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5 Propositions about those 5 Important Decisions

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1.science as a major

Why was it science? Your parents bite their nails lately. Well, it's a hard question to answer. Somewhere, someone will mention some sort of passion.
+perhaps you find that you've crawled so far into specificity that you can't look at things the same way...the future, job-wise, is alarmingly specific and competitive and a little dry...
++of course, the other essential point: it's hard to know if you're really that smart, as in the type of smart that science and math people exhibit so easily, to carry industry/whatever forward. Maybe you're not. Maybe you should retreat while you still can.

2.research opportunities

They will be hard to find. Esp. due to med school hopefuls (if in bio-related field). But there really isn't much else you can do during+out of undergrad. There may be some fun to be had. But there isn't much money to make. You should have gone into engineering.

3.program difficulty

Each set of courses brings its own particulars.
BIO, ORG. CHEM--memorization
PHYS, MAT etc.--up to a certain point, it's understandable. Then it's not.
GENERAL/CONCEPT-BASED SCI--a lot of talking. That's not what we're here for, is it?

If you go to a university where profs constantly research, they will not have time for you.
If you don't...not sure if that's such a good thing.

4.social life

50% of the people around you are strangers.
50% are smarter than you, by definition. Actually, probably more (this is science, right?). Though you will try it is sometimes isolating to have them talk about calculus even after the exams and when you try to join in you get a scientist smile and you realize that the point you just made was incorrect.

5. university choice

Select for
--GRAD/MED SCHOOL:choose research intensive, all-consuming university (uoft)and struggle for undergrad. Then struggle for grad school.Wonder if rigorous education does good things for you. Hypothesize (and conclude) that it does said things in exchange for a few years of your life.
--RESEARCH/LAB WORK: choose small, community focused program where you can meet the prof, score lab work, and get intense burning evil eye from parents. Feel that you could have pushed yourself much more but four years went by too fast. Wonder if that's the reason you didn't get hired by Toronto lab. Wonder if you should become a teacher, then shudder. Or if you picked this option for grad/med school: worry that it was the reason why you didn't get in.
--HAPPINESS: no results match your search terms.
--GENERAL MAJOR: specificity is where the money is.
--SPECIFIC PROGRAM: all the too driven people in [insert competetive program] may nullify the chances of succeeding in said success-inducing program.


If you've taken the time to read this--please disagree (!!) actively by posting, or it will be assumed that you completely agree. Future readers will be able to compare the forum views against the posts and see things (somewhat)clearly for themselves.
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