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Which is better?

thenextyaothenextyao Registered User Posts: 132 Junior Member
edited May 2006 in Pre-Med Topics
Majoring in science or majoring in something I truly like? My mom says I should major in science to do well in med school. She says she won't pay my tuition if I major in something other than science. What the fck! I don't know what 2 do. I am okay with science, but I don't really love it. I wanna discover what I truly enjoy studying. As of now, I think I wanna become a doctor. I have had some exposure to that field, and my aunt and uncle, who are physicians, say years of studying really paid off. However, I don't really know what I am really really passionate about. :(
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Replies to: Which is better?

  • i am who i ami am who i am Registered User Posts: 110 Junior Member
    If you really, really need to go to a science related field so your mother will pay your tuition, how about...double majoring?

    take a few non-science related classes, and try to find something you like.:)
  • bluedevilmikebluedevilmike Registered User Posts: 11,964 Senior Member
    Obviously, it depends on your school, but I would feel comfortable telling your mother this:

    1.) Obviously, you might not want to become a doctor. There are many ways to make much more money much more easily, and being a doctor is not for everyone.

    2.) Let's assume you do pursue the premed track. Studying a science does not help you with the admissions process into medical school. It doesn't hurt, either, but statistically, everybody does exactly the same. http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/showthread.php?t=176156

    3.) Now, let's assume you actually go to medical school. Will being a science major make medical school easier??

    a.) Definitely not for chemistry or physics or math majors.
    b.) Yes, somewhat, for BME and biology, in the obvious ways. You'll have taken biochem, and - if you're smart - microbio, physiology.
    c.) Probably not much. If science majors always did much better than non-science majors, medical schools would admit them preferentially.
    d.) Definitely not much. Your grades your first two years are not that important - what really matters is your grades once you get into the clinical years. That's much more related to your ability to deal well with patients than learn the book material.
    e.) Nothing you can't get otherwise. As a bio minor, I took every premed-relevant bio class my school offered, which wasn't all that many. Much of a bio major will be consumed with things like ecology, diversity, and evolution - none of which have anything to do with medical school. Just take the relevant courses and forget about the major.

    4.) If your mother cannot be convinced of this, then by all means! Major in a science. Double in something else if you must, but if she insists on a science major before she'll pay your tuition, that's well worth it.
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