Post # 1
I’m in a pickle. I just graduated last year with my BS in Psychology and I regret my undergraduate years so.hard. 😐 Like I said, I studied psychology and put a lot of time into it (I did lots of independent research with the department and have presentations and a couple of authorships on journal publications to show for it) and I should have followed my heart and studied biology or wildlife & fisheries like I really wanted to. But I was in a really bad place where I wouldn’t have been able to transfer to the main college campus to finish those degrees (very long story involving homelessness and a terminally ill parent among just being the stupid girl who didn’t want to be away from her boyfriend – oy vey). So, because of those things, I settled for a degree I was only a little more than mildly interested in because I could finish all four years locally and, due to the circumstances I’ve touched on, my GPA suffered horridly and I’m ashamed of it to this day 😐
So here I am, 30 weeks pregnant, newly married, not even using the degree I’ve already earned and feeling like I need to start making some decisions on wtf I’m going to be doing with my life.
And you know what? I’m panicking. Full fledged, anxiety ridden panicking. D: Because how the heck am I suppose to do something in the field that I am passionate about when I can’t apply to masters programs because they require biology undergrad degrees and I can’t afford to pay back my students loans let along go back for a second undergraduate degree and I probably can’t get a job or internship for experience in said areas without these educational prerequisites?? The only working experience I have is years that I worked/volunteer at a wildlife rehabiltation center/wildlife sanctuary, but I imagine that counts for beans in the grand scheme.
I imagine this extreme moment of “holy-shit-I’m-so-screwed-and-my-life-is-over” is particularly exacerbated due to my faster-than-I-imagined impending due date, hormone surge, and the fact that my husband (as I’ve posted about before) is in a pretty similiar predicament. :S
Post # 3
This is what I would do:
Check out programs you’re interested in for your master’s degree.
Contact those schools to ask what you can do to be elligible for the programs.
Do whatever it is that’s necessary.
There are tons of programs for people with undergraduate degrees in Random who want to be doctors — post-bac programs — where they go and take things like Calculus and Physics.
Post # 4
Where I got my biology undergrad.. their masters program allowed students from other majors. One of my professors had a microbiology grad student who had their undergrad in music and they were the best grad student that year!
Side note: I am glad you thinking of going straight to your masters anyway because an undergrad in biology does not leave you a lot of job options (and the pay sucks)!!
Post # 5
@FutureMrsMK: Legit?! There may be hope yet! And yeah, I would much, much rather just go straight to a masters program than getting another BS degree which is essentially useless (the only thing I can really do in my area atm with my psych degree is TSS work and no.thank.you).
@peachacid: Duh – why didn’t I think to actually contact the schools? 😐 I was just browsing online and panicked. :S Yes, that’s what I’m going to do first! Thanks :3
Post # 6
Hm, looks like I would need to go and take more credits of chemistry and wildlife & fisheries mainly. I don’t even know how I would afford to do this 😐 I guess I need to talk to someone. Ugh.
Post # 7
Just bumping to see if anyone else had further advice. :3
I’ve been looking up schools and looking to see what their admission requirements are. I think I’m going to wait until I have the baby in August and then see what I can do in regards to this situation. I have the experience of the intership with the wildlife center, but not much else in regards to experience that could make up for my lack of a biology-related degree, so I think I’m going to look into what sort of jobs I could maybe get with just my BS + that experience in the meantime and, if not a paying job or intership, then volunteer positions.
I need to continue reminding myself that I’m only 24 – I still have time to get this done. I keep thinking “Well, I’ve been out of school for 8 months, it’s too late to do anything now!” and that’s just silly and I need to recognize that. :S Sheesh, lol.