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I'm not an engineer, but I did get an Electrical Engineering Degree.

I personally found college much easier than high school, because I was only taking the type of courses I was good at. I have a terrible memory.... so I struggle with things like history, biology which require a lot of memorization. I sucked at writing essays... there was a little bit of that in engineering, but not that much. I had an aptitude for math/physics and found it much easier.

I'd say any engineering degree, or even physics or math degree for undergrad is awesome, to have a future in engineering.
You have a lot of cross-discipline work going on in the frontiers of science... As an engineer, you'll have to do a lot of self-learning anyway since technology is constantly changing. And you can always do something different in graduate work.

But if you want to work immediately after your bachelor's, you'd best get your degree in that field.

That physics/math/programming background gives a lot of flexibility between disciplines. There are many physics nobel prize winners that started out as engineers... you also have physicists working as engineers.

Engineers are the architects of the future... the greatest artists imo...

Most importantly... pursue what you're interested in... not what you think makes the most money... or what you think the most difficult degree is... or the easiest... or what is the most respected etc... If you find a field you're passionate about pursue that.
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Nope, I'm finishing off my degree in pure mathematics. Applied math is just way too boring to study extensively -- although Physics is alright. Funny though, all the engineering majors I know just bitch about how much work they have all the time. Strange that someone would do something they dislike doing so much -- for the money I guess?

Anyway, I'd recommend going into a field that you enjoy being in, and probably, if you don't enjoy it, you shouldn't be involved. Of course, I'm a mathematician, not an engineer, so I could be mistaken. Maybe I'm just pissed off at all the engineers that think that they are somehow better because they do a lot of work, when really, the few engineers I've met that aren't like this never talk about how hard it is, because -- it's not hard for them -- they enjoy it. They'll talk about the actual material rather than how hard it is, because they actually like the material. This is completely ignoring the fact, of course, that engineering really doesn't require any more than other fields. I think it's mainly that engineering pays so much that people think it's hard. If it payed less, then perhaps we'd have people that actual like studying it instead, and almost everyone in the field wouldn't have a very hard time of it. Probably the only reason I think this is because I study math. It seems like most people think math is hard, but strangely, I never hear any math majors complaining about their classes. I'll hear engineering majors complain about lower-level math classes, upper level engineering classes, and nearly everything else, but math majors are quite happy with the work they do, and they do a lot of it. I can only think that people who are unsuited for engineering are going into it in droves. I don't know.

Anyway, from someone that puts a lot of work into something he enjoys, I'd highly recommend that anyone thinking about engineering decide if they like it -- it's annoying to everyone else otherwise.

Edit: I should also add that I'm in no way bashing engineering -- just engineering majors that are unsuited for it. (And really anyone that complains about studying)
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Nope, I'm finishing off my degree in pure mathematics. Applied math is just way too boring to study extensively -- although Physics is alright. Funny though, all the engineering majors I know just bitch about how much work they have all the time. Strange that someone would do something they dislike doing so much -- for the money I guess?

Anyway, I'd recommend going into a field that you enjoy being in, and probably, if you don't enjoy it, you shouldn't be involved. Of course, I'm a mathematician, not an engineer, so I could be mistaken. Maybe I'm just pissed off at all the engineers that think that they are somehow better because they do a lot of work, when really, the few engineers I've met that aren't like this never talk about how hard it is, because -- it's not hard for them -- they enjoy it. They'll talk about the actual material rather than how hard it is, because they actually like the material. This is completely ignoring the fact, of course, that engineering really doesn't require any more than other fields. I think it's mainly that engineering pays so much that people think it's hard. If it payed less, then perhaps we'd have people that actual like studying it instead, and almost everyone in the field wouldn't have a very hard time of it. Probably the only reason I think this is because I study math. It seems like most people think math is hard, but strangely, I never hear any math majors complaining about their classes. I'll hear engineering majors complain about lower-level math classes, upper level engineering classes, and nearly everything else, but math majors are quite happy with the work they do, and they do a lot of it. I can only think that people who are unsuited for engineering are going into it in droves. I don't know.

Anyway, from someone that puts a lot of work into something he enjoys, I'd highly recommend that anyone thinking about engineering decide if they like it -- it's annoying to everyone else otherwise.


I think if I had to do it over, I would have gone with pure math.

edit: In no way does this mean I think there's anything wrong with engineering or electrical engineering.... just that my interests were more on the pure math side of things.
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i wish. engineering field is so competitive now a days
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theYchromosome wrote:

Nope, I'm finishing off my degree in pure mathematics. Applied math is just way too boring to study extensively -- although Physics is alright. Funny though, all the engineering majors I know just bitch about how much work they have all the time. Strange that someone would do something they dislike doing so much -- for the money I guess?

Anyway, I'd recommend going into a field that you enjoy being in, and probably, if you don't enjoy it, you shouldn't be involved. Of course, I'm a mathematician, not an engineer, so I could be mistaken. Maybe I'm just pissed off at all the engineers that think that they are somehow better because they do a lot of work, when really, the few engineers I've met that aren't like this never talk about how hard it is, because -- it's not hard for them -- they enjoy it. They'll talk about the actual material rather than how hard it is, because they actually like the material. This is completely ignoring the fact, of course, that engineering really doesn't require any more than other fields. I think it's mainly that engineering pays so much that people think it's hard. If it payed less, then perhaps we'd have people that actual like studying it instead, and almost everyone in the field wouldn't have a very hard time of it. Probably the only reason I think this is because I study math. It seems like most people think math is hard, but strangely, I never hear any math majors complaining about their classes. I'll hear engineering majors complain about lower-level math classes, upper level engineering classes, and nearly everything else, but math majors are quite happy with the work they do, and they do a lot of it. I can only think that people who are unsuited for engineering are going into it in droves. I don't know.

