(Closed) College Bees-Can anyone help me?

posted 6 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Are you in school full time? Can you take time off to find an internship to test to see if you like that area?

The best way for me to learn what I wanted to do was by doing things I didnt like. Then I could identify the qualities of a job or profession I liked, even if I wasnt sure the exact job title I wanted.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

You need to give it a chance.  I have a BA in Biology and some of the pre-recs were Chem and Physics and stuff like that and I was very bored, but once I started taking more bio and bio related classes like Microbio, Organismal bio, evolution, etc.  I started to love it!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’ve changed my plans 3-4 times. Started out with a plan to major in communications (because why not? I hated it) then switched to psychology (because I loved the subject, but never wanted to work in the field), then decided on pre-med (because I fell in love with my human biology classes, then did enough research about the healthcare industry and the lives and mental health of physicians to realize I never wanted that for myself). Then finally realized that I loved physiology for all the same reasons I liked medicine, without any of the drawbacks. That’s where I am now, 5 years, 2 degrees, 2 MCATs (good scores too… what a waste), and a GRE later, I’m finally on what I consider the right path for me. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Do keep an open mind though, I never thought I would end up in the biological sciences. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Spectrespecs:  I’m headed to graduate school for my PhD in physiology. In the meantime I’m working as head teaching assistant under my biology professor. Basically helping her plan and teach her human biology lab course. 

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I ended up with a double major and a minor because I couldn’t make up my mind. I will end up using my primary major and minor in my job (I have to go to graduate school first). Doing an internship in my field really confirmed that I chose the right career path. I enjoyed my second major but realized I didn’t want to do any jobs in that field.

I would figure out which of the classes you have taken you like best. When you’re choosing classes for this semester, make sure you are taking classes that fulfill requirements for that subject as a minor or a major. That way if you hate it you still have a minor (which is often like 15 credits but varies between different fields).

Talk to your career center. See if you can do “informational interviews” with professionals in your field, or with professionals who happen to have a major you’re interested in. Find out if they love or hate their jobs and what it is that they love or hate about them. Some people in my field hate that many tasks are tedious, but I don’t mind the tedious parts because I get “in the zone”. Some people also dislike that its often a lonely job where you work in a laboratory by yourself and that doesn’t bother me at all.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My Fiance is now 24 and finally finishing the four-year degree he started in 2005 this December (minus the year he took off for a very serious surgery). He’s changed his major a lot and actually left to go to train as a firefighter (he finished, but it didn’t work out because of the surgery).

I’ll tell you the same thing I told him, which was the same thing my mother told me: it doesn’t 100% matter what field your bachelor’s degree is in, just as long as you get one.

Go for something vague if you’re unsure so you can cover your bases, and make sure to take courses that develop your writing and communication skills regardless of your major. I majored in English and ended up at an environmental company with a very strong chemistry emphasis, complete 180, but they cared that I had a degree and could learn quickly on the job. Field specifics are for your Master’s or PhD!

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Can you take a year off, get some job experience, and then come back? If you are that indecisive, it seems staying in school is throwing good money after bad. :-/

 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@asscherlover:  This is a really great piece of advice! OP, try out the minor before deciding on the major, if both are offered. Before I declared my physiology major, I made sure I really loved bio sciences by earning a biology minor. It was very easy. 

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@anemonie:  The only way it doesn’t matter what your degree is in is if you don’t want to do something very specific afterwards. I couldn’t have become a scientist without a science degree, same with engineering, pre-med, etc. There’s a LOT of exceptions to the advice your mom gave you.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Taeyers:  Thats how I ended up with my math major. I finished the courses for the minor and then added on the courses for the major. Some majors have classes that are only for the major or only for the minor, but other courses apply to both. That way you don’t waste you time if you only get the minor its no big deal and still shows up on your resume.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I changed my major 3 times. Started off second ed. Discovered I hate children. Got my ba in English, decided that I just couldn’t handle sitting in an office proof reading or doing reasearch for the rest of my life. Now I’m getting a masters in counciling. I love it. I might do the phd work too simply because I want a phd. After my name. 

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