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  1. Hello! I have my B.S. in Chemistry and have been a working chemist for about 5 years now but my real passion is working with animals and I am interested in pursuing a career in wildlife ecology/conservation. Does anyone have a similar experience of switching careers from chemistry to conservation/biology/etc.? I would love to just work in the field and gain experience without having to go back to school but that's probably not possible :( I do not have a strong biology background so I don't think I have much of a chance of getting accepted into graduate programs... I'm wondering if I should try getting a post baccalaureate degree in wildlife science/ecology/conservation/etc. or possibly get a graduate certificate or take some prerequisites before applying to grad school. Also, I live in Portland, OR and don't really want to move so I think my only schooling options would be online or OSU. OSU has a few different graduate programs, two of which I'd be interested in: Masters of Wildlife Science (very competitive) or a Graduate Certificate in Wildlife Management which would be easier to get into but would still require that I take prerequisites but could be a foot in the door for meeting faculty and give me an advantage if I want to enroll in the masters program later. Or I could get a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences but not sure if it's worth the time, effort, and cost. Basically I'm really confused and don't know what to do so any advice on this would be great! Thank you so much!
  2. Hey! I was secretly hoping only one of these schools wouldn't accept me because I absolutely hate making decisions. Obviously, I am going to do a little bit of research again before I decide but I wanted to know if other people had any advice. I got into: Boston University - MA International Relations and Environmental Policy (with a tiny bit of $) American University - MA Global Environmental Policy (no funding) I want to try to make my concentration centered around wildlife conservation. I want to work in a place like the World Wildlife Fund or something similar. My problem is, which is actually the best school for international relations/environmental policy? BU - offers flexibility with the program. I can take classes in any of the departments meaning I can take wildlife biology or something like that along with my IR and EP classes. It's also a well-known school. (other reasons: I have family there, know the area, friends are here, etc.) AU - it's in the middle of Washington D.C. basically where all of my dream organizations to work are based. The center of policy, but I'm not sure if I will be able to get any sort of wildlife conservation concentration there. (other: It also might be cheaper to live here with my dog if I'm being honest.) These are just the bare bones, but I don't really know how to compare these schools yet. It was always a tie for me. More people know what Boston University is, so that's something I'm taking into consideration. I'm also applying to the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, so if I get in there that's an even bigger decision on my hands.
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