College STEM majors opting out for other degrees

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When 19-year-old Lesley Wright entered her freshman year at the University of Florida -- Gainesville, she dreamed of being a pediatrician.

But she quickly realized she faced an uphill battle.

"Everyone already had volunteer positions at the local hospital by the time I got to UF, so there weren't any even left when I applied," Wright says. "Chemistry 1 is also a weed-out class, meaning it's extra difficult and meant to determine who is cut out for the pre-med life. I failed first semester."

Wright eventually dropped her health-science major in favor of a degree in public relations.

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