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So What Are Going To Do With Your Biology Degree?

October 6, 2006

Now that I am a junior, I think more people ask me about what I want to do with my life.  It starts off usually with

Me: “I’m majoring in Bio”

Them: “Oh, are you pre-med?”

Me: “No.  I don’t want to be a doctor”

Them: “So then research?”

Me: “Well, I’m not really interested in straight up research, although I might do grad school”\

Them: “What do you want to do then?”

Me: “Well, I want to save the world.”

Them: “Haha, that’s cool….(what the hell is wrong with this kid?) … so what are you going to do after college?”

Me: “I don’t know.  I’m keeping my options open.”

I have a great deal of clarity about what I want to accomplish in my life.  But I am not clear to how I’m going to accomplish it.  Which means, I am open to a lot of different things.  Here’s my Life Goal, if you will.

To ensure the long-term survival and flourishing of humanity.

I want humanity to behave in a way that is going to work for the long run.  And I want people to not just surive, but thrive.  I want people to experience eudaimon, which is Greek for “Human Flourishing”.  That means I want people:

  • To be educated
  • To be out of poverty
  • To be able to improve their own lives
  • To care for one another
  • To think for themselves

I want to die knowing that I have put humanity on the path to acheiving these objectives.  I will spend live working towards these things.  I don’t know how I’m going to do it right now, but I know the dots will connect when I look back. This is basically what Steve Jobs said in at Stanford’s 2005 Graduation Speech.

So at this point, I’m much more sure about the next 50 years than the next 5.  Weird huh?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Yessifer permalink
    July 18, 2007 12:45 pm

    I am in the same boat it seems. I just graduated and was planing to go to Veterinary School, but now I don’t feel that is the right path for me. I want to do something meaningful.

  2. Enkhbat permalink
    November 1, 2008 5:53 am

    I am from Mongolia, a junior student at Mongolia International University that i am sure no one knows about abroad. I am majoring in Management and planning to pursue finance in masters. i do not like to seek a career like sitting in office of big company under someone bureacratic boss. I have a same opinion about my future it seems. I also dont know about how to succeed in my life. but i have a great deal of ideas of future . dont know how to reach. my passion is to help others.

  3. Jeanne permalink
    September 14, 2009 8:51 am

    What can a student do for a career or job in Mongolia with a degree from an American University in Biology?

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