Jennifer Yeh '12 - Molecular Biology
Choosing my major was a process of figuring out what interested me the most. In my first two years, I considered chemical engineering and chemistry before finally signing into the molecular biology department at the end of sophomore year. Hours spent poring over the Undergraduate Announcement convinced me that molecular biology was the right department for me. The mere descriptions of the MOL departmentals and upper-level courses excited me; I found the course topics fascinating, and I could see myself spending the majority of my academic time on the subject. I have in fact enjoyed all of my mol bio courses and have found the department well organized and the professors very approachable. One of the benefits of a larger department is the wide range of research areas covered by faculty labs; majors not only have a guaranteed spot in a research lab should they desire to conduct research but also choose from a great number of research focuses. Although others’ opinions on the nature of a department may sometimes be helpful, ultimately the most important factor that will help you through any major is your own personal interest. I started out with an idea about what would be the “best” major and a plan to maximize benefits and minimize stress through my major choice, but in the end, the easiest and most enjoyable solution was to pick the subject that was personally the most compelling and captivating.