For the past few years or so, I have been set on becoming a pharmacist. I shadowed a pharmacist on multiple occasions, and thought that clinical pharmacy was awesome. And so, I was trying to decide between USC and their TAP program and UOP and their 2+3 pharmacy program (I posted a thread about this earlier this week).
Yesterday, I decided to attend USC. However, this morning, I was chatting with a family friend, and he were telling me about nurse anesthetists. And that just sounded like an awesome job. When I was younger, I wanted to be a doctor, either a radiologist or an anesthesiologist. Then I changed my mind and wanted to be a pharmacist. And now, nursing sounds like a good career path. I could get a BS in nursing and then either go on to become a nurse anesthetist or maybe even medical school if I wanted. But then if I don't make it into a nurse anesthetist program or medical school right away, then I could work as a nurse. So that sounds like a good career path.
Right now, I am extremely confused. I don't know if I should continue with my decision to attend USC or not. I already sent back the form saying I accept admission into USC's TAP program, but I haven't paid the deposit for undergrad yet, so I guess it's still okay if I don't attend USC. I just don't know if I want to become a pharmacist anymore. I had my doubts about pharmacy last week because after visiting UOP, pharmacy just didn't sound as interesting as it did before. Anyways, here are my options:
- Go to USC. If I want to go to pharmacy school, I practically have guaranteed admittance. If I don't want to go to pharmacy school, I could just get a BS degree. But they don't have a BS in nursing. So, I might have to get a BS in nursing, which would take even longer.
- Attend UC Irvine. I'm accepted as a pharmaceutical sciences major, so maybe I could change to nursing science. (By the way, does anyone know if a BS in nursing science is the same as a BS in nursing?)
- Go to a community college and then hopefully transfer Loma Linda University and get a BS in nursing there.
LLU also has a nurse anesthetist program, so maybe getting a BS in nursing there would improve my chances of getting in. And LLU also has a medical school. But USC has a nurse anesthetist program and a medical school too.
As always, price is an issue. Going to a community college and then LLU would be cheaper, because they are close enough to home for me to commute. However, I really want to get out of the house, and away from my hometown. I've been here my whole life, and I want to explore other options. USC is definitely the most expensive option, and price was a factor even when I was choosing between USC and UOP. I chose USC over UOP because I felt more comfortable on the campus. While USC sounded like a great choice because of the TAP program, if I didn't go into pharmacy, it does not seem like a reasonable choice at all, even if I really like the campus. UCI is sounding pretty good actually. It's not as expensive as USC, but it is more expensive than community college. And I would be able to get away from home. The only problem is I am worried about my chances of getting into a nurse anesthetist program or medical school. Or even pharmacy school if I do decide on pharmacy. However, I know that going to USC or LLU will not guarantee my chances of getting into their programs.
I'm so confused. I thought my life was planned out. I started having doubts about pharmacy school last week, and because I'm actually considering a different career option now tells me that there's a good chance I don't want to do pharmacy.
I really appreciate any thoughts/comments/advice. I'm super confused, so please give me some advice! It really worries me that the deadline to reply to colleges is tomorrow, and I'm just starting to do research on another career right now.