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Thoughts on College Major
Posted 6/11/14 , edited 6/11/14
First you have to figure out what your strengths and weaknesses are in academic topics. Second is to narrow decisions down to your favourites.

I wanted to do Visual Arts or Graphic designing... but I thought deeply, I decided not to... because I didn't want a career in these fields... I feel like... I would never be able to meet deadlines if I did those jobs... Ideas don't come to me in flashes.
Back in high school, I've always hated doing Visual Arts essays... "Are we here to draw or are we here to write essays... :S" (was the thought that plagued me back then, I'm more tolerant towards essays since I know how to construct them properly nowadays).

Out of Economics, Chemistry, Physics, and Maths, I enjoyed Chemistry the most. And I've always felt like science information is both interesting and meaningful to me. I didn't feel like knowing about how the economy works is meaningful to me. So that's what made me decide to major in Chemistry for the first year. I had to change my major to Biology in the second year though, because the maths in Chemistry became much more complex in second year. Too much volume and concentration stuff... analytical and organic chemistry did my head in. I don't like maths.

I've always hated maths, and knew I hated it, but sometimes you don't realize you can't handle a subject until you do a bit of it... Calculus and Trigonometry are my strong suits in maths; but Algebra is my worst... and I hate dealing with it... and it is prevalent in Chemistry.
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I'm majoring in all the needed majors to become a Mental Health Counselor.
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demongurrl13 wrote:

I majored in English Literature and Writing. All I have to say is if you love to read and write, DON'T do what I did. Major in something else entirely. That's if you don't want your passions to be ripped to shreds in front of your very eyes.


I had the exact opposite experience. I majored in English Lit (minor in Linguistics) and loved every second of it. I wouldn't recommend it for career-minded people, as I haven't been able to get any sort of job with it, but for those like myself who just want to study for study's sake, by all means, pick something you love. University remains the most fulfilling period of my life, because I spent it engaging with literature with other people who were passionate about it.
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Majoring in IT this years!

No idea where to branch off from there.
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The only advice I'm willing to give is on the side of practicality.
Majors such as:
- Accounting
- Finance
- IT and computer sciences
- Engineering
- Healthcare
- Law
Those are all majors I support anyone attempting as long as they're doing it for the right reasons combined with the economic stability. The last thing we need are lazy IT consultants and greedy lawyers.

However, everyone has different tastes, talents and passions. If you're passionate about journalism or communication, go for it. I had a business communication teacher that got a degree in communications and worked as a journalist for many years. Not to say the degrees are interchangeable, but they can lead to similar jobs. I wouldn't stress over which one you pick too hard.

The only degrees I refuse to recommend are degrees such as woman's studies or philosophy. Not because those fields of study aren't important (everyone should try to expand their understanding of their being in whatever way they find) but that there is a 80% chance you won't have a job within that field after graduation and I personally don't value the careers that are in those fields anyway.
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i beg of you (on my knees,..clasped hands) DO NOT major in accounting.

just think of it...doing the same thing over and over...month after month...for the rest of your life...creating nothing.

it will kill your soul.

http://www.gocomics.com/wumo/2014/05/24

but if you happen to be in accounting, then ya have to go all the way and get your CPA license or MBA (a $59,000 per year stooge compared to a $150,000 CPA or a $450,000 CFO)
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Also, get an undergrad that stands on itself. I can't tell you how many pre-law/pre-med people I know that thought they were going to law school or medical school to end up not getting in or simply hating school by the time they got done with their undergrad so they were left with a history or political science degree or biology/chemistry degrees. All of which by themselves, aren't a great investment.
Posted 6/11/14
I majored in mechanical engineering, it's always good to get a degree that's in high demand you'll find work quick and they pay well. Which you need if you acquired mass debt from school loans.
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I'm currently in a MA Medieval History program. I'm about halfway done. Originally I intended on going for my PhD, but the job market is pretty slim considering the time investment (an additional 9 years after my MA to land a tenure track job, which is only 33% chance). Now I'm thinking of just teaching high school after finishing, but I'm a bit wary considering I would have to take additional classes for something I would probably already be overqualified for. So I might try for the private world, but chances are it will have nothing to do with my degree (but having an MA in a research based field opens a lot of doors).

Do whatever you want. But whatever you do, don't take out more student loans than what you will receive your first year of career work. It's a good rule of thumb to stick by.

By no means should you go into law though. The job market for lawyers is almost as bad as it is for liberal arts professors (see above).
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Dont know what to do , but have at least a 3.1 GPA . and want to make a pretty good salary . Be a pharmacist .... they start of @ around $62/hour . Easiest job ever....you just have to get through the requirement like calculus, chemistry and some physics . You really will only need basic math . Most pharmacies already have pretty advance software that will alert you of any interactions, drug info, etc.. The only draw back is that you'll be standing up all day, and it can be boring .
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Amorsiempre wrote:

IT networking/Security and Computer programming



THIS ^

Engineer/Medical have to be 3 best fields right now in my opinion.
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Beginning to major in studio art in the fall. I guess you could say it does matter on what you're passionate about.
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I just graduated with a bachelors in Communications, with a minor in film production. Personally I feel the only thing I learned was how to read and understand research, it was a good four years though. I haven't gotten a job in my field yet, still just bar-tending, but I don't feel the 30 grand of debt was worth the knowledge I gained (thank god for free online I.T. and programming courses!). Who knows though maybe I'll land a decent job, with some spare time for anime :-)
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Posted 6/11/14
People always ask this question my question to you is College even for you?
If not go to a tech school, in a field that has a high demand for skilled workers. IE , ITT department or registered nurse very high demand.
Also look into medical coding no schooling required $500.00 for books study 3 month's ACTUALLY STUDY don't underestimate it, open book test not easy but not hard, starting pay in US is $20-35.00 an hour depending on location.
It's usually not the degree(piece of paper) you should worry about but the jobs you can get after attaining it.
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Posted 6/12/14 , edited 6/12/14
explore your options. Though, health field degrees are probably the best choice. Nursing (RN, LVN, or B.S.), Physical therapy (AID/Assistant), radio tech, pharmacy, etc) Health degrees can be obtained quick, for less money, and have good hire rates. Though, it is hard work.

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