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College Majors (Short survey) Jun. 18th, 2011 @ 03:15 PM Reply

Hey NGers!

So I thought it would be nice (and refreshing!) if we talked about intended college majors instead of these topics that some of the other... less riveting threads are all about. (It's a bunch of crap to be honest)

Not only do I think the topic will be interesting to talk about, but in the process you will all be helping me complete a sociology experiment for a class I am taking at Virginia Tech (yes, that's the university you're thinking of and no I was not enrolled at the school when the shooting took place).

Anyways, I've made a really small survey that will help promote discussion within the thread (as well as assist me in completing my assignment). Please post your age if you decide to answer the questions!

I know a lot of you probably aren't in college yet, but you can still join in on the fun! :

What year of high school are you in?
Do you plan on attending to college?
Do you have an intended major? If so, what is it? If not, can you discuss why?
What's your favorite subject to learn about in school? Has this subject always been your easiest?

For those of you that are/have enrolled in a college or university (yes, community college counts!), what was your major and why did you pick it? Did you have a different major before? (i.e. was it a major switch?)

For how long had you known your current major would be what you're going to be doing?

For all of you;

What are your career goals?
Do you feel "on the right track"?

With the US economy in such a slow state of recovery, people are often left questioning the helpfulness of higher learning - is it worth the time? the money? Is it really going to help you in the job market?
The true answers to these questions are purely subjective to the one answering them - but it is inarguable that in today's world there are some college majors that are proving to be more resourceful than others.
While it didn't take a recession to demonstrate that degrees in the arts/humanities bring in less income than those in math and science, recently more and more light is being shed on the gritty truth of higher education.
Clearly, things are not as clean cut as they were twenty years ago.
For example; did you know that, per capita, more English majors are accepted into medical school than biology majors? Did you know that those majoring in accounting have the best chance of getting into the FBI?
If you plan on going to college, accumulating debt is nearly inevitable. In a recent survey at my university, it was found that most graduate students viewed their debt as a small speed bump on the road to their careers, and overall felt empowered with their newly earned college degrees. A "worthwhile" investment.

I encourage you to take the time to read my post and come up with a response! I want to hear all of your opinions on high education!


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Response to College Majors (Short survey) Jun. 18th, 2011 @ 03:21 PM Reply

At 6/18/11 03:15 PM, Seasons wrote: For those of you that are/have enrolled in a college or university (yes, community college counts!), what was your major and why did you pick it? Did you have a different major before? (i.e. was it a major switch?)

We don't really have majors and minors here. I'm studying medicine, within you can chose areas to specialise in. Picked it because it interests me.

For how long had you known your current major would be what you're going to be doing?

Almost 4 years, I'll be a doctor.

What are your career goals?

Become a doctor.

Do you feel "on the right track"?

Yup.

With the US economy in such a slow state of recovery, people are often left questioning the helpfulness of higher learning - is it worth the time? the money? Is it really going to help you in the job market?

Medicine is not really a skill that can be picked up by anyone who hasn't taken a degree in it. Moved to the UK this year, the NHS is a tricky system I'm still learning, but it seems a solid and fair one. I'm confident of a job after university.

If you plan on going to college, accumulating debt is nearly inevitable. In a recent survey at my university, it was found that most graduate students viewed their debt as a small speed bump on the road to their careers, and overall felt empowered with their newly earned college degrees. A "worthwhile" investment.

Definitely is for me. I mean, even after I've started working as an intern I'll be making absolutely shitty money. But over the long run the pay will obviously increase.

I do intend on returning to university. Medicine is a career for me, but I do love to study, so I'd love to take up something purely for a hobby (a physics or math course, as I'm heavily interested in both).


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Response to College Majors (Short survey) Jun. 18th, 2011 @ 03:22 PM Reply

"No" to all questions, bro.


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Response to College Majors (Short survey) Jun. 18th, 2011 @ 03:27 PM Reply

At 6/18/11 03:15 PM, Seasons wrote: What year of high school are you in?

Senior

Do you plan on attending to college?

Yes

Do you have an intended major? If so, what is it? If not, can you discuss why?

