How do I know if premed is right for me?
I am planning on going to undergrad for premed to study to become an orthopedic doctor. I know that it can be a difficult major sometimes, and require a lot of work. #medicine #doctors #career-counseling
The great thing about Biology as a major is that you can go so many directions with it - to med school, to vet school, to be a biochemist, to be a research scientist or geneticist, etc., etc. It's a great way to test how much you like the fundamentals that will prepare you for a career as orthopedic doctor - but also open many doors to other careers as well. (I graduated with a dual BS in Marine Science and Biology - and have a career now as an attorney!)
Of course, many people change their undergrad majors, too. If the first year as a biology student doesn't suit you, you can consider other majors. You can take comfort in knowing you've completed your math and science electives (and thus not wasted time/credits) if your decide to pursue English or History or Political Science or whatever. Don't feel trapped by your major your first year - your still learning about all the world has to offer.
If science and lab work interests you in High School and you are getting good grades in those courses, then I'd encourage you to follow your dreams. And, if you decide you want to change paths, you will have the flexibility to do so in your first year.
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