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My friends, I find myself moving toward a career change. Since my early teens I've wanted to become a research scientist working on the problem of human aging. Money and social status were never the main motivators for me-- all I ever cared about was this goal. I sacrificed much for it.
Now at 25 I'm coming to grips with the fact that I've blown eight years in undergrad, with nothing to show for it but a mediocre GPA and a long string of failures wherever hands-on labwork was involved. I'm not giving up on my goal, but perhaps it's time to change my approach.
So, if not as a scientist, then how else do you think an individual can further the cause of researching a way to slow or reverse the aging process? What do you think the field of biological gerontology needs most from laymen sympathizers? Or, are there any alternative paths to serious research that don't depend heavily on school transcripts and recommendations from professors? If you were me, what would you do?
I am asking you because you are among the few groups of people whose opinions I respect, and I thank you if you choose to respond.
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