Being a science major is both rewarding and completely exhausting. Whether you are going into research, chemistry, biology, the medical field. etc., losing sleep, your social life, and your sanity are some things that you are going to have to get used to. In the depth of all of this madness and after just finishing the test equivalent of running a marathon, I have come to the conclusion that the thoughts that go through the minds of science majors are probably about as absurd as the material we're studying.
1. You start diagnosing your friends and family.
Your friends are complaining about aches and pains or something that is bothering them, and you think "Oh! I learned about this in class! I bet you have...(insert random anatomical term)" They hate you for this, but sometimes applying the knowledge that you learned is the confidence booster that you need.
2. You assume that you should just become a doctor.
When some of the material finally makes sense, and after binge watching Grey's Anatomy, you come to the conclusion that you might as well go to medical school. Then you go to class the next day and reality drop kicks you in the face. You decide that you definitely do not want to go to school any longer than you already have to.
3. The tests eat away at your soul.
After studying for so many hours that you roam around campus with glazed eyes and complete oblivion to any outside stimuli, you have to take a soul eating, self-esteem destroying test.
4. The demoralizing test results.
When the tests are so hard that a 60% is basically considered a C and you are still above the class average. I don't know if that is extremely depressing or extremely rewarding.
5. Finally understanding something.
This is the reason why we chose science. Even though understanding the concept is short-lived, it makes the hours in class, the tutoring, the studying, and the mental breakdowns all worth it.
Sometimes we question why we didn't choose an easier major that didn't make us want to cry on the daily, but then we realize how much we have actually learned and the difference that we can make in the future. The best advice is to keep chugging along and working hard. Enjoy the learning process, even when nothing makes sense. Use failure as motivation to go the extra mile the next time. Just like all challenging situations, it will make us stronger in the long run. Soon enough, we will be the science geniuses that we've always dreamed of being.