This is long. Just read the bolded if you don't want to read everything. Basically I need to decide between graduate and medical school.
Yo peeps. What's up?
So I'm a ways into my sophomore year now and I'm still not entirely sure what I want to do. My major is essentially human biology (no plants or nonhuman animals) and I really like this sort of subject matter. I like studying animals too, but I figured I'd be more useful with people.
So I originally wanted to go to medical school, but as time goes on, I'm getting less and less sure of my decision. Either way, for whatever I do, I'm sure that I'll have to either go to grad school or med school, as my base degree really isn't enough for anything. The trouble is in deciding which and what for.
Here's why I'm having doubts for medical school: 1. Insanely difficult/ginormous amount of commitment. 2. I don't know if I will like it. Yeah, being a physician is a rather diverse field, but I actually really don't like the "care" part in "healthcare." :P For the most part, a large component of being a physician relies on conversing with patients and all that jazz. I'm not naturally an alturistic person and I'm not naturally a people person. So I don't know that I'm very suited with a career that involves me using Fe all day. Also, I have a professor who has an M.D. instead of a PhD. Why? She went through her entire four years of med school and incurred massive amounts of debt just to realize that she actually didn't like being a doctor. I don't want that to happen to me.
Here's my reason for hesitating with grad school: I have absolutely no clue as to the possibilites with it. Right now, the words "science" together with "graduate school" make me think of people just analyzing chemicals and generally microscopic things all day. It sounds terribly boring, but I realize there is obvioiusly more out there that I don't know about. The problem is that I don't know how to find more relevant info. Sure, I can browse the graduate degree programs offered at my university, but that doesn't mean I know what sort of things you can do with any of those degrees.
So I've mostly only taken boring prerequisite and general education classes, but I've found the following classes interesting: anatomy, physiology, psychology, genetics. Outside of classes, I have always been really interested in diseases and disorders (who isn't?). And an additional note, I've always liked working with my hands (when I was really young, I wanted to be a carpenter, heh). I'm not really interested in things that I need microscopes to see, but I suppose I might learn to like it. I'm sure there is other stuff out there that I'd like, but as I said, I've mostly taken things like physics, chemistry, and Spanish so far.
One idea that popped into my mind recently was becoming a medical examiner. I used to watch this one show on Discovery Health about this woman who did autopsies. I always told myself that that was disguisting (because omg blood and gore) and terrifying (because omfg zombies) and that I could never ever do anything like that. However, it has become increasingly more and more appealing to me. 1. You don't have to have a conversation withthe dead people. 2. If you make a mistake, you can't accidentally kill someone. 3. Solving mysteries all day sounds exciting. 4. Yay cadavers.
But this would mean that I would have to make the huge commitment of attending medical school, getting a residency in pathology (which involves a lot of boring microscopes), and then going through the apparent politics it takes to become a medical examiner. Yeah, apparently medical examiners are "appointed" by local or state goverment officials.
So I need more than one option on my plate. This one sounds like a bit of a stretch, and I need to know what in the heck I could do with grad school that wouldn't bore me to death.