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Which of these options is best?
After anxiously waiting for all of my college decisions to come out, I narrowed it to three colleges. San Jose State University (Mechanical Engineering), UC Riverside (Chemical Engineering), and UC Santa Barbara (Undeclared -> Physics B.S). UCSB (3-4 hours from home) is the college that was my top choice when I first started applying colleges, when I got in I was extremely happy, but then I noticed that I didn't get into the Engineering department which was sort of a big deal to me because my end goal is to have a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After contacting UCSB, they told me they were unable to offer me a wait list for the College of Engineering, so my last choice was to choose a major in the College of Letters and Science, where I am choosing Physics as it it closest related to Mechanical Engineering. UCR (30 mins-45 mins from home) was a little different, they accepted me for Chemical Engineering, I was happy that I got into the Engineering department, but I truly know that deep inside, that Chemical Engineering isn't something that I really want to do for the next 4-5 years. Finally, SJSU accepted me for my major of Mechanical Engineering and the college is in the heart of Silicon Valley which is basically internship galore. But, the college is way too far from home (8 hours) and I heard that living in that area can be very expensive. Putting tuition costs aside, how hard is it really to get a job as a MechE with a Physics degree? Or should I consider my other two options? Does the prestige of UCSB vs a Cal State really matter when it comes to attending and seeking a job after? What Should I Do?1 replies
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