So What Are Going To Do With Your Biology Degree?

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?

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