Yes, duel computer science and art major. Offered at the college I want to go to, it's for Video Game Design.

What's your favorite subject to learn about in school? Has this subject always been your easiest?

Math is the easiest, my favorite though is Art. I have had to work very hard to develop my style.

What are your career goals?

Author, Design lead at one of my favorite video game studios.

Do you feel "on the right track"?

I finished my first novel, and am looking for a publisher now. So yes.

is it worth the time? the money? Is it really going to help you in the job market?

Probably not, but I love writing, so I will do it. Maybe I will become succesful.


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Response to College Majors (Short survey) Jun. 18th, 2011 @ 03:32 PM Reply

At 6/18/11 03:15 PM, Seasons wrote: What year of high school are you in?

Year 1, freshmen.

Do you plan on attending to college?

Yes.

Do you have an intended major? If so, what is it? If not, can you discuss why?

I plan on being an engineering major.

What's your favorite subject to learn about in school? Has this subject always been your easiest?

Science and technology classes. And no, they haven't always been the easiest. That's the whole point. I like it being marginally challenging, so I have to actually use my brain to try to figure out practical real world problems. Now, history, that shit is easy. All you have to do is remember what happened when in what order.

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Response to College Majors (Short survey) Jun. 18th, 2011 @ 03:35 PM Reply

At 6/18/11 03:15 PM, Seasons wrote: What year of high school are you in?

Senior.

Do you plan on attending to college?

Yes.

Do you have an intended major? If so, what is it? If not, can you discuss why?

Yes, Radiology.

What's your favorite subject to learn about in school? Has this subject always been your easiest?

Science and English. Science has had difficulties but English has never been really hard.

For those of you that are/have enrolled in a college or university (yes, community college counts!), what was your major and why did you pick it? Did you have a different major before? (i.e. was it a major switch?)

N/A

For how long had you known your current major would be what you're going to be doing?

N/A

For all of you;

What are your career goals?

A radiologic technician, stand up comedian, and/or an animator.

Do you feel "on the right track"?

Well I'm doing open mics for the stand up thingy, I animate on Newgrounds, and I'm working my ass off to get into this college. So I think so.

With the US economy in such a slow state of recovery, people are often left questioning the helpfulness of higher learning - is it worth the time? the money? Is it really going to help you in the job market?

I think so, but then it depends of what do you want/need to do in life.


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Response to College Majors (Short survey) Jun. 18th, 2011 @ 03:36 PM Reply

Sorry for double post, didn't see these two questions.

At 6/18/11 03:15 PM, Seasons wrote: What are your career goals?

I want to be the one that makes things. I don't want to be in the office all day and think about trivial things. I want to go out in the field where I can make things happen. Basically, my career goal is to be happy.

Do you feel "on the right track"?

Yeah. I'm going to a magnet school specializing in science, technology, engineering, and math. I'm working hard and getting all of my work done. Hard work, dedication, and education is a pretty good formula for success.

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Response to College Majors (Short survey) Jun. 18th, 2011 @ 03:46 PM Reply

Thanks to everyone to has responded already, especially Markface!

Much appreciated.

At 6/18/11 03:22 PM, Sevkat wrote: "No" to all questions, bro.

I posted these same questions on 4chan's /b/ and even they had better comments than yours. Maybe you're just not as smart as the average 4chan user. Congrats.

At 6/18/11 03:23 PM, naughtycookie wrote: I'm a porn star in training

At least your post is funny! (unlike Sevkat's)


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Response to College Majors (Short survey) Jun. 18th, 2011 @ 03:52 PM Reply

At 6/18/11 03:15 PM, Seasons wrote: Hey NGers!
I know a lot of you probably aren't in college yet, but you can still join in on the fun! :

What year of high school are you in?

I graduated in 2009. Top 15% of my class, Cum Laude (ho yeah!)

Do you plan on attending to college?

I do attend

Do you have an intended major? If so, what is it? If not, can you discuss why?

I am going for criminology

What's your favorite subject to learn about in school? Has this subject always been your easiest?

Chemistry was my favorite. And no it wasn't easy at all, it was hard. I think that's why I liked it.

