Biomedical–is it for you?

By: Preety Kaur- The Brock Press

biomedUniversity can be extremely intimidating on its own but when you combine it with a major like Biomedical, it can become even more daunting. Just the root ‘medical’ is enough to make you want to run the other way. However, since entering the program I’ve begun to realize that it is the perfect opportunity to expand and learn.  If you’re passionate about science, this program allows you to grow into the person you want to be even though you may not know who you want to be just yet. Personally, I chose biomedical on the basis that it would give me time to figure out what I want to specialize in. Also, after speaking with other peers, I’ve realized most people choose biomed for that reason. It can be scary being a teenager and having to decide what you want for your future. Especially, when you know things change all the time. Biomed gives you that space and time, for you to make that important life decision.

There’s also the aspiring doctor, to whom I say ‘amen’ because I could never do that. The idea that only future doctors choose biomed is completely false. The proof here, being me. You don’t have to want to be a doctor in order to choose biomedical. It is a program that provides a vast number of opportunities after completing undergrad. Of course, there is always the option of doing post graduate studies. Biomedical is the perfect basis for whatever you choose, because it gives you the skills and knowledge that you can use towards post grad.

Even if the course load may look a bit heavy, you’re informed at the beginning of the year what is expected of you as a student. At the end of the day, this isn’t high school anymore and your studies are going to become a bit more difficult. But by taking initiative in completing the tasks given to you helps you become a more mature student.  Therefore, it all depends on the student themselves. Biomedical isn’t a difficult program, if you enjoy what you’re doing and don’t mind doing a bit of hard work.

At the end of the day biomed is just one of the many great programs Brock provides. As a student you should choose what you’re most passionate about and not what someone else, for example, your parents want.

University is the time where you are allowed to make mistakes, because you have that freedom and opportunity to restart if need be.  Therefore, you shouldn’t stress if you don’t know the exact career you would like to have because there are thousands of other students in the same spot as you.

By choosing biomedical, you’re not constricted to one specific job and the program allows you to make decisions and then change them however you like. I believe, for a university student who doesn’t know too much on what they want to become, a program like this is extremely beneficial.

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