I received the following email from an undergraduate student in biochemistry who is currently enrolled as a senior in a university in the United States.
This student wrote to me yesterday to see whether I might be able to offer some advice, as they've come to think that grad school might not be the best option for them after all.
Unfortunately, since I haven't taken a "hard" science course since my freshman year in undergrad and my only two friends who come from the biosciences are currently enrolled in graduate programs, I don't think that I can be much personal help for this student. So I thought I would pass their question along to you, dear readers, to see if anyone has any advice.
If you can offer any advice for this student, please leave a comment below! I allow anonymous commenting and don't review/approve comments before they're posted, so advise away!
The student writes:
I’m an undergraduate biochemistry senior. Lately I have become sort of
disinterested (sort of disillusioned) about graduate school in the
sciences and pursuing a science career. From my undergraduate research
experience this summer to interacting with professors, I don’t feel like
I could handle the lifestyle nor would I want to. I don’t know what
options there are though. Biochemistry isn’t really extendable to other
careers, and I’m not even sure where to begin. Most of my professors
advocate for graduate school too. What would you say to someone in my
position? Thanks for any help!
So what do you say, dear readers? Can anyone offer any advice to an undergrad who really needs it?