Hi Career Doctor!
I’m currently finishing up my junior year and I keep second-thinking my major. I know for certain that I plan to major in Spanish, but I can’t make up my mind on what else. I originally came to school for Pre-Pharmacy, but decided to change it after not doing so well in Chemistry. I then decided to change it to Physician Assistant (because I wanted to stay in the health area), but that focused on Chemistry as well. I decided to go into Radiation Therapy to work with cancer patients, but job shadowed this past summer, and I can’t picture myself doing it forever. So I decided that I should probably look into Business since I enjoyed Accounting and Economics in high school. So that is my current major: Marketing/Accounting AND Spanish. I feel that I enjoy the science courses more though and would like to switch back to it and perhaps pursue Pre-Optometry, but then again, I could see myself in Business as well. I do a lot better in Arts and Liberal classes, but–as you can see, I’m quite confused! I’ve been to some academic and career advisors, but they don’t seem to help me much! And my mom pressuring me certainly doesn’t help the situation!
Please, please let me know of what you think!
I feel confused just reading your letter! But I’ll try to sort it out for you.
It seems that you would like to be in the health field, in an area where you don’t do the same thing all the time, but chemistry is a real block. You mention optometry, which has many repetitive functions, but the interesting thing about optometry, is that many optometrists combine business with medicine by having their own eye glass shops.
Admission to optometry school is competitive; only about 1 in 3 applicants are accepted. All applicants must take the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT), a standardized exam which measures academic ability and scientific comprehension. The OAT consists of four tests: natural science (biology, general chemistry, and organic chemistry); reading comprehension; physics; and quantitative reasoning. Note how prominently chemistry features in the OAT. So if you can not afford chemistry tutors, I would think of a new possibility.
How to find new possibilities? Go to your college counseling center and ask them to give you a Strong Interest Inventory. I think this is the best vocational test to help people who are as confused as you are find the best career path.