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My fellow devs, appreciate what you have right now, even if it doesn't seem that great. I've recently switched majors from Bioinformatics to Medicine and I wouldn't say I regret it, but I do certainly doubt this decision sometimes. While studying Bioinformatics, I was always really interested in the biological part, often wanting to learn more about medical topics and such, thinking if I did switch, I could always keep programming as a hobby. Now I did switch and I miss being in a professional CS field so much. Medicine is great, but the people who study are mentally completely different from people that code. I still code small projects on the side, but don't really have anyone to talk to about them and I'm even starting to regret not paying more attention in linear algebra. I miss linear algebra, think about how ridiculous that is haha. Anyways, if you are looking forward to a major change in your life, it might not be all that you think it will be. So look at your current situation, it might be what you wanted all along.
Thanks for listening.
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Also it is incredible, how technologically incompetent most medical students are lol

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    doooodd >_< i wanted to get into virology and bioinformatics. all my teachers (for the short time i was in college) were hype bc no one knows shit about computers in bio fields!

    the grass is always greener part =/ on the cusp of a job switch and wondering if i wana or not. things do change more than you think with something new

    as for them being diff mentally, i'm in IT and can't talk to anyone about what i nerd out on lol. it's just a job for most ppl.
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    @zlice Get into it, if you have the chance to! It's an amazing field, albeit very young, which is why a lot of people don't know much about it! And yeah often you just crave a change, even if it isn't for the better...
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    @elif if i can get financial freedom, ill prolly take a break and start looking into that out of bordem

    pisses me off that it's 2018 and we don't have any good DNA readers/writers. minION is finally out i think, but i thought it'd be diff idk.

    alsoooo, on the ppl not knowing computers part - i'm always bewildered by DNA encoding schemes D= made a couple revisions with high compression and randomness but reddit suks and idk anyone in the field who'd have any input

    what stuffz u mess w/?
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    @zlice Dude, the disconnect between the natural science field and the CS field is unreal. I think this is due to most people starting of in one field and then discovering the other, not studying both from the beginning. Also a lot of the tools like most of NCBI are very clunky and hard to use, especially for new people migrating from other fields. Also what is up with FASTA? I hate parsing the header with ">" and pipes, just why? I worked at a web agency doing both front- and backend things and it amazed me how old-school biotechnology felt in comparison, albeit such a young field.
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    @elif hah ya FASTA is a great example of someone doing 1 and coming to the other. had to have been made that way.

    that reminds me...have you touched R ? i took a look originally and went "nope, that's just a redone version of python, why did you do that?"
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    @zlice I've had some assignments that wanted us to use R, once you get used to it, it can actually be kinda useful haha; but nothing you can't do in python
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