Do you ever think about majoring in something radically different than engineering?

<p>To me, engineering is a lot of work, a lot of tedious math, and not a lot of fun. I joined engineering because I'm good at math, and I like science. But I think I'm beginning to realize that I really hate math, even though I'm good at it...</p>

<p>I hear very good things about marine biology. I hear you get to scuba dive and see exotic marine species and stuff.</p>

<p>I also thought about pursuing premed, as oppose to engineering, because I'm liking my o-chem class much better than my engineering class right now.</p>

<p>I thought about joining the military and become a medic or something.</p>

<p>I also thought about joining the Peace Corp just because it sounds like somewhere I can make a difference and help people, even though I have no idea what qualifications I need.</p>

<p>...
Do you ever think about doing something else that's radically different than enginering?</p>

<p>I'm not even in college yet, but I agree with you.</p>

<p>Nope, not at all. =)</p>

<p>no</p>

<p>chem was my favorite class too my first semester...aside from math/phsyics the rest were dumb classes like Eng 160-170, Econ, English, LAS reqs</p>

<p>then things got 'real' sophomore year (solid mechanics sequence, thermo, statistics, Mat E) </p>

<p>Junior/Senior is epic (Heat and Mass Transfer, Fluid Flow, Nuclear radiation, Biofuels)</p>

<p>Your situation sounds very similar to my girlfriend's. All I can say is this... think really long and hard about what it is that you want in life. Do you want to be an engineer? Do you want to study engineering? If someone were to tell you when you were old that their happiest memories were from college and that they valued their education more than anything else, would you look back on your time fondly or filled with regret?</p>

<p>Don't worry about the money. There will be plenty of time for that later. All you can do is to try to look into your heart of hearts and do the right thing.</p>

<p>Not until after I graduated with my BS. </p>

<p>I've been an engineer for 10 years, and I really enjoy the work. I like the solving complex problems and being accountable for the results of my work. I dislike management and how people, in general, are treated by companies. That is why I got my MBA. I still do the engineering work, but I am looking at starting my own thing. I debated attempting to climb the corporate ladder at some company and work the change from inside, but that just seems too daunting. If I created my own company then I wouldn't need to instigate change I could just do it right from the get go.</p>

<p>I wouldn't be where I am without making the mistake I have made, so there are no regrets. However, I wish I understood people more, was able to negotiate better, and knew how to "work" the political atmosphere of corporate america.</p>

<p>One major will not teach you everything you will need to know to be successful. I would suggest people do what they can to get the most out of their education. What "most" means is unique to the individual and to what they want (i.e. learn something new or strengthen their strengths).</p>

<p>Cyclone, I heard from a chemical engineering senior that the stuff from junior/senior years are the worst. Stuff like thermo, heat transfer... the chemistry and science essentially end at organic chem. After that, it's all heat transfer. I take it that you disagree? What do you like about all that stuff?</p>

<p>Heat transfer IS a science, for one, and for two, it all depends on your perspective. cyclone10 is a mechanical engineer (if I remember correctly) so I doubt he cares much about organic chemistry.</p>

<p>Sometimes I think about majoring in just math or physics to latter become a college professor. But with the way things are going, I think it would be safer to major in engineering than go to grad school. In grad school I might continue engineering or go on to physics.</p>

<p>"In grad school I might continue engineering or go on to physics."
- You will need to be very careful about doing this... depending on what courses you have taken. Ditto for the other way.</p>

<p>I considered art or design for a bit. I really like to draw and I'm pretty decent, especially little cartoons
<a href="http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2010/069/1/1/half_elf_half_dragon_by_GreenAvocadoGirl.jpg%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2010/069/1/1/half_elf_half_dragon_by_GreenAvocadoGirl.jpg&lt;/a>
eh</p>

<p>I just don't have enough focus for it. Like, I draw when bored it's not a passion. I tried being serious about it and failed when I was looking for inspiration rather than just randomly getting it in class at a joke and drawing it out. It's not something I'd be able to even try making into a job and I really like math and physics. Like, it's the only homework I care to do for the most part and I'm excited about it usually. I like to learn new equations and solve problems and get things right. Also I built this sweeeet robot that we kicked major sumo-ro-butt in (named Crazy Mother 4000): YouTube</a> - robo_0001.wmv
our team name was "Future" being chanted in the beginning. </p>

<p>Anyway, that was so much fun and sealed it for me.</p>

<p>I always think I should have majored in International relations. But ever since I was little I have always wanted to become a scientist or engineer. I have always been really bad at mathematics so as an engineering major I have to work much harder in
to get worse grades then them. It can be depressing sometimes but I just keep the dream in
mind of becoming good at math.</p>

<p>I am actually have a natural talent for classes like philosophy, history, political science and other liberal arts classes but I want to become an engineer. too bad!</p>

<p>^I like your attitude. We need more people like that in this country.</p>