lordpenguin015 (lordpenguin015) wrote in scigradschool,



I'm looking all over the place for some guidance theese days. Here's my situation. I'm enrolled in a six year professional degree at Rice University, in architecture. I'm already in my fifth year, which means I've already graduated once with a BA in Archictecture, and I'm away on a one year internship thing (still part of enrollment) and in 2011 I'll graduate with a professional degree BArch.

However, I've been haivng second thoughts about this for a while, and it's jsut been excalating for the past two years up until now when I'm finally in the professional world and starting to realize that I can't stand architecture.. as a profession, as a study.. anything. It's just going to make me sad and poor for the rest of my life. I think I only stuck with it because I actually had some talent for it (made good grades, got good reviews, won prizes), and I couldn't bear to leave all my good friends I had made.

So, I've been considering to going the grad school for something else. I'm not exactly sure what yet, but if you had to force me to pick a field, I'd say something in neuroscience. I took psychology and neurolinguistics in college and I've started trying to familiarize myself with the field mroe by reading medical journals and magazines.. (I find it infinitely more interesting to read through something like scientific american mind, than I do any architecture magazine). The problem is, I definitely don't have any of the even most basic requirements to apply for grad science programs... I don't have a foundation at all (the most i ever took was calc 101 and phys 101 as far as science and math goes). The rest of my curriculum has been set in art and architectural theory and liberal arts type things..

Is it too late for me to switch? What should I do if I want to switch? Have any of you, or do you know anyone who's gone through a similar switch before? I definitely need to take as many of those prereq courses as possible, either during my last year at Rice or night classes/sumemr classses/post bach. But who would accept me as a grad candidate when there are people like you who have been working towards the right direction for four+ years already?

And I'm trying really hard to get fixated on this and not to be one of those people who wants to quit and start over once things are not going completely perfect. But I still want to realistically think about my options, and get started on the right track before it's too late. I know I'm probably asking for a lot more work, but last time I checked (before all the arsty fartsy classes took over) I think I was a pretty smart person and I work very hard towards my goals.

So, give me your advace. thanks!

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