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Comment author: nongiga 24 July 2018 08:04:19PM *  8 points [-]

I was terrified of pursuing an EA career

For 3 years after joining EA I was still set on going to medical school. I knew I could do more but I was just terrified of switching. Even when I got an opportunity presented to me I was very torn between pursuing it or staying in my comfort zone. Now I'm having the best summer of my life in a biosecurity internship. I'm more motivated, I'm more productive, I'm going on more adventures, and I have a lot more and better connections than before.

EA was amazing in that having this network made it easier to go into an effective field than any other option I have, and for the first time in my life I'm doing something I'm passionate about.

So if any of you reading this and you're on the fence about a big career change, just know that it might be harder than your current plan, but it might also be easier!