I'm a freshman in college (18) and I'm currently in a direct entry 4 year BSN program. Since last semester, I've been considering switching to a another science major and pursuing the pre-med track, but I just can't make up my mind because so many factors are going into my decision.
To sum things up:
-I took the "nursing specific" bio & chem last semester and realized how much I actually enjoy science, I'm taking A&P I as well as the gen bio for science majors this semester and I also love it. I got an A in bio, B+ and chem and am pretty sure I have As in anatomy & bio right now. My gpa from last semester is a 3.83
- I knew (or thought I knew) since high school that I wanted to eventually go back to school and be an NP, but I hadn't even considered med school until last semester. If I know I want to be a primary care / community health provider right now, should I change my major and give med school a shot?
- I really want to be able to take upper level science courses out of sheer curiosity & desire to learn. I got accepted to a summer research internship but was told that nursing on its own doesnt really allow for basic science resesrch long term.
-Although I'm interested in science ^ I know I won't be happy unless I get to help & take care of patients directly. I love working w/ people too much. One thing keeping me from committing to pre med is having to wait so long for patient contact. If I end up switching I'd still want to get a CNA so I can get that experience quicker.
- Med school is just SUCH a financial and personal risk for me. I don't want to potentially be rejected and then have to either reapply or find other options. I also feel guilty for missing out on family time & putting off having any real money saved up despite my mom being fully supportive regardless of what I do. (Shes a single mom and I'm an only child)
I'm just very conflicted & confused & doubting my choices
I'll definitely shadow different professions hopefully this semester to really understand the roles & responsibilities but if anyone has any general advice for me I would really really appreciate it.