Pressure to DECLARE

<p>Besides the fact that people who declare in anthro at my school get sweet dept. bags <em>prof was totally not trying to persuade me</em> :P, I feel immense pressure from myself to declare. It's only my 1st semester, but I feel like one I declare I'll finally get that sense of closure. I'll get a new advisor in the dept. and I'll feel like I'll have more of a goal in mind - right now I feel like I'm just taking classes to take classes.</p>

<p>Thoughts? Btw we have until the 2nd semester of sophomore year to declare...</p>

<p>I was so sure of myself coming into college that I would major in physics. I was listed as a "physics major" at my college already starting out.</p>

<p>I changed my major to mathematics by the end of the semester.</p>

<p>Things can change. Funny enough, I am still a math major but am trying to get a minor in physics/astronomy.</p>

<p>You can always switch later on...</p>

<p>from what I heard, anthropology is great preparation for working at Wendy's straight out of undergrad. Most others choose to go further down the rabbit hole with expensive professional schools or grad school. You might want to think about this a little more than a free bag of candy.</p>

<p>the questions I asked myself:
what are you good at?
what do you want to do?
and/or
what do I suck at, and stay away from it.</p>

<p>Spec, you have zero idea what you're talking about. Fwiw, I know a LOT of anthro graduates and they are all employed in non-minimum wage jobs. Anthro degrees can prepare you for many, many jobs and I'm sick of people bashing it and non-stem majors in general.</p>

<p>Spec, that's an extremely narrow view. I'm sure they get better jobs (on average) than working at a fastfood restaurant. </p>

<p>Not everyone can be a STEM major. It is either not their cup of tea or what they're good at. That doesn't mean they will get a bad job. Also, if you're not loving what you're doing, what's the point? I didn't love something I was extremely good at in the humanities and decided to do a math/physics major because I LOVE the challenge, no matter how hard. I was originally doing pre-pharm and although that job may make a super high salary starting out, I dropped it like a sack of old potatoes. I'd rather work at 45K even starting as a physicist than 100K as a pharmacist.</p>

<p>Something I've noticed is that anthro, at least at my U, is very popular with active and former military. I'm in an anthro capstone class right now and half of the class falls into the non-traditional category of students. About 1/4 of them are military, so about 10 students. Most already have jobs lined up in fields ranging from corrections to agriculture to relief work to public health. Anyone who thinks it can only prepare you for Wendy's is grossly misinformed at best.</p>

<p>Sorry about the sarcasm, that was mean. My bad. And I'm sorry you think I look down at non-STEM majors. But if you would please oblige me and list the jobs your friends took straight out of college, whatever they may be. Because aside from archaeology and logistics, both of which require a lot of training/grad school, I have no idea what an antro major would be doing.</p>