For those of you that are/have enrolled in a college or university (yes, community college counts!), what was your major and why did you pick it? Did you have a different major before? (i.e. was it a major switch?)

I was a Chemistry major first, I changed it because I had a professor my first year of college that was just a downright awful teacher. I pulled so many hours studying and she'd blindsight you on tests with things she didn't even mention (like things we weren't supposed to learn until the next month). Then I changed to Computer Science and Engineering. Had to catch up on math to even start the real work and that would've taken like 2 years. So I decided to do criminology because I've always a strong sense of justice.

For how long had you known your current major would be what you're going to be doing?

Not very.

For all of you;

What are your career goals?

I hope to get a job in loss prevention in the company I am currently working.

Do you feel "on the right track"?

Yes I do.

With the US economy in such a slow state of recovery, people are often left questioning the helpfulness of higher learning - is it worth the time? the money? Is it really going to help you in the job market?

I think it is. I get guff all the time on here for going to college because people honestly think it's not work it. I'm not saying that people that don't go college don't wind up being successful, but the margin is significantly lower for them. If you don't want to go to college, then don't. It's not for everyone. But I go, and I'm glad I'm going. It's an education that will give me much more opportunities than not having one.

The true answers to these questions are purely subjective to the one answering them - but it is inarguable that in today's world there are some college majors that are proving to be more resourceful than others.

That's very true. Merely having that piece of paper isn't an automatic ticket to being a success. And that's where a lot of misconceptions come from. College dropouts or people that don't attend seem to think that's why college students think. Well it's not. It's something that will open a lot of doors and bring about an opportunity that non colleges grads don't have. If you're cool with believing 'experience > degree" ideal, then good for you. There's no wrong way to look at it and sometimes that's true. But don't try and tell students that they're wasting money just because they want to better themselves with an education in the field they're interested in working in. Live your own life and let people live theirs.


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Response to College Majors (Short survey) Jun. 18th, 2011 @ 04:42 PM Reply

At 6/18/11 03:15 PM, Seasons wrote: Hey NGers!




Please post your age if you decide to answer the questions!

14, about to be 15




What year of high school are you in?

incoming freshman

Do you plan on attending to college?

of course.

Do you have an intended major? If so, what is it? If not, can you discuss why?

computer science, maybe also music.

What's your favorite subject to learn about in school? Has this subject always been your easiest?

orchestra, i really don't know.




For how long had you known your current major would be what you're going to be doing?

about a year.


For all of you;

What are your career goals?
Do you feel "on the right track"?

need to improve on grades, but i plan on getting straight a's in highschool


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Response to College Majors (Short survey) Jun. 18th, 2011 @ 05:54 PM Reply

Wow, a lot of math/science kids...

At 6/18/11 03:15 PM, Seasons wrote: For those of you that are/have enrolled in a college or university (yes, community college counts!), what was your major and why did you pick it? Did you have a different major before? (i.e. was it a major switch?)

I'm going to be a junior in college, and I'm a Film & Media Studies major.

For how long had you known your current major would be what you're going to be doing?

Not all that long, actually. I only declared my major at the end of last fall semester (the latest possible time).

What are your career goals?

Shit, I hate when people ask me this. I honestly don't know. I guess ideally, I'd be working in some creative capacity in film and/or television (right now I'm leaning towards TV, but it varies), i.e. writing and/or directing. More realistically, I might end up working in production. I dunno, I'm fortunate enough to be in a comfortable enough financial situation that my options are flexible.

Do you feel "on the right track"?

I have the occasional panic attack about it, sure, but overall, right now I can't really think of anything else I'd be happier doing, and when it comes down to it, that's all that matters.

With the US economy in such a slow state of recovery, people are often left questioning the helpfulness of higher learning - is it worth the time? the money? Is it really going to help you in the job market?

Yes, yes, and probably not in my case but I really don't give a shit. Making all of your decisions in college based solely on what you think will help you most in the job market is a terrible, terrible idea that ultimately will only waste both your time and your money. If you're open-minded, though, it'll definitely be worth it. So many of my friends went into school trying to chase a job (usually on a pre-med track), realized there was something else they were far more interested in, switched their focus, and have been much happier about their present and future ever since.

