
My advice, figure out what’s important, set small goals, and don’t give up (I think I should take my own advice) 🙂 Truthfully, I would love to be a physician BUT that’s never going to happen and family is more important than a career now. Five years ago, I wouldn’t have thought that.
EDIT: Have you thought of taking General Chemistry again or Remedial Chemistry by themselves during the summer, both are offered at community colleges? That way you can focus solely on that ONE course. I think if you are trying to do damage control with regards to that particular subject, maybe having the ability to focus on that one course by itself will be beneficial.
Post # 14
@SouthernGirl: Well, you would always have a job in microbiology/virology, actually. People will always get sick. We will always be looking for a way around that. I’m actually a Microbiologist that works in industry, and like you, don’t really like working with the public. I work in drug development for one of the world’s largest drug companies, and it’s seriously rewarding/interesting. If you do decide to go that route (either staying in academics or going into industry), make sure you have as many lab internships as humanly possible, and preferable a masters degree or higher. A simple college degree will not make you competitive.
Also, it took me 4 weeks in the darkest depths of the economy crash to get a job. What you worry about in insudtry is not bringing enough drugs to patent – not a housing crisis or financial industry meltdown. The unemployment rate for people with a college degree is at a low right now – it’s the less educated blue collar workers who took the biggest brunt of the crisis, and make up the record unemployment rate. It’s only about 5% for those with college degrees – a low rate. It’s almost 10% nationally, which incorporates everyone else. Don’t let misinformation steer your decision.
(Also, virology and microbiology are, in practice, radically different fields. You would need a different scientific background for both, even though a lot of the molecular techniques are the same. Stick with a general molecular biology emphasis if you think you might want to go that direction – don’t limit yourself by specializing too early)
Post # 15
This is a great article on a virologist, if you have a New Yorker subscription:
Which part of chem did you find hardest?
Post # 16
I’m currently struggling with mine and I graduate this June! I’ve spent 5 years total at school studying to be a secondary history teacher! I could of graduated last year but (given the economy) I decided to stay another year so that I could participate in a year long student teaching program that gives me twice the experience in the classroom as normal education graduates. BUT on December 15, my governor (of WA state) announced a pretty knife-in-the-stomach feeling budget cut that seriously effects the basic (free to low-cost) health care for the poor and the education sector. It’s still in the proposal stage but it’s looking like it will pass and that will mean, among other things, roughly 3,800 public school positions will be cut (meaning, those who already have jobs) and another state hiring freeze (2nd one in 5 years)!
My Fiance and I live in the small town that my university is in and if we don’t move (which my Fiance doesn’t want to do because he JUST got promoted to a managerial position), I’m going to have a really tough time finding a contract and will most likely have to sub until the hiring freeze ends. Or, I can attempt to find a job in a private school; however, the nearest private schools are at least 30 minutes away and are all severly religious and require their teachers to attend their on campus churches (and although I am religious, I don’t attent church and don’t like to be in situations where I feel someone is “pushing” something onto me).
So…basically, I’m saying that after 5 years and $60,000 I’m slightly regretting my college degree choice even though I love teaching. I guess we just have to stick to it and continue to do what we love and hope that it will all work out in the end!