So, I read this thread: http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/engineering-majors/1645998-do-not-major-in-engineering.html
Of course, this thread wasn't the cause of my doubts. Actually, I found it as a result of my doubts. For weeks, I've been looking up things such as "should I be an Engineer," "the life of an engineer," "how hard is engineering," "engineer that sucks at physics," etc.
I only recently decided to major in Engineering (when I did my college applications I had to decide) because I love creativity and the idea of being able to make things/ know how things work.
I was more and more sure about my major choice until I took a look at the curriculum and realized.....wait a second, I absolutely suck at physics.
I've taken two years of high school physics (pre-AP and year long AP Physics C course), and I STILL don't understand basic problems such as pulleys/pushing a box up incline, etc. For instance, from an AP practice test our teacher gave us, I only knew how to do 2-4 of the 35 questions (without help).
Why is it so difficult for me? Well, I'm not very good at "visualizing" the problems or with conceptual thinking. When I look at a problem, I almost never know where to begin or even what formulas to use (or even what formulas there are to use).
So, now I'm extremely conflicted because....to be a Mechanical Engineer, I must understand the fundamentals of Mechanics and what not.....which I clearly don't.
How the heck am I going to get through a college Physics class (or any Engineering class for that matter) if I can't even do/understand a simple AP Physics problem?
I looked at the typical schedule for MEs ( http://www.engr.utexas.edu/attachments/ME2014-2016_SAC.pdf
) and all semesters are full of these "conceptual" classes, which makes me think...well, wait a minute, what am I about to put myself through?
Maybe it's true what the person from the thread above says....why work 10x as hard as all the other kids on campus for a lower gpa (except of course if you're naturally gifted at math/physics stuff)?
What other majors require creativity? Market & Advertising maybe??
P.S. My dream job would be a 'busy' but relaxing one....the kind where you work in a big, busy building and are usually moving around, office to office.....but are 'relaxed' in the sense that you feel in control of your situation/work. This probably doesn't make sense, but it's just the vision I have of an ideal job. You know, going to work in my professional wear, with my suitcase or whatever, and having meetings and constantly going from place to place or office to office and actively engaging with colleagues, etc.
I don't know.
Any advice from past MEs?
I guess I'm just scared of jumping into something that I'm not naturally gifted in (at all), and therefore having to work extremely hard all the time.....and missing out on having a social life.....
Basically I don't want to repeat my high school experience (I studied pretty much ALL the time for four years...most high school memories I have are about me stressing/studying for classes/AP tests). I ended up being Valedictorian, but I would never want to go through the experience again. I want to feel relaxed, overall, with only very little pressure/stress. (I will work hard, of course, but I would prefer a major that wouldn't require all my time and energy...if that makes any sense).