That said, as a society I feel like we're massively overemphasizing the importance of college. Just because college is worth it for a lot of people doesn't necessarily mean that it's for everyone. We have a big problem in our country today in that there's a huge stigma attached to not going to college, and in turn we're developing a major shortage of skilled manual laborers. It's completely ridiculous; work in a skilled trade is a perfectly viable, respectable, and profitable career, a lot of people might find themselves much happier doing that than working at some corporate desk job, and unlike those desk jobs, it actually provides a valuable, tangible service to the world.

Clearly, things are not as clean cut as they were twenty years ago.

They weren't clean cut twenty years ago, either. No path you take in college will guarantee you anything, and there is no objective formula for success. Hell, there is no objective definition for success. This is why I'm always skeptical about the articles and studies that pop up every once in a while claiming to know which majors lead to more "success" than others. Everyone wants different things from life.

So really, I've never concerned myself much with tracks or the job market or any of that bullshit, and I don't think anyone else should, either. Just find something you love and figure out a way to do it for a living. It's simple (if not always easy).


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Response to College Majors (Short survey) Jun. 18th, 2011 @ 07:23 PM Reply

At 6/18/11 03:15 PM, Seasons wrote: What year of high school are you in?

Just finished junior; heading into senior in the fall.

Do you plan on attending to college?

Yes

Do you have an intended major? If so, what is it? If not, can you discuss why?

No, I'm undecided because I literally have no idea what I want to do.

What's your favorite subject to learn about in school? Has this subject always been your easiest?

Probably history or civics, and yes, it's generally easy since I enjoy it.


What are your career goals?

I have many in mind, from teaching to urban planning, finance to computer and information technology. But choosing between them is the hardest part.

Do you feel "on the right track"?

Somewhat. I think I'm capable of learning the work, but I'm most worried about financial viability and practical application of what I study in college.

With the US economy in such a slow state of recovery, people are often left questioning the helpfulness of higher learning - is it worth the time? the money? Is it really going to help you in the job market?

It's worth the time if you can apply what you learn in the classroom to a real world job that's in demand. Engineering majors will have a better time than sociology grads.

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Response to College Majors (Short survey) Jun. 18th, 2011 @ 07:32 PM Reply

At 6/18/11 03:15 PM, Seasons wrote:
What year of high school are you in?

Just graduated

Do you plan on attending to college?

Yes, Community College for the first two years, they threw so much money at me lol. Then I'll finish up at Wichita State, yet to decide if I want to pursue a Master's instead of a Bachelor's.

Do you have an intended major? If so, what is it? If not, can you discuss why?

Yes, Sports Management.

What's your favorite subject to learn about in school? Has this subject always been your easiest?

English or Psychology/Sociology. I've always raped those classes.


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Response to College Majors (Short survey) Jun. 18th, 2011 @ 07:43 PM Reply

At 6/18/11 03:15 PM, Seasons wrote:
What year of high school are you in?

graduated

Do you plan on attending to college?

yes

Do you have an intended major? If so, what is it? If not, can you discuss why?

majoring in Psychology, I intend to specialize in Fear.

What's your favorite subject to learn about in school? Has this subject always been your easiest?

I enjoyed all my subjects

For those of you that are/have enrolled in a college or university (yes, community college counts!), what was your major and why did you pick it? Did you have a different major before? (i.e. was it a major switch?)

My major is psychology

For how long had you known your current major would be what you're going to be doing?

a long time.

I am studying it because I choose to, not just to work in that field.

For all of you;

What are your career goals?

Financially, I have no goals other then paying bills.

Do you feel "on the right track"?

there is really no objective way to tell what then "right track' is, or if i am on it.

With the US economy in such a slow state of recovery, people are often left questioning the helpfulness of higher learning - is it worth the time? the money? Is it really going to help you in the job market?

what separates me from others is I study to learn. others mostly seek to satisfy themselves financially, or to find a role to play.

Why you study is as much, or even more important then why you study.


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