How I Chose My Major: Biology

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How I Chose My Major: Biology

I’ve loved bio ever since that first class in high school. I was eager and bright-faced as I stepped into the classroom, ready to learn. I thought I knew what the class would be about (the human body), but it turned out to be so much more. The class focused on DNA – until my teacher got canned for losing his temper with some students. Remember the scene in the Harry Potter movies where Snape throws a jar of beetles at Harry Potter’s Head? Yup, it was something like that.

Well, despite all that, I had enough time to fall in love with genetics and microbiology in general. I knew from that day that that was what I wanted to do with my life. I didn’t really know at the time what that meant, job wise, but I’m getting a better sense of that every day. I’m working in one of the campus labs now to get experience, and it’s long repetitive days in some ways, but luckily I have the patience for that sort of thing when there’s a bigger picture to look at, so it works for me. A lot of people hate it though, and I can see how it’s not for everyone. Some people find lab work boring and isolating, but I like it.

I think my future is in research, but for anyone else considering the major, medicine is always an option, of course. I’m a hypochondriac and can’t stand to be around sick people or hospitals, so that option is out for me. Double degrees in biology and technology are probably the most lucrative because you can work for (or start a) tech company that develops medical devices. There’s a lot of growth in that field, and pharmaceuticals is also good career choice.

That’s been my experience in bio, anyway, and I hope it can be helpful to someone.

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