I am an undergraduate student majoring in Chemistry, 2nd year, and I am frankly ready to tear my hair out as to what I am going to do with chemistry. I hope some of you can relieve my frustration and inform me as to what could suit my likes in industry or otherwise.
I am currently in 2nd semester Organic Chemistry, and I find actually learning the material to be a joy. I find synthesis to be enjoyable when I know what I'm doing.
Unfortunately, I can't really stand the lab. I'm quite clumsy, don't know what's going on, spill things, cause eruptions when distilling, etc. I frankly do not enjoy it
Also, I am doing research in Cytochrome P450 using Modeling software under my professor in collaboration with a larger university in collaboration with an enormous project. I really like figuring out chemical problems (though not system administration...yuck!) using the software...analyzing data, designing protocols, etc. It's something I could see myself doing; unfortunately, I don't particularly care for Calculus and Physics enough to want to spend my life doing such things, and I imagine that actually pursuing a doctorate in computational chemistry would basically entail physical chemistry, which would include a more than desirable amount of physics and calculus.
I also adore spectroscopy, at least the analysis part of it...
After a long-winded and undoubtedly confusing preface there, I suppose I could summarize it all by saying I'm an analyzer. I don't like to do the labs, but I like realizing what happens and asking questions and pursuing answers. Is there a field specifically where I could combine my love for organic and modeling without subjecting myself to too much wet-lab work?
Thank you for your consideration. I want to get a lot of opinions on this matter, since it is obviously very important to me. I'm sorry if I put this in the wrong place, and I can't wait to become active in this community! It should be a blast!
Chemistry for life!