Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) may have a way with words — remember when she used to journal back in Season 1 of The Vampire Diaries? — but it looks like she’ll be choosing a more useful major at Whitmore College. What factors are driving Elena to pursue a medical degree in Season 6? Read on to find out!


Believe it or not, Elena might actually have to start going to class when TVD resumes this fall — gasp! As evidenced by some recent castings (and perhaps the fact that Grey’s Anatomy is officially battling TVD in the Thursday 8 p.m. timeslot), our heroine will be opting for the pre-med track in hopes of following in her father’s footsteps.

“When we come back, we’ll see that Elena is actively pursuing a degree in pre-med,” boss Julie Plec dished to TVLine. “She’s a smart girl, and Elena’s father was a doctor, so she’s trying to figure out how to help people and save people, just as her family did.” Another reason for Elena’s decision: “We’ll meet some hot young pre-med guys and sexy doctors.” Where do we sign up?!

We have to admit that we’re a bit shocked to hear that Elena is going pre-med, but it makes total sense that she’s frantically searching for her purpose in life now that beau Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) is seemingly gone for good. We’re not sure what this means for Caroline Forbes (Candice Accola) and her studious future. We don’t see her joining Elena on the pre-med track, but hopefully our Barbie Vampire isn’t dunzo with school.

Are you shocked to hear that Elena is studying pre-med? Hit the comments and sound off!

The Vampire Diaries Season 6 premieres on October 2 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

Carson Blackwelder is an Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!