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My dream is to be involved in space exploration (as well as discovery of space, which is why I also considered astronomy before discovering astronautical engineering), which was my childhood dream. I would absolutely love to be involved in any part of space exploration, especially as an astronaut (although it feels like a pipe dream at this point... :( ). So when I found out about astronautical engineer, I decided this was exactly what I wanted to do for a living. It's one of the better paying engineering fields (I know pay shouldn't be the sole factor, but it helps if you love your job), which only puts icing on the cake.
So I'm not sure what would be the best double major for me. So far, I'm hoping for political science as that double major since I really want to get involved in politics as well (along with a minor in either Philosophy if I go to UT Austin/Texas A&M or Japanese for the minor with schools that offer the language such as U Michigan), but I'm not sure if it will benefit me in the long run. Would it be better for me to stick with this and hope I can eventually get involved in politics or try to make political science a minor and double up my Astronautical Engineer with another Engineer class (Mechinical, Biomedical, Electrical???) (or even another major altogether.
As for schools, I'm considering the following once I can get all my prerequisite/recommendations classes out in my community college (they unfortunately don't offer ENGR 2332 or ENGR 1204/1304 though I'm not sure if the latter will be a concern since it's only for if the course emphasize computer aid design):
Are there other universities I should consider for astronautical program or any from this list to axe?
I'd say Stanford, since it's my dream school, but my 3.5 GPA in high school and weak math skills then probably kill any hopes of me getting in even if I do get the unlikely 4 GPA, 2300+ SAT score, 35 ACT, and 300+ volunteer hours and dedication towards engineering majors-related clubs. :(
Just want to see what people here think. I understand that astronautical engineer is highly restricitve, but it's still something I'm going to shoot for (but I'm willing to make a backup engineer a double major if plans fall through).