Brief Related Info:
- Just graduated high school last week
- Attending the University of Texas at Austin this fall for undergraduate in engineering
- Applied as an Electrical Engineer
Ok, so it might not necessarily be the million dollar question, but I understand that this is a question that MANY prospective engineering students encounter. First off, I'd like to state that I am not new to this question, by any means. I've wanted to pursue an engineering degree since about 9th grade. Ever since then, I've been intensively researching all the different engineering fields, what they entail, what they deal with, what kind of work is involved, etc. Also, I have talked to several engineers (Electrical, Civil, Petroleum). I have been so obsessed with the prospect of being an engineer and deciding on a discipline that I've spent some amount of time EVERY single day since my freshman year doing such research.
Despite all of this, I am still unsure of which engineering major to pursue. One day/week/month, I'll settle on something and almost feel at peace about it, but then something will change my mind. Most of the time, the thing that changes my mind the most is the creative ideas I come up with. I wanted to become an engineer because I'll see something or walk into a restaurant, building, business, environment, or group of people and think of some thing, device, vehicle, or software application that will improve the given situation or provide an entirely new model solution. Because of this, I KNOW that I want to be an engineer, but my problem is that every other idea I come up seems to be WAY too INTERDISCIPLINARY
. I feel like I have to major in EE, ME, CS, and AeroE to successfully make the things I dream of.
If I can narrow down any of the interests I have into a few segments, I'd have to say that my biggest interests have always been computers
(mostly consisting of, but not limited to, software applications), planes/spacecraft/aerospace industry
, and robots
. - Computers:
I took several programming courses at a local technical college while in high school and love programming, because come up with so many ideas for iPhone/Android apps and PC apps that both provide fun and improve businesses and communication abilities. - Planes/Spacecraft/Aerospace Industry:
I started launching model rockets with my dad when I was 5, I've had several RC Helicopters, I LOVE flying (I never get more excited than when I'm in an airport), I've even flown and landed a plane myself one time (with another pilot of course) after a bit of training. And... I've had this vision of flying cars since I was about 8 or 9 years old. Also, I took AutoCAD courses in high school and thought that it was just awesome. - Robotics (this really ties in with the other two):
I just love the prospects of the future of bionics, vehicles that fly/drive themselves (including cars, flying cars, and aircraft in general), UAV's, drones, and such.
I understand that many of these things really require TEAMS of engineers, and not just one, to be created. However, even so, I can't decide which aspect I want to work on.
Plus, one day I'll dream about working at NASA
and the next day I think it might be cool to work for Apple
. I love to program
, but I also think AutoCAD
is amazing. I can sit and design an object or think about the mechanical aspects of it, but then I start thinking of awesome ways to automate it or give it a screen with a GUI and an advanced AI brain. Computers seems to be where it all is, but I also like the idea of understanding physics, materials, and mechanics that can be made more powerful BY computers. I seem to like the prospects it ALL
. It's actually stressful, simply because I have so many ideas, and I feel like if I choose the wrong degree that I'm going to be stuck with one field. ...which I know is narrow-mindedness, but I still get to thinking that in the back of my head.
I'd also like to point out that I don't plan on staying in a completely technical position for the rest of my life. Because of my big ideas and ambitions, (after some years) I want to eventually move out of a highly technical position (as an engineer) and move into a management position, beginning to move up and also start my own business to which I can guide more accordingly to my own visions.
Maybe interdisciplinary fields like AeroE would be better for me?
Should I consider double majors (ME/EE, CE/AeroE, CS/AeroE, CS/ME, EE/CS, CS/CE, etc.)?
Will this troubling indecision subside as I start to take intro courses?