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- Jan 1, 2007
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Why did you choose this major?
I wanted to be a doctor when I was a kid, but then again I also wanted to be a grocery store bagger, an actor, a meteorologist, an inventor, and an elementary school teacher. In high school we moved from Richmond to Texas, and I watched a television special on the Darlie Routier case in our hotel when we moved. I became really intrigued by the case, and this in turn led to a really deep interest in Forensic Science. After researching the field and looking at more case studies, I decided that I wanted to become a Forensic Scientist and work on solving cases. I was pretty much set on attending VCU because of the outstanding Forensic Science program, and I would be able to move back home. We moved back to Richmond my senior year of high school, though, and so it was a no-brainer to go to VCU (great program, in-state tuition, live at home so no living expenses, half scholarship). After a couple of years in the program and more exposure to the actual field, I started to really hate the idea of being in a lab for the next 40 years of my life with a nose down a microscope. I became frustrated with school because I felt like I was locked into a career that I didn't want to pursue any longer. I was offered a full-time position that could have very well led to a lifelong career in business, and I even contemplated taking a year off of school to pursue that. Eventually, through talking with family and friends (and a LOT of introspection), I rediscovered my childhood dream of becoming a doctor. At first I was only interested in Forensic Pathology, as my degree would be in Forensic Science. But as I became more exposed to medicine and saw firsthand what practicing medicine on [live] patients was like, I knew I had found my calling. I am now interested in many specialties -- I think that Pathology is very interesting, but I don't know if it's something I could for the rest of my life.
Phew, that was long-winded, eh?
I'm majoring in music, I chose it because I was good at it, and I thought I wanted to teach. My original major was music education, but I decided I really didn't have any desire to musically educate middle/high school kids. The deeper I got into the music stuff the more I felt the health field was where I wanted to go, so here I am.
I haven't officially changed my degree plan yet, but eventually I'll be just a BA in music, because I still love playing and performing, but just a little research will show you that very few people can make a career out of that, and on top of that I'm not really sure I want that lifestyle.
So yea...that's about it...