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Math and Science are not cool in America.

I blame summer vacation, math is a subject that must be practiced often, if one leaves math for 3 months another month is needed just to refresh what was learned the previous year.
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It seems extremely stupid to me to get through 4 or 5 years of engineering school and then drop out or switch to English.
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I'm one of those kids who secretly wants to leave the STEM field for something more artful.

But I won't.
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As someone who was a mechanical engineer at UCLA for my first year, and am now a poli sci major (want to become a criminal prosecutor ), I can say this is true. Many of my other friends in engineering majors quickly discovered that the degree of difficulty for completing everything on a four year plan is almost impossible, especially if you have anything else going on in your life. This is especially true when compared to almost all other majors across campus. It's crazy. It's mostly a big deal (at least for me and others that I know) because costs for attending school now-a-days are absurd. If I stayed an engineer, I would have graduated with even more debt than I already am. Blehhhh. The whole thing is so messed up.

Sorry to be a part of the statistic guys :/
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Originally Posted by mrtn400 View Post
My passion is music and I know I would have tons of fun and do pretty well at being a high school, possibly college level music teacher, but I know they don't get paid much. I'm also good at physics, calculus, and computer science, which doesn't give me the warm/fuzzy feeling I get from music, but I've heard it pays well. I'm not sure engineering is such a blatant right choice anymore. :S
If you love your job, you'll never work a day in your life. The happiness that comes from doing what you love everyday is worth more than anything the extra money from another field could buy you. If you could find a teaching job and live off the salary, I say go for it. However, if the interest levels in two fields are real close, the more lucrative one is the best choice imo.
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Didn't bother reading the article because I know 100% of what it has to do just by looking at the title and a few quotes.

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No but really, it's because Engineers HAVE to basically become an English Major to begin with.
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Maybe they switch because in art and english there are more girls.

But do not lump art and english in the same field.

Eg an animator and a translator do have a tough and skillfull job too.
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Wow, reading the article, having >22% drop out rate??

Is this common for universities in America..?

my university here in the UK has a 3% drop out rate for the whole uni, and this is similar for lots of higher education places over here
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First day of engineering classes....

"Look to the left, Look to the right, one of you will not be graduating."



Cause it's really really hard. If you don't get it, you're in trouble. Engineering course load is usually maxed out on credits and if you fail a requirement class... you are held back for a year since there is only one offering a year. However, this class is required before you can move on.

I double majored in Computer Engineer and Economics. Economics is a relatively hard major.... it was nothing compared to CE.
you think that was tough? i remember my first day at elementary school. the teacher said, "look to your left, look to you right, look in front of you, look behind you. only one of you will graduate from college"
post #60 of 341
Reading through comments it seems like many people go into college thinking it is going to be easy or at the very least not really knowing what they are getting in to.
Idk about you guys but when I was in high school I already knew basically my entire college courseload before I even started and was basing the classes I was taking during highschool on that.

If you think for a second you are going to become a computer engineer and not have to take calc 1, 2, 3, and diff equations then you should not be in college. If you are prepared for what is ahead, expect the worse, and give it your best shot, you are almost definitely going to graduate.

PS- It's not like English and Art are easy either. I dislike both but have friends in those that are struggling as much as any other unprepared college student.
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