I just graduated from high school and I want to continue my formal education by studying for a bachelor's degree in science. Biology is the science I am most keenly interested in, but here's where my dilemma kicks in: should I study Biology or Medicine? (I assume you're from the U.S., so let me remind you that in Europe you can study Medicine right after you graduate from high school.) On the one hand, I like the research component of Biology; a career in research or R&D(because I don't want to get involved in the academia) fits my personality and interests to some degree. Also, I can go on to study Biology in a British University, which is thrilling because I want to emigrate from my native country, Romania, and this is my get-out-of-there-ticket. On the other hand, I too find the practical side of Medicine appealing. I believe that I have the right skillset a doctor should have, whereas I don't see myself discovering anything ground-breaking in Biology. The downside of studying Medicine is that I could only do it in Romania. Since I abhor this place, I don't know whether I could cope living here another 6-10 years. To recapitulate, I am in a very novel position in regards to choosing what to study right now because apart from skills and interests, my decision is also influenced by the fact that I want to emigrate from Romania. Here are some possible outcomes: 1) Study Medicine in Romania. Graduate debt-free. Live a somewhat miserable life. Embark on an interesting and relatively 'safe' career. 2) Study Biology in the UK. Graduate with a ton of debt. Maybe live a bit happier. Choose a degree with lots of career options, none of which are deemed 'safe'. Please chime in with any advice as to how I am to decide what and where to study.