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Old 05-22-2006, 08:11 PM   #1
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Ok I need a little help here folks...At the moment I am nearing the end of my first year course in Psychology at Bristol University.

I like the course, I like the friends I've met here, I like the city itself.......problem is I'm not sure I'm on the course I want to be doing in my heart of hearts.

I knew I picked the wrong A Levels (what we do in our senior years at high school in the UK, basically a combination of 3 or 4 subjects you choose, which meet the requirements for a uni course you want to do)

I didn't know the what the hell I wanted to do at uni at the start of my A level course so I picked 3 subjects that I thought gave me a good range of what courses I would be able to pick at uni......really i grew unhappy with my choices, as I felt I picked an easy route, they didn't match my capabilities, what I knew I could do, but I was lazy and didn't really have a clue what I wanted to do with my life....

I knew I picked the wrong subjects almost immediately...I didn't particularly like two of them and got lazy with the one I did like. I got AAB grades...good grades but I should have done 4 subjects and got straight As in them (sounds pompous I know but I got AAB with very little effort...that annoys me too that i didn't try)...So I ended up picking Psychology as my degree.

Now I think or feel I know what I want to do, and that knowledge has come at a crappy crappy time.

I think I want to be a doctor, it has always been a nagging thought at the back of my mind, just never took notice of it much, especially when I knew I screwed up my A level choices......

I do think I really want to be a doctor but I would need to drop out of uni and go back to a college to get the extra grades I need, then reapply to a uni....It's a big thing...

Plus I made a commitment with friends to share a house next year, if I leave without them finding a replacement they lose the house.

They will probably hate me if I go I don't want that because I really like the people I was gonna share with, they are my best friends here, but I know I would be pissed as well if somebody just all of a sudden dropped out of the house...I made a financial commitment and now i'm getting ready to pull the plug on them.........

I don't know what I should do...I don't want to mess with them, but then I don't want to regret for years about picking the wrong course...plus I do think I want to be a doctor because I've been getting jealous of the med students I know.

I don't have any fantasies about what it is like to be a doctor, I know it is not like any of the dramas about, I just feel it is something I am capable of doing and that it is something I would enjoy doing.

Ahh I'm very confused at the moment
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Old 05-22-2006, 08:20 PM   #2
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You need to find a subleaser for your share of the rental. That's how we did it in uni when a friend dropped out of school. She found someone to take her place. You're friends will understand though I'm sure they'll miss you!

Going back to college for the extra courses isn't ideal but if that's what you really think you want to do then do it!
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Old 05-22-2006, 08:43 PM   #3
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Thanks Kat

I'm going to talk to one of my friends who has been through it all before, she dropped out of her previous uni in first year, and she is back starting everything again.

I would need to redo Biology as I only got a B last time and get Chemistry at A level..so two courses I would have to do.

I also need to talk to my parents...my mum should be ok with it...she has always suggested I should be a doctor...I never listened

I feel like such a screw up at the moment.
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Old 05-22-2006, 09:08 PM   #4
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Good luck LJT And you are not a screw up. You are just human and like others before you have made a few mistakes. If you really want to be a doctor than I say go for it.
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Old 05-22-2006, 09:36 PM   #5
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Thanks BonosBaby........just its hard not to feel like your letting the people around you down...

At least I guess I now know what I want to do with my life..I wasn't even particularly sure what I wanted to do with Psychology.
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setting higher goals for yourself hardly makes you a screw up.

i've seen you mention it a few times, seems like it's something you really want to do. so good luck.

i'm sure you can work something out with the house...
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Old 05-22-2006, 09:58 PM   #7
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Higher goals, bigger falls...thanks though darlin

By the time I get the right grades to start Medicine, I will be 21....way over the hill
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Yikes! You have to choose your degree while you're still in high school? That does sound stressful! I didn't settle until I was in my third year of college/uni. I changed degree programs 5 times until I was happy. I actually took two psych classes this semester, my final semester of my four years in college, just because I've always liked psych and didn't have time for those courses before.

It sounds like you'll have to make a choice and stick to it.

