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Oh, the wonders of biology and my own anxiety. How did you decide on your career?

  1. May 8, 2010 #1
    this entire site is completely new to me, but I can tell that it is currently giving me both hope and intimidation. This might seem like a long rant or a common concern among young hopeful high school students, but please don't stop reading - I've been looking around and not only do many of you have such diverse areas of expertise but you also seem to have the know-how on how to fallow your passions.

    I'm currently a senior in high school with an interest in biology. Recently, I've been concerned that I don't have the qualifications to be a major in this subject. Perhaps I'm just nervous about college, or maybe I'm just paranoid and afraid of failure, but I've seen the recognition my peers have been getting and the way they can act care-free and still get good grades. I'm not saying I'm a bad student - I've maintained a 3.9 GPA. It's just that it was not until the middle of my first semester of this school year that I figured out what it was I wanted to do. My question is: is passion really the key to getting this degree?.

    I've taken hard classes, I think. I discovered I actually like AP Calculus (actually, I didn't really like the AP test part...bluh), as a matter of fact. I'm in a college level English class. I've taken two years of biology, one year of chemistry, and animal and AP environmental science. I'm also a part of the school newspaper and have taken an art class each year. But throughout high school, and I realize this now, I never knew what I wanted to do after high school. I knew I wanted to go to college - but I hated it when people asked me what I wanted to study. I had no idea. But now that I know, I feel as though I've wasted valuable time - I could have taken anatomy, physics, or plant science (I was so close to taking physics). I've always been strong in biology, simply because I love the subject. I've always loved to study animals especially, even as a kid. Even in my spare time I tend to study my Env. sci. subjects. And at one point I wanted to be a meterologist.

    I've always be a dedicated worker and, when I do research for a subject, I do research. I get as much information as I can and I tend to enjoy it - unless it's late at night and I have the paper due within the next couple of days, but lately I've been feeling, well, depressed. I've been letting regrets get the best of me and it's becoming harder to do my work (senioritis) probably because I'm getting tired of certain classes. I just feel so angry at myself for not taking certain classes that I now know I would have loved (I haven't even gotten to dissect a frog damnit). But sometimes I feel like I'm not ready for college biology, that my interest is not going to be enough.

    Could I please, for the love of my sanity, have some advice or encouragement or admonishments? Could someone share some of their experiences about choosing a major/career? Please?
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