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I can't decide! - May 23rd 2012, 05:51 PM

So, I need to make a decision by the end of the summer because that is when I will start getting into my major related courses. I am almost done with more core courses. Ever since I was 10 I wanted to save wildlife and go into wildlife research. So my goal until last year was to get my bachelors in wildlife and my masters in ecology which would allow me to do some research and conservation or go into the management side of wildlife organizations which would be AWESOME. The likely hood of me getting into the graduate program for ecology is pretty good so far. I think I stand a good chance at it. Yet, for the past year, I have been considering another career path. Ever since I took my first biology course and had a unit on genetics, I fell in love with it. After doing more research online, I have an interest in being a research geneticist. With that I could do animal, plant, and human genetics, but instead of being in school for 6 years, it would be 9. Not only would it be an extra three years, but their graduate program is insanely hard to get into and the chances of me being admitted once I get my bachelors is not very good. Yet the thought of doing something fun, getting pain A LOT, and going into this type of research is exciting.

I have no idea what to do. I am torn between two things I love. One requires much more work, and a slim chance of getting into the program (btw, if I did get accepted the university pays for my school expenses and living expenses!!).

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Re: I can't decide! - May 23rd 2012, 08:39 PM

Hey Jessica, I would suggest 2 things to you. First, look at the course requirements and decriptions to help you decide between them. Keep in mind that it's school and every major will probably have classes you won't like. Some of the courses might even overlap and you'll need them either way. You'll have to decide if the negative one's you hate are worth it for what you want to do. Next, talk to your advisor and/or professors who teach in both subjects you're considering to get a clearer and more detailed look at what each would involve and allow you to do later.

Also, if you decide to apply to the program that's hard to get into, it's a good idea to figure out what you would do if you didn't get in. The same goes for the other program too, even if you think you have a good chance at it, an alternative plan is never a bad idea just in case. I'm not saying you wouldn't get in to one or the other, but it's a good idea to be prepared.

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Re: I can't decide! - May 24th 2012, 03:08 AM

If you go for the more difficult program, look into minoring or double majoring. I'm sure courses will overlap for the two, and you might really like it. Like Kate said, look at the courses that you need for each. The course outlines really helped me when I was choosing my major and deciding which classes I would rather take.

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