Just as a warning: I'm functioning on very little sleep right now, so my apologies in advance if I don't make much sense at times. :) I am currently more than halfway through a nursing program, partly because AP credits covered much of the core curriculum at my school. To put it bluntly, several of my professors said I would be bored with nursing, as did a few nurses I shadowed about a year ago. I confess that I mainly chose nursing because of my family and our financial state. The possibility of landing a job shortly after graduation is very likely for me. I want to help my family, but I still feel like I made a mistake. In the end it was my choice, so I really shouldn't complain. That brings me to my main reason for writing this today... I declared a chemistry minor recently, and I'm in love. (Don't forget physiology, microbiology, and probability & statistics!) I plan on taking general chemistry I and II, calculus I and II, and organic chemistry I over the summer. Biochemistry is optional for the minor, but I'm going to take it eventually. I hope to go back to a different university after I am through with the nursing program, and possibly apply for a biophysics MD/PhD program. I'm not even 20 and planning to stay in school forever. :) I'm fortunate in that two of my former science professors offered to write me letters of recommendation, and so did a surgeon I know quite well. I'm aware that experience in a clinical setting/research is extremely important. 1. Could you suggest textbooks and resources online (etc.) that could help me get more out of the classes I will take over the summer? (I frequently visit MIT's OCW and Khan Academy.) 2. Do you think my background in nursing will be frowned upon, even if I learned from my mistakes by giving into my traditional family? (The truth is that I didn't have my "ah ha!" moment with math and science until about two years ago. I've always done well in those subjects, but I never came to really appreciate the elegance of them.) 3. I am interested in Harvard for the MD/PhD program. "Courses in math, calculus, physics, chemistry, biology, and biochemistry would provide an ideal background for a student’s coursework in specialized areas of biophysics." (http://www.gsas.harvard.edu/hils/biophysics.html) Could you give me some suggestions for a major/double major when I go back to school after I'm done with the nursing program? 4. Any more advice you want to give me? Thank you very much, this really is a wonderful site.