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Talented senior finds new career plan

Max Morrison was speeding along in one direction during his first three years at Binghamton.

The Long Island resident had a solid GPA in mechanical engineering and no worries about his career.

“I always wanted to do something to change the world,” he said. “As an engineer, you’re doing something to create innovations for the future.”

In fact, Morrison was such a confident student that he served as a tutor for math and physics courses. He even found time to participate in the club volleyball team, which practices late at night three times a week.

Then Morrison took a job as a paid research intern for about a year and got a taste of what his career might be like. “It was a great experience,” he said. “It made me start thinking about my future.”

All that thinking led Morrison to an important decision: He wants to be a doctor. He thinks it’ll be a better blend of science and working with people than he’d find as an engineer.

So,

instead of taking it easy in his final semester, this 21-year-old senior is taking 400-level chemistry and 100-level biology courses that he needs for medical school.

You can also still find him tutoring and working at the Discovery Program’s front desk.

“Everyone loves Max,” said Steve Duarte, learning specialist with the Discovery Program. “Not only is he someone who can point you in the right direction, he can do it with some humor.”

Morrison plans to take a year off and volunteer with an ambulance service or get a health-related job so he can be sure medicine is the right choice. He and his twin brother – a Binghamton graduate – are the youngest of six children, so he’ll be paying his own way through school.

In spite of this radical shift in plans, Morrison said he’ll leave Binghamton with no regrets. “Being independent and doing things on your own is really the biggest gift college can give you,” he said. “There’s a lot of growing up.”
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Last Updated: 10/14/08