I was undecided on my major for almost my first two years of college. I came in thinking that I might major in physics, because I'd liked it in high school; physics turned out to still be interesting, but to be pretty much all math. I don't have anything against math, but I don't enjoy it, so that was that. (Understanding the universe? Whatever.) Next, I went on to philosophy. Also interesting -- really interesting -- but I didn't see where I was going to go with that career-wise. The first major I actually declared was chemistry, and that was the same old story: interesting, but not quite the field for me. Around the end of my second year, I finally settled on biological sciences. I found life interesting to learn about (it can be ridiculously elegant), and figured that biology was the most practical field I could study in terms of applying my knowledge to something really important, like human health.
About a year before I graduated, I started thinking pretty hard about what exactly it was that I wanted to spend my future doing. I decided that I really didn't like the way that people start to break down and suffer once they reach an advanced age (say, 60-70), so I started to focus on the idea of overcoming diseases like Alzheimer’s.
For about the last three years, I’ve been working here in Silicon Valley for a biotech nonprofit that does age-related disease research. I started off as a lab technician, then moved out of the lab to run our student program. Most recently, I’ve been spending the majority of my time doing copywriting and editing.
That’s all been great, but I’ve recently found that I really enjoy programming. To that end, I’ll be moving up to San Francisco for a while in late 2013 to go to Dev Bootcamp. It’ll give me a chance to learn about programming pretty darn intensively, and should be a lot of fun.
When it comes to me as a person, I'm all for rationality and understanding the world (and myself). Intellectual stimulation can be great. I think it's important to be honest and open, and I'm totally behind the whole "do whatever you want as long as you don't harm others" concept.