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Should I transfer? nursing to engineering

412762412762 Registered User Posts: 21 New Member
edited October 2012 in Transfer Students
I am currently a freshman majoring in nursing. Although I know I would make a good nurse and wanted to work in the ER, I am starting to change my mind. I am not a people person and do not want to talk to people all day. I've been looking into engineering and am interested in Biomedical Engineering, but would probably major in electrical or civil engineering because biomedical engineering is fairly new and not many companies are looking to hire them. The reason I want to switch to engineering is because I love math and there are really no math courses in nursing. Also, I like figuring out how things work and I enjoyed physics in high school. I am debating whether I should change my major or not. If I do switch to engineering, I should transfer schools so that I am closer to home and not paying so much money. Also, I went to the school I am at now because they have such a good nursing program. Should I transfer closer to home in Chicago for sophomore year and study engineering? If I transfer, I will also probably be behind on courses.
Any input would be great!
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Replies to: Should I transfer? nursing to engineering

  • allyphoeallyphoe Registered User Posts: 1,886 Senior Member
    Can you take an engineering course, either in the spring or summer, before you decide? No point in jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire.
  • happymomof1happymomof1 Registered User Posts: 28,560 Senior Member
    If you are attending your current university specifically because of your original major, then you are correct. It makes no sense to stay there if your new major isn't offered. If you know the university you would like to attend instead, contact them TODAY and find out if they can admit you for the second semester. You may be able to start there in January.

    If you can't start that soon, do consider taking a leave of absence from your current college/university for the second semester while you complete all of your transfer applications. That way you won't be expending any more energy and money in courses that aren't meaningful for you. Some places may still consider you a freshman applicant if you have less than a full year of credits when you transfer. This can be more advantageous for financial aid. Also, if you have a decent community college near your home, finishing up the first two years of engineering there may be cheaper and more convenient. I know several young people who hated their first institution/major and who transferred to the local community college for the second semester of their freshman year of college. All of them have new majors, new lives, and are off to their 4-year institutions now.
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