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What Do/Did You Base Your Choice Of Degree On?
Posted 2/21/16
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Engineering is a hobby.
Posted 2/21/16
my interest in science started in grade 10. I had a really good science teacher, and I liked learning about atoms, molecules and how nearly everything in this universe is fundamentally made up of those particles. I like learning about photosynthesis, space and chemistry.
I really enjoyed it. I didn't enjoy it as much in my senior years because I didn't have that teacher anymore. :S

fast forward to university, I learned a whole lot more science in depth. I sort of had an epiphany again, it's like learning so much more about my body this time, how there are like a million individual processes going on inside my body on a molecular level. it felt amazing to learn about this stuff. like protein cascade, glycolysis, dna replication.

basically high school gave me an interest, university gave me the big picture behind science and everything in this universe, how it's all connected.

You would think with that big of an epiphany, I would be some sort of researcher, right? Well, at some point, my interests changed. I wanted to get more in touch with my artistic side. I think I've always been more of an artistic person rather than a scientific one.


one other reason why I chose science subjects in high school was because I wanted to avoid bullies. I knew if I picked the really difficult subjects, there would be lots of nerds and fewer bullies. if I picked things like visual arts, drama and music, there were more bullies in those types of subjects. so I didn't.

But honestly, if I didn't have bullies to worry about, I would have picked more artsy subjects, and would have a degree in fine arts instead of science.

I don't regret doing a science degree though. I think it has taught me things that I wouldn't be able to learn by myself.
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The first two.
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22 / M / Ames, Iowa, USA
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Passion. I could have been an engineer, but I did not want to be in a job i hated for the rest of my life
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When I was little I swore to myself I don't want to be a lawyer.. Now, I'm doing a degree on Law and I must say it's the best decision I've made. It's now my passion and I wouldn't have it any other way.

》Should have included Experience and past decisions as one of your options. There are things we do and choose to do in the past that changes our decisions in life.

Posted 2/21/16
Hobby and passion.
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First and second option
Posted 2/22/16
Yea. First and second.
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68 / M / Columbia, MO
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Posted 2/22/16
1965-1970::First time through: intended for future job prospects but ultimately became a poker game outlasting the Vietnam War. I didn't know what I wanted to do but I did know where I didn't want to go.

Back then the military got candidates via conscription with a lottery system. Today it's different. My college roommate who got lottery # 5 (numbers followed 1 to 365 calendar days, below 200 was the go zone, 201 was the safe for now zone re chance to become cannon fodder overseas) emigrated to Canada after graduation and became a Canadian landed immigrant. Taught Sociology at McMaster University for years. I got #197 and upon graduation from Mizzou got drafted but failed the physical.

I still remember the day the 3 draft rejects from my county, including myself, were eating our last free meal sponsored by the government at KC Union Station where the inductions were taking place. The three of us were fresh college graduates while the 4th at the table was some high school kid. While eating we three noticed he was grinning from ear to ear so we collectively thought he failed also. No, he intoned, he volunteered, got drafted and was looking forward to fighting with the Marines. Upon hearing those words the 3 college graduates glanced at each other collectively thinking what a difference in attitude 4 years of aging makes. I don't know if he came back home alive from tours of duty in 'Nam or not.

2nd time through: future job prospect / self-reinvention.
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Posted 5/26/16
Future job prospect, need all I can get to do well in my future career.
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24 / F / California
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Posted 5/26/16
Hobby & Passion. Science has been a passion of mine ever since I was a kid, that's why I chose Engineering.
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Posted 5/26/16
If I had to pick a choice it'd be Hobbies, Interests, Passion. I've always liked computers and whenever it came time to choosing electives in high school I'd pick anything that dealt in them. On my last two years I ended up in Business Computer Programming and when I graduated, Computer Science was the only thing I could think of. I've often wondered if it's the best fit for me but when I think of the other majors nothing stands out. Plus I get good grades in my COSC classes so that must mean something.

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Posted 5/27/16


Hobbies, Interests, Passion for me but sadly in my 2nd year at college i realized i was never going to make a living from art and design so looked for full time employment. I do indulge in my old passion from time to time but sadly it is a wasted gift my passion for other things forever gets in the way i do sometimes wonder where i would be had i stuck at it but i don't like to dwell on my past that's not my style.
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Posted 5/28/16 , edited 5/28/16
Passion for Theatre. It's not the most secure profession, but I didn't want to spend my life wasting away behind a desk (I mean, I will be... because I'm a playwright and a stage manager, but you get the idea).
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