Hello. I am currently reconsidering my career and need guidance. My original dream was to become a surgeon but I decided to go the nursing route because of my financial situation and I want to have a steady job after four years. Don't get me wrong. I absolutely love nursing because I adore helping people out and working in the health care profession. I have been volunteering at a major hospital for about four years and have worked closely with the nurses so I understand what the job entails. I am currently a 19-year-old sophomore pre-nursing student and will be applying to nursing school in the fall. I have a really high GPA and am in/run many organizations at my school. Throughout my pre-nursing journey, my friends have constantly told me that they see me more as a doctor/surgeon or at least a Nurse Practitioner where I am giving orders and not receiving them, while my teachers have stated that they see me going into research. If I choose the nursing route, I want to become a Nurse Practitioner and an Infection Control Nurse/Infectious Disease Nurse because I am absolutely obsessed with diseases! While I have taken my pre-requisite science courses, my A&P II teacher told me that she sees me interning for the CDC while my A&P I lab TA thought I was pre-med with the way I tackled the material. Right now I am taking microbiology in the summer and am doing better than I expected. Both my lab coordinator and professor exclaimed that I am passionate in microbiology and that they see me more as a microbiologist. (Yes, I do talk with them a lot about the current diseases and outbreaks that are occurring throughout the world.) My lab TA and another TA that I talk with during open lab said that I should be a microbiologist and join the research field, especially since I am doing great in the class. The micro class that I am taking is known to be the hardest pre-requisite class at my school. I just don't know what I want to do now, especially since all of my teachers and friends keep steering me toward the pre-med/micro route. One of my teachers told me that I should get my nursing degree so that I have a steady job and then finish up the pre-requisite classes for med school. She said that it would be good getting a steady income because I will have to take out many loans for med school. It would be great to be an infection control nurse/infectious disease nurse because I will be able to do what I am passionate about but I don't know if I will really be able to do research. If anyone could give me guidance or their opinion, that would be highly appreciated. I just want to hear what others say. Thank you in advance. Also, sorry for any grammar/spelling errors/sentence structures. It is 1:21 AM.