Is biology for me?

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Is biology for me?

Post by biology_06er » Sat Nov 15, 2008 2:06 am

Hi there,

Sooo I've just had my last exam of my undergrad (hopefully I passed everthing)... but am now confused as to what the next step is...Since first year I've been only getting in the B's and C range (with 1 fail and prob one for this semester but lets not think the worst :P ) but as much as I am interested in what I am studying (biomedical science-with a interest in neurobiology/reproductive science) I am thinking is this the way to go...B's and C's and studying so hard and not getting anything good...soo my question is going onto posgrad requires one to belong to someones lab and I highly doubt anyone would want me in their lab right when you have so many other students doing well?..So I'm just wondering what is your opinion is biology a good area to get into if you aren't doing well...I can do one year of PostGradDip which bascially consists of theory which leads onto Masters but thats when it will be even harder in terms of finding a lab that will accept me :(...theres no point doing another year for the sake of it if its never gonna lead anywhere so any ideas on this? Do you know of any people who get really average marks and go onto do well?

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Post by mith » Sat Nov 15, 2008 3:10 am

You should talk to a professor about this in office hours.
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Post by ailslia » Sat Nov 15, 2008 2:47 pm

I know some of students, who have a number of failing marks and below average GPA and somewhat manage to land on better jobs than straight A students, because of their theses and researches.

I don't know if this one is applicable to science majors. But I know another alumni from our university (but she was an accounting student), who almost got kick out during her undergraduate years due to accumulated failures. But change her ways in graduate. She graduated magna cumlaude and got a 90%+ her accounting board exam score. She is now a well paid manager at a multinational company.

With your situation right now, it would be difficult to determine if biology is really for you. You still have alot of of time to prove yourself in your field or change your career, if you feel it is a dead end.

But like mith said, you better talk to one of your professors. I am from the Philippines. So the employment situation there is far different from ours.

Anyways, good luck! :)
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Post by MrMistery » Sat Nov 15, 2008 10:13 pm

When applying for a research-oriented grad school, research is more important than your grades (what GPA are we talking? There's a difference between a B and a C)
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Re: Is biology for me?

Post by MichaelXY » Sat Nov 15, 2008 11:58 pm

GPA's are like owning a brand new car. When you first get the car you protect it like a child, but after the first door ding it just does not matter so much.

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Re: Is biology for me?

Post by biology_06er » Sun Nov 16, 2008 5:32 am

Hey guys,

Thanks for the replies..well atm by GPA is 4.5 (though GPA systems are diff. throughout the world) but in NZ 9 I think is the highest..got a few months till uni starts up again but basically why I worry is that there is so many people out there that get good grades that not only will it be hard to try and be part of a lab but also to try and find a job should I choose to get some experience (lab) before going back to uni..arrrrg!!...

Anyways..will keep thinking and once marks come out will indeed go talk to some1 at uni bout it..

cheers,
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Re: Is biology for me?

Post by Darwin420 » Wed Nov 26, 2008 12:01 am

Well B and C's aren't too bad, this is university things are different than in high school. If you love bio, than do it!!

Just because you are getting B's and C's doesn't mean you shouldn't pursue it. I know many people that get A's in school but when you try to have a convo with them about an issue they really don't know what they are talking about.

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Post by mcar » Sat Nov 29, 2008 11:48 am

As long as you are interested with it, you can always excel!
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Post by tedfred » Wed Dec 03, 2008 3:56 am

i'm not sure if it is for you...but i can promise you it aint for me.

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