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03-27-2010, 04:05 PM
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Hey guys. I remember seeing an engineering thing on here a few weeks back, so I thought I'd ask a few quick questions myself (even though I'm new here and know none of you).
Anyways, I'm on the fence on whether to pursue engineering next year or life sciences. I love biology, I enjoy both chemistry and maths, and I can deal with physics. But, like, life sciences is such a broad term, and so is engineering is some cases. So, yeah.
Just wondering if any of you that are in either of these programs (or any specific branch of them) could let me know how you like your classes, campuses, communities, etc. Any feedback would be nice. I got accepted to life sci at U of T, and engi at Mac and U of T (only mining engi right now, waiting for response from track one), so any info on those would be extremely nice too.
Hello Alexander Edler.
Don't consider this decision on how the next few years are going to be for you; consider this decision on what you want to do with your life.
And I'm not even talking about a specific career either. I'm talking about what kind of career you want to do after your college, in the next 15+ years.
In what kind of environment do you see yourself working? Are you the type who love to work tirelessly on a problem even if it doens't pay well nor is very prestigious, but as long as you can fulfill your nerdy passion? Are you more practical, with maybe an entrepreneurship side? Do you see yourself working in a corporate tower, writing documents and analysis based on your professional expertise, or are you "hands on", needing to always be face to face with the ultimate result of your work?
All these questions are much, much more important for your own life happiness than if you'll dig more chemist or mathematics, especially since you seem to have a wide range of scientific interests. But trust me: in the end, knowledge is always invigorating whether source it comes from, but the life and career of a chemist (or an engineer) can be vastly different from a mathematician, and it wouldn't be wise to not consider these aspects at this point of your decision.
I very strongly suggest you read this:
The title may seems offtopic, but read it anyway. The author very pragmatically describe the career of a academic, and more importantly, provides great insights over what it means to have a career in science in general.
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