<p>I am a high school junior who is very interested in math. I am currently in the highest math class that my school offers. I plan to have a career in mathematics (actuary, maybe?) and I need to study math in college. A degree in mathematics is probably what I am interested in, rather than one in actuarial science, because a math degree seems more flexible. Also, actuaries are not hired because of their degrees, they are hired because they have passed several tests. Possibly, going to a school that has an actuarial science degree available would be beneficial to me.</p>
<p>I also am a musician. I have played the flute for many years. Music is a very important part of my life. I would like to get a degree in music in addition to math, and I don't even know if that is possible. I would most likely stay away from a major in music education and possibly aim towards a performance major? Again, I don't know if this is possible. I want to hear suggestions about where I could go to school, if this is even a possibility. What I don't want to hear is that I should consider just going for math and participating in music on the side. This is not the same. </p>
<p>I figure that about here is where I should tell you that I don't really understand the difference between double major and double degree, other than the fact that the former is one piece of paper and the latter is two. What is the difference in cost? How about time/work?</p>
<p>Some information that may be helpful:</p>
<p>-My GPA is a 4.0.
-I am currently in two AP classes. (AP Calc, and AP Chem)
-I have participated in my area's solo/ensemble competition twice (I plan to again) and have scored fairly well.
-I belong to a local youth symphony.
-I am the section leader of two school large music ensembles.
-I have been taking private flute and piano lessons for several years.
-I don't mind spending 5 years to reach my goal.</p>
<p>Schools I am considering ("reach" schools):
Tufts + NEC
<p>Oberlin sounds nice, but it is a liberal arts school. I don't really know exactly what that means, but I might consider it more seriously if someone could explain it to me or make a case for Oberlin. </p>
<p>I'm looking for schools that are less "reach" and more "match", but I listed my reach list so that readers could comment on it and improve it. Central Washington University is my "safety" school. It accepts about 80% of it applicants, so I think I will be fine there.</p>
<p>Thank you for taking the time to hear what I have to say! Please comment with advice if you feel so inclined!</p>