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Why did you choose your major?

raincoatraincoat Posts: 264Registered User Junior Member
edited February 2010 in College Life
Well? Why did you choose your major?

I'm just wondering because I just got into a school of Engineering but I don't know if I want to be an engineer.

I hate calculus but it's a necessity. I would love to major in Physics but it's hard as hell.

Salary is of course a concern to me. I don't want to be making 30k out of college.

So, why did you choose your major?
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  • red963red963 Posts: 280Registered User Junior Member
    Salary is of course a concern to me. I don't want to be making 30k out of college.

    You should never base your choice of major on prospective salaries.
  • reillythemanreillytheman Posts: 391Registered User Member
    ^ let 'em major in whatever he wants for whatever reason.....

    im majoring in english and german because I

    1. want to teach english abroad for awhile. personally, i regard dirt higher than income. I plan to be poor by choice, and im rather excited about it

    2. want to work and live in germany and teach english (dream job). realistically, it probably wont happen, but ill give that dream h e l l and see what happens

    anyone else?????
  • Alix2012Alix2012 Posts: 1,246- Senior Member
    chemistry - I hated chem in hs and came to college undecided. Took chem freshmen year because I was considering a bio major, and decided I loved chem...idk, I liked using the fancy lab equipment, i liked smushing the tablets with my mortal and pestle, i liked accidentally making stuff explode...

    neural science - I was walking to econ one day when passed the neuro building; i realized in that moment that I realllly hated econ (my parents were urging me toward an econ/finance major since i was undecided and my college has a great finance program). I thought neurobio was fascinating so I walked in and declared my major on the spot... couple weeks later, I was dissecting brains :)

    also, both are "liberal arts" majors so I have lots of options career-wise (except fields which need a specific degree like engineering or arch). I can apply for the same jobs as most non-science majors and the ones they're not eligible for, too.
  • chuychuy Posts: 3,913Registered User Senior Member
    You should never base your choice of major on prospective salaries.

    Wait a month and then go around telling History majors that.
  • Arctic92Arctic92 Posts: 675Registered User Member
    Raincoat - plenty of easier professions make good money... I don't know why you chose engineering if you don't like Calculus OR Physics...
  • red963red963 Posts: 280Registered User Junior Member
    Wait a month and then go around telling History majors that.

    If you don't like you're major and don't have passion for it, you will not be happy. I would rather make $30,000 a year and be happy than make $100,000 in a field I have no passion for.
  • PlattsburghLoserPlattsburghLoser Posts: 5,487Registered User Senior Member
    - Mechanical Engineering
    I love everything about it. Perfect major, I couldn't think of anything else I'd want to do.

    - Computer Science
    I have a love/hate relationship with CS. I don't know why I chose it. It just seemed natural.
  • Student35Student35 Posts: 324Registered User Member
    HISTORY - Because I enjoy reading, researching, and writing. I love the thrill of investigating the past. Even local history. I love digging up stuff that nobody has bothered to ever look at for decades or centuries. Reading primary accounts and putting yourself in places of the past is humbling as well as satisfying. It's difficult to put into words.
  • SingDanceRunLifeSingDanceRunLife Posts: 1,787Registered User Senior Member
    1) I love helping people.
    2) I am intrigued by the medical field.
    3) Job security doesn't hurt.

    That's the very basic version. My application essays were much more specific.
  • TwistedxKissTwistedxKiss Posts: 2,535Registered User Senior Member
    I chose political science because it is a field that allows me to utilize my skills and play with my interests. Regardless of what job I have, as long as I am in that field I can do those things. That was important to me. I am pre-law because I want to be an advocate for others, and the legal process is interesting to me. Pretty simple.
  • icanreadicanread Posts: 508Registered User Member
    I chose econ because I'm not interested in anything academically (ok I'm intellectually interested in things but I hate the whole process of school y'know...) so I picked something I thought might be practical for the future that won't completely bust my balls (say engineering)
  • red963red963 Posts: 280Registered User Junior Member
    I chose econ because I'm not interested in anything academically (ok I'm intellectually interested in things but I hate the whole process of school y'know...) so I picked something I thought might be practical for the future that won't completely bust my balls (say engineering)

    Good luck with that. Economics isn't actually the easiest field to study.

    Picking a major just because you think it is going to be practical for the futue is not a good thing to do.
  • FutureCFOFutureCFO Posts: 125Registered User Junior Member
    Accounting/Finance
    -$$$, stable job
    -Prestige; I don't want to be average; I want to make something out of myself
    -Fits my interests, personality
    -Allows to meet a lot of ppl, something I enjoy doing
    -etc...
  • zeppelinpage4zeppelinpage4 Posts: 376Registered User Member
    Biology, liked it in tenth grade, loved it in 12th grade and i'm following along in college. Still open to switching majors if I find something that I fancy even more.
  • Manhattan75Manhattan75 Posts: 523- Member
    Meteorology.

    I saw Twister the other day. Decided I wanted to join the storm chase team at the school I end up attending. Hate math and physics so we'll see how this works out...

    Seriously though, I was never good at math or physics, but I have always been very interested about the weather and the atmosphere. I am that guy who stands out in the rain and then brings out the lawn chair and reads in the after-rain atmosphere and the smells of the grass and the distancing thunder... Perfect for me. I love seeing crazy things happen in the clouds.

    Ironically, I am a left brain person. Was in all regular science/math courses. I was in Honors English and AP History courses (History was my favorite HS subject) and I got 5's on both of my AP History exams (US & Gov/Pol). 800's on the SAT II Subject test for US and World. Applied to college as an intending history major so it would seem like I have my head on straight. Oh, will they be in for a surprise when I tell them I am going to do meteorology...

    I figure I can battle through the math and physics if the meteorology courses are interesting enough.
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