Majoring in something you like vs What is easy

<p>I'm a Junior and am very behind in all the requirements for my major (because I declared it late after leaving an Architecture program) which I now have to cram into 2 years, with summer classes. This means taking 18 credits of classes each semester in a difficult science program. I admit I'm not like most CC users; I'm not that bright, I have horrendous time management skills, my soph year was a mess (in personal/academic/family life). I need to maintain good grades for my scholarship.</p>

<p>I talked to an advisor today who told me if I change my major to a program like History or English I could graduate 1 year early instead of struggling to be done in 4 years + summer classes! Those majors have very few requirements. If I picked History I'd only have 6 more classes for a BA. I've taken 7 classes overall in the History and English depts and got A's in all so I guess I would do fine if I switched to that. Problem is, I honestly dislike both these subjects. I like History more than English though, I think it's more interesting. I like reading and writing, and those are skills important in Humanities, right?</p>

<p>If I stay in science, I'll have a ridiculous courseload and a low GPA, which is stressful and will make it hard to get a job. My scholarship covers 4 years and I'm poor, or else I'd spend 5 years in college. I'll have to take summer classes instead of getting a job or internship over the summer. Oh, but I do like science a lot : ) If I change to history, I'll have a higher GPA and graduate 1 year early, saving a LOT of money and won't be in much debt.</p>

<p>It's possible that you could finish your bachelors in English or history with a strong GPA, work for a few years, and enter a postbac program in science if you're still interested in pursuing a science-related career.</p>

<p>Is it even possible to get a BA in History and go into a Masters or PhD science program? Those programs are very selective and look at GPA in Science classes + Research. You can't understand advanced science without knowing the basics, so then I'd have to spend years and years retaking basic science courses - in that case, I might as well get a BS in the science field to begin with! :]</p>

<p>Oh, I have no idea what I'll do career-wise. Never though about grad or professional school because I'm not too smart. Right now I just want a Bachelor's degree. Actually I hate college and don't want a Bachelor's at all, but my job options will be so limited otherwise, you know? I should realistically drop out and join a Dental Hygienist program like my stepmom encouraged me to do :/</p>

<p>springreen - decisions like these are super stressful, but don't freak out because you have a lot of options. You're actually in the perfect position to turn the corner, either corner.</p>

<p>Pick the degree program that makes you the most marketable for the type of job you think you want. It's ok to paint with a broad brush, very few people say "I want to be a XXXXXXX" and get it right.</p>

<p>If you think you want a job that is more analytical or requires critical thinking you want a science background. If you want a job more media or arts related, English and history are more your style. </p>

<p>In case you need help distinguishing the two:</p>

<p>Analytical people are in charge of making sense out of the chaos. They take large sets of information and turn it into something meaningful in order to make practical decisions. They find solving the puzzle interesting and they like validating their decision with real facts. A science degree proves you are capable of this type of thinking (regardless of the program btw).</p>

<p>Artistic people are in charge of creating something out of nothing. They can start with a blank canvas and build a masterpiece by seeing a layer us quantitative people can't. They have the ability to create the pieces AND turn them into something meaningful. This is more of an english/history background.</p>

<p>Thank you QKiain, that was really helpful! I'm freaking out a bit because I'm a Junior and everyone else knows what they're doing, or it seems like they do. Everyone has these fancy internships and jobs related to a career they want, and I don't have a real major. :(</p>

<p>well I took the Myers-Briggs test in college as well as high school (these are offered at the Career center) and they always tell me I'm logical/analytical and should look into a career like science or architecture. And I did go to architecture school briefly and did well, but I genuinely couldn't bring myself to like it - the reality of the architecture world isn't the ideal I imagined. I do like science a lot. I love my major, but the problem is finishing it in time. </p>

<p>On the other hand, I'm fluent in 4 languages, I love art, I like reading, etc, so I do have an artsy side. I think History is more interesting than English - for some reason I never liked English although I read a lot. </p>

<p>Btw, to clarify my title: I didn't mean History and English are automatically easy and everything else is hard. I meant they're the easier choice in this situation because I could finish it quickly and easily, with minimal loans and very few requirements.</p>

<p>Good luck. One other possibility if your school offers it is Construction Management/Building Sciences. It's a common Archie fallback and it qualifies you for a project management type career path.</p>