I know that the title is very broad but I'm a rising senior in high school and I need to make decisions this coming fall and I have many, many questions.
I wanted to become an architect ever since I was young. At this point, everyone I know is telling me not to do it; not enough jobs, too demanding, stressful, underpaid, whatever. I started to consider other majors after researching and I found engineering to be interesting despite it lacking the creativity I liked in architecture. Though I would consider myself a good math student, I can't see myself doing calculations for all of my academics. This lead me to industrial design, which seemed like the perfect balance for a person like me who is technical yet very much creative. The program I'm looking at (NJIT) has a more technical industrial design program than typical art schools which is what I want. NJIT: School of Art and Design: Industrial Design Curriculum
. But coming from a family with well-respected degrees, I feel like I'd be a "disappointment" if I pursued a design-oriented career, not saying that I personally believe that it holds any lesser value, but they definitely do. Despite all of this, I still have a place in my heart that wants to do architecture.
Now for my questions...
Is architecture like what everyone says? I know it will be demanding. I know it requires lots of hours. But is it not rewarding as everyone seems to tell me?
Is it possible to do mechanical engineering with industrial design in college?
What kind of creative freedom do engineers generally hold in their work?
Any personal experiences with industrial designers? Their line of work, job opportunities, etc.
How can I tell my family about the industrial design option so that they can take it seriously?
Thanks so much, I will probably think of more questions later.