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sunlandia

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  1. Thank you so much for your reply! I've been thinking about what I would do other than academia, and I'm not sure the skills lend itself to anything but data analysis/statistical analysis for businesses which I'm not sure I would be into. Maybe I had too high expectations- I think I didn't really think it through, I just thought I would figure it out as soon as I got here. Now that I'm here, there are people who feel similarly but also many people know exactly what they want to do and what they're passionate about (like you!). Maybe it has to do with my advisor-- but I'm not sure how much I can move around in my program. I guess what draws me to a medical career is how applied it is, and how it seems directly valuable to people's lives (I'm getting kind of discouraged by the research people are doing here for months that no one will read, and no one will be impacted by it).
  2. I'm a first year psychology graduate student (specializing in cognitive neuroscience) at a pretty good grad school. I'm only a couple months in and I'm panicking- I wasn't 100% sure about grad school when I entered and now I feel even worse. I don't feel motivated/interested in the research I'm doing and now I'm thinking I should pursue a post-bacc to be pre med (which I have been considering for about two years). But my friends and family say I should give it a little time to figure out what I want to research, etc. I'm 22, and people say that I just need time to figure it out, but I'm worried that after 5 years of a PhD program, I'm not going to be happy with a job in academia (if I get one.. and that's a big if). I've been thinking about applying to post bacc programs -- which would be roughly 2 years plus 4 years of med school (plus residency, etc). Or, I could wait until I get my master's, which would delay it another year. Would this be worth it?? Or should I just forget about this and stay in my program? In short, I have NO idea what to do. Help!
  3. I'm a first year psychology graduate student (specializing in cognitive neuroscience) at a pretty good grad school. I'm only a couple months in and I'm panicking- I wasn't 100% sure about grad school when I entered and now I feel even worse. I don't feel motivated/interested in the research I'm doing and now I'm thinking I should pursue a post-bacc to be pre med. But my friends and family say I should give it a little time to figure out what I want to research, etc. I'm 22, and people say that I just need time to figure it out, but I'm worried that after 5 years of a PhD program, I'm not going to be happy with a job in academia (if I get one.. and that's a big if). I've been thinking about applying to post bacc programs -- which would be roughly 2 years plus 4 years of med school (plus residency, etc). Or, I could wait until I get my master's, which would delay it another year. Would this be worth it?? Or should I just forget about this and stay in my program? In short, I have NO idea what to do. Help!
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