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Doubting Pre-Med Track. Need to know if there are other career options?
Hey everyone! So I've been faced with the very common dilemma of a student who has said their entire life that they wants to be a doctor but when they actually get to college begin to doubt everything.
Throughout high school (and the majority of my life) I had my heart and goals set on being a doctor. Overall, my academic record showed that I excelled in STEM courses and all of my extra-curriculars were either STEM/pre-med based (e.g. volunteering, shadowing, research, etc.) However, once I got to Cornell I found that I was struggling to keep up with the pre-med track. I was doing awfully in my freshman bio courses, getting a C in my physiology course (1st semester) and a B- in my lab course (2nd semester). I chalked up these bad results to being in the wrong major/college (Biomedical engineering in the College of Engineering) and not being as prioritizing and being as productive as I should have been. By sophomore year, I was able to internally transfer to the College of Agriculture and Life Science as Biology & Society major, a major that is better suited for the premed track. I even managed to shadow a doctor in the summer before my sophomore year to demonstrate my continued interest in medicine. While I am doing slightly better overall in terms of my GPA, I found that I am still struggling in my bio courses, despite how much I study and receive help. Worst of all, I am finding that I dread taking these courses and fear that maybe pre-med isn't for me.
I suppose what I am looking for is advice on what people who have faced a similar issue have done in the past and what other medically-related career fields are out for students who are no longer pre-med.
I know that this is a super long post but any advice would be great.