Major Monday – Biology, Pre-Med track

Major Monday is back!  In our welcome back blog post, we hinted that we had a new idea for our regular feature.  This year we are looking to the LC faculty and staff and asking them some questions about their college majors.  Majors may be repeated, but you’ll see that every experience is different.  We hope you’ll get to know our staff members a bit better while learning about different disciplines.   If you have a question that you’d like us to ask in the future, please let us know in the comments section!

In our first Major Monday of the year, we asked Ms. Zaydon from the science department some questions about her college experience.

Boston College with Boston skyline1)  What was your college major and where did you go to college? I attended Boston College, and majored in biology (B.S) on the pre-medical track.

2)  Was this your original major?  If not, what was your original major and why did you switch? Biology was my declared major the whole time, from when I first submitted my application in high school to when I graduated college. I really dreaded taking Organic Chemistry, so there were times I strongly considered switching to an economics major, but in the end I never changed my major.

3)  What made you choose your major? I have loved science ever since I was in elementary school, and growing up I would visit my dad’s practice a lot. I got to witness surgical procedures and consultations when I was older, and, and nerdy as it was, I would often flip through his copy of Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine. I also grew up with a lot of devastating illnesses striking close to home, so I felt as though education was the best way to lead to understanding and healing.

4)  What were your favorite college classes? My all-time favorite class as an undergraduate actually had nothing to do with my major – it was Philosophy with Dr. Miles. My other favorite courses (a very close second and third) were Cell Biology of the Nervous System, with Dr. Williams, and Developmental Biology with Dr. Taghian.


5)  What advice do you have for students who are looking to study your major? For students looking to pursue the pre-medical track, I advise you to think very strongly about what you want the end product of your college experience to be. This is obviously very difficult to do as a senior in high school or a freshman in college, but you should get your gen. eds. (basic requirements of all students at the university) finished before declaring yourself as pre-med. At BC, you don’t even have to declare a major until the end of sophomore year! That’s plenty of time to pursue coursework in other subjects to get a feel for what you truly enjoy. Trust me, the workload of being pre-med is NOT worth the stress if you’re unsure of your goals, especially when you’re taking six or seven classes each semester while your friends are only taking four or five. That being said, if you know what you’ve signed yourself up for and are willing to do the work, being a pre-med student is incredibly rewarding. Although I didn’t end up applying to medical school (couldn’t really get behind the idea of another 8 years before a real paycheck), I am so grateful that I completed the pre-medical program under the guidance of some amazing professors.


Thank you, Ms. Zaydon, for being our first contributor!

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