Every student at my university has to do a final project to graduate and receive their degree. For the science department, the final project is research followed by a paper and presentation. The biology department offers two options as a final project. Students can either choose to do research with a professor or shadow for at least 90 hours and then write a short description of the shadow experience, how it help or deterred me from the profession, etc. In my case, I would shadow an optometrist. I am considering changing my major from chemistry to biology so that I could possibly shadow. I am unsure of what to do. One reason is because shadowing may be seen as an easy way out. Another reason I am unsure is because in the event of me not getting accepted to optometry school, if I have to fall back on my degree, I don't have any research experience. The benefit of doing research would be that the professor that I do research with can write me a letter of recommendation (right now I have no one to write me a recommendation). What would you recommend or do?