Anyway, from someone that puts a lot of work into something he enjoys, I'd highly recommend that anyone thinking about engineering decide if they like it -- it's annoying to everyone else otherwise.


I think if I had to do it over, I would have gone with pure math.


Everyone that I know enjoys it, but then again, nobody really goes into it unless they enjoy it -- it doesn't pay all that differently from the alternatives. Luckily, Math is the type of thing that you can study at any level for fun, I've done as much reading outside of class as I have in (OK, maybe a bit less). But I almost consider it a hobby of sorts, and I think that's how things should be when people go to school. But all things considered it's not too late to still get into it. I know once I got to upper-level mathematics, lectures are almost useless -- you're doing almost all the work outside of class when you're thinking through the problems. If you wanted to, you could probably study it for a couple of years on your own and become quite prepared for grad-school level problems (although I'm not sure how you'd apply for grad-schools. lol) At any rate though, from what I've read of your post, you might be suited to give it a try. Anyway, it's a great field for those that like it, but the few I've seen that weren't into it were pretty quick to leave.
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I was for a brief period.
But now I for sure want to be a history teacher.
Hopefully... - ^ -"
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I would like to be an engineer, probably an Aero space engineer.
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MEDICAL FIELD EQUALS BEST!!! lol I'm just joking. I was interested in the subject...until I took the class in grade 10 and had the worst teacher ever, who, when I talked; pelted me with tennis balls or made me count bricks outside. Anyways, my cousin is doing an engineering program majoring in computer science and is having the time of his life, so I'm guessing its pretty fun.
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theYchromosome wrote:


otakurocklee wrote:


theYchromosome wrote:

Nope, I'm finishing off my degree in pure mathematics. Applied math is just way too boring to study extensively -- although Physics is alright. Funny though, all the engineering majors I know just bitch about how much work they have all the time. Strange that someone would do something they dislike doing so much -- for the money I guess?

Anyway, I'd recommend going into a field that you enjoy being in, and probably, if you don't enjoy it, you shouldn't be involved. Of course, I'm a mathematician, not an engineer, so I could be mistaken. Maybe I'm just pissed off at all the engineers that think that they are somehow better because they do a lot of work, when really, the few engineers I've met that aren't like this never talk about how hard it is, because -- it's not hard for them -- they enjoy it. They'll talk about the actual material rather than how hard it is, because they actually like the material. This is completely ignoring the fact, of course, that engineering really doesn't require any more than other fields. I think it's mainly that engineering pays so much that people think it's hard. If it payed less, then perhaps we'd have people that actual like studying it instead, and almost everyone in the field wouldn't have a very hard time of it. Probably the only reason I think this is because I study math. It seems like most people think math is hard, but strangely, I never hear any math majors complaining about their classes. I'll hear engineering majors complain about lower-level math classes, upper level engineering classes, and nearly everything else, but math majors are quite happy with the work they do, and they do a lot of it. I can only think that people who are unsuited for engineering are going into it in droves. I don't know.

Anyway, from someone that puts a lot of work into something he enjoys, I'd highly recommend that anyone thinking about engineering decide if they like it -- it's annoying to everyone else otherwise.


I think if I had to do it over, I would have gone with pure math.


Everyone that I know enjoys it, but then again, nobody really goes into it unless they enjoy it -- it doesn't pay all that differently from the alternatives. Luckily, Math is the type of thing that you can study at any level for fun, I've done as much reading outside of class as I have in (OK, maybe a bit less). But I almost consider it a hobby of sorts, and I think that's how things should be when people go to school. But all things considered it's not too late to still get into it. I know once I got to upper-level mathematics, lectures are almost useless -- you're doing almost all the work outside of class when you're thinking through the problems. If you wanted to, you could probably study it for a couple of years on your own and become quite prepared for grad-school level problems (although I'm not sure how you'd apply for grad-schools. lol) At any rate though, from what I've read of your post, you might be suited to give it a try. Anyway, it's a great field for those that like it, but the few I've seen that weren't into it were pretty quick to leave.


Ah thanks. I have done some self-study (introductory abstract algebra). Yeah, I agree math is one of those subjects that is fun at any level. You don't need a lab to do it. I wish we were still in the age when amateurs could still contribute to research. The mathematics has advanced so much now. It's much harder to do.
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Engineer?? Nope nope nope! Issac Clarke from Dead Space anybody? He's a engineer and look at what he goes through!
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Spent 4 yrs doing a Dual-degree Civil Engineering program, realized i hated civil engineering (not enough math and too much writing reports), ending up getting a Game Developer degree instead. Gave me the skill set to do pretty much any kid of programming, but of course i am focusing on making video games.
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Aspiring Aerospace engineer here but I also want to get into Paleontology still kinda torn between the two (but I'm currently an Engineering science major).
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I'm gunna build me something that's gunna make me rich ..

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I like genetic engineering because I want my own cat girl you can blame "The island of doctor Moreau" for this not anime or anything else for this reasoning even if I would probably be her scratching post or possibly dinner when ever she got a chance to lock down on my throat. Yeah it is sad that I have this much time to think of the cons of such things along with the "ahem'" pros of this. Also right now I'm currently thinking of how to use bio-mechanical engineering to make a dragon mecha with enough firepower to level a continent, or two. problem is how does one make a synthetic core that utilizes cold fusion without killing the pilot, or is small enough that it would power the thing(hereby called Black Kaiser)? As for the weapons the Banshee counter system (a system that uses ultra sonic waves to fry electrical wiring or cause people to go splat in simple terms) would have to be made of a sort of vibration absorbing material. Other stuff that will tell you I have way~ too much time on my hand and there you have it in a nutshell...I think.
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