As for the rent situation, it's very very bad to simply pack up and leave. If you made the commitment, you're obligated to work around that. I've had people do this to me and it honestly put my entire career and ability to attend college/uni in jeopardy. It's not cool.


Good luck! You may be confused now, but you sound like you've already got a LOT more direction than most people your age.
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Old 05-22-2006, 10:43 PM   #9
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In the UK for the last two years of high school you are basically made to specialise in 3-4 subjects...I chose Biology, Business Studies and Computer Science.

To have been able to study Medicine I would have had to do Chemistry, Biology as well as two other subjects.

I don't plan on simply packing up and letting my friends suffer because of me. I know my decision is going to affect them.

I don't want to be stuck in a degree though because of a rent situation either. I just need to find a way that works for everyone.
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Go for being a doctor! I was in a similar situation. I was taking accounting and realized that I could do something more difficult if I really wanted to. Now I'm on my way toward a bachelor's in biochemistry with a 4.0.

If you really want to do it, do it. You may regret it later that you didn't put yourself up to the challenge. Put enough work and effort into something an you can do anything. Good luck!
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In the UK for the last two years of high school you are basically made to specialise in 3-4 subjects...I chose Biology, Business Studies and Computer Science.

To have been able to study Medicine I would have had to do Chemistry, Biology as well as two other subjects.
Wow. I knew it was different than here, but I didn't realize it was THAT different. That's the total opposite of my schooling. To get into the college/uni I wanted, I had to do four full years of a huge range of subjects: math (pre-alg, geometry, alg, and pre-calc), science (physical science, biology, chem, and physics), language (German), and English/lit (speech, advanced composition, senior lit, american lit, etc). On top of that, the high school required four full years of religion, no matter what you were interested in. There was only one or two class hours in the day left to pick other classes. It was annoying. Then the first two years of college/uni we had to take "core" courses which are various required courses in every possibly field of study (religion, poli sci, science, math, art, communications, sociology, etc). Once you're done with those, you can finally declare your major and focus on your degree. It's interesting that they make you pick at such a young age.

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I just need to find a way that works for everyone.


Yeah, I think that sums it up right there. It sounds like you want to be a dr. and are smart enough.
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^I much prefer the American system...it leaves you with much more choice.

Here you more or less have to select what uni course you want to do when your 16....I didn't like that
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^ i didn't know it was that way in UK. do you really have to drop out and start over? can't you just stay at your uni and start taking the classes you need to take?

also, i'd recommend that you try to find a volunteer position at a hospital, or even an internship at a doctor's office or medical place. that will expose you to the kind of work you will be doing if you do become a doctor, and then you can decide if it's really for you. as an intern or a volunteer, they will let you do some duties that doctors do, and you will also get to witness and experience first hand what it's like to be a doctor without actually being a doctor.
i did that two years ago during one summer. i worked in the pediatrics departmeny of a hospital, and i loved it. that's what i want to do with my future for sure. but my friend, he also worked in the pediactrics cuz he thought he wanted to be a pediatrician too. but he didn't like it, and it didn't turn out to be what he expected it to be. he is going to college and he is going to be a business major now. so, thank goodness he did the internship and figured out what he wanted to do early, otherwise, he would have wasted alllll that time and effort in school to become a pediatrician, and never realized that business was for him.

hope that helped a little!
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^ thankies...I shall take on your suggestion, I need a job over the summer anyway.

You can change course at uni, but it isn't a matter of changing classes...uni courses here have a very set course, there is very little choice in what you study. I am doing Psychology at the moment, so everything I do has to be Psychology except in the first year where you get to choose one other non-related subject...everything after first year is pure psychology...you can't chop and change.

If I wanted to change course say back in January, I would have had to drop out of the course and then start first year again the following new school year. It is not so easy a thing to change your mind about what course your doing here.

But thanks again for the advice!

I just informed one of my friends, she was very understanding so that is one load off my back at the moment...i'm seeing my tutor about maybe doing the Pre-Medicine course tomorrow and then informing my parents tomorrow night.

At least I am getting the ball rolling now.
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Minor update, parents know now as well...my mum was very cool with it...which is a relief. Unplanned informing my parents though, my mum just phoned to check up on me today... she got a lot more than she bargained for
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