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If you can turn back the clock would you change your college major?

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  1. AV_
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    by AV_ » Aug 21, 2019
    @qubitasaurus I am a newcomer to crystal growth & related mathematical diffraction, or so I am kidding myself.
     
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  2. doberman
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    by doberman » Aug 21, 2019
    Absolutely. I'd probably pick chemistry or geology.
     
  3. Bron357
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    by Bron357 » Aug 21, 2019
    I did Finance but would have loved to do Medicine (marks not good enough). DH has degrees in Finance also but is currently doing a degree in Geology. DD is just finishing her final year and wants to go into Medical Research. Luckily she has the brain and attributes to succeed.
    DS did law, qualified here and again in France and had wanted to do Forensic Science originally but found out she couldn’t handle blood, cutting and slicing or dead things!
    DB has a computer science degree but would have rather been a marine biologist.
     
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  4. LinSF
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    by LinSF » Aug 21, 2019
    I wouldn't change undergraduate degree, but I would change my graduate degree. Instead of getting a darn MBA I should have gotten past my hesitance to work with cadavers and persued my MD as I originally planned.

    I'm not complaining now, I'm too far in at this point.
    A different degree wouldn't change my compensation, but maybe would be more enjoyable day to day.
     
    


    


  5. DiamondGal28
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    by DiamondGal28 » Aug 21, 2019
    I wouldn't change my major or the fact that I went to a state school. I have a very nice career as a result.
     
  6. madelise
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    by madelise » Aug 21, 2019
    Mostly same.
     
  7. qubitasaurus
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    by qubitasaurus » Aug 22, 2019
    Ah ok, someone told md a few months ago that inverse scattering and inverse diffraction were rapidly growing areas at the moment due to machine learning. Is it something like this?
     
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  8. jaysonsmom
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    by jaysonsmom » Aug 22, 2019
    I would not turn back the clock period. I did not like school, still have nightmares about midterms and finals. If I did turn back time I would NOT attend university or grad school, but instead choose a career like acting or recording artist, where a degree is not needed.
     
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  9. Maria D
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    by Maria D » Aug 22, 2019
    If it was your dream to teach Algebra, there's no reason to let that dream die! There are so many opportunities to do this outside of becoming a full-time math teacher. There's adult ed, community college, tutoring...

    I've taught accounting at a satellite campus of a private college even though my only experience in the courses was taking them myself for my MBA. Now I'm a full-time math teacher even though my undergrad degree was in Chem Eng. I don't regret any education I've had, formal or not. I'm a lifelong learner.
     
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  10. AV_
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    by AV_ » Aug 22, 2019
    @qubitasaurus It is all about the inverse problem - telling of structure from some diffraction measure or other. I am hooked on some analytical problems requiring pen & paper, have not heard to ML or AI except for stray mentions in footnotes; qubits, I am not sure how to make.
     
    


    


  11. Mrs_Strizzle
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    by Mrs_Strizzle » Aug 22, 2019
    Although I love what I do and am quite good at it, I wish I had a career where working from home wasn't impossible.
     
  12. chrono
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    by chrono » Aug 22, 2019
    No regrets. I would pick the same major.
     
  13. violet3
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    by violet3 » Aug 22, 2019
    So interesting! I have rarely heard people say that they'd rather have done a math degree! You are one of an elite few, if you could have majored in math. For my students, that is the biggest issue many times that forces them OUT of a major and into another because they cannot achieve the math level needed. You have a special brain!
     
  14. violet3
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    by violet3 » Aug 22, 2019
    I don't know if I've ever heard anyone say this! Usually people are trying to find a way TO work from home! Out of curiosity, what don't you like about it?
     
  15. violet3
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    by violet3 » Aug 22, 2019
    This is such an interesting question, and I don't know how to answer it. I had two majors, and most of them people would consider "fluffy," in the education world. My undergrad degrees are Communication, with a public relations concentration (like a minor) and English with a journalism concentration.

    I do not work in public relations or journalism, despite those degrees. But I'll tell you, I loved EVERY minute of college - the English was an extra major, just because I loved reading so much - I filled that degree instead of what other people would have picked for elective credits.

    I do teach Communication at the collegiate level, and it's the greatest job in the world, so I guess the answer is no. Even if I said yes, I would have just picked another humanities/social science major anyway. I think the one answer I would add, is that I would have finished my PhD, which I did not do. I stopped after my master's degree - if I had finished, I would be a full-time professor now, although I would have had to go where the jobs were, and wouldn't be able to live where I do currently, which is near all of my family. Currently, I'm only adjunct, but I teach a lot of classes. I also counsel my students in choosing majors, so I really loved thinking about this!
     
    


    


  16. Tekate
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    by Tekate » Aug 23, 2019
    i'd go back and go to medical school, not get a degree in Business.
     
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  17. missy
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    by missy » Aug 23, 2019
    And I would immediately hire you to be my personal doctor. You would be a great physician Kate. We need you and more caring compassionate intelligent individuals in the medical field. They do exist (many of them PSers!) but not in great enough numbers.
     
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  18. missy
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    by missy » Aug 23, 2019
    Haha well there is definitely something "special" about it no doubt :lol: but I am not sure it is a good special. I was always good in math and science and enjoyed them. I don't think there is one perfect field rather what is best at that time. And during different periods of life our preferences change and I guess that is why many people don't have just one career anymore. I am too old to start anything new but this is a fun thread to read and dream what could have been....
     
  19. Tekate
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    by Tekate » Aug 23, 2019
    Thank you Missy, so nice of you. I wanted to be a physician from 4 years old on, got to college met my 1st husband freshman year, he was going to go to medical school, so I thought I'd be Mrs. Doctor, (my mother didn't say "Laziness they name is CATHERINE" for nothing. Also, the turmoil at home was a quite a bit and I took a few law classes and thought business was the way to go, I had great jobs at IBM no complaints, but as you know, there is a unique feeling in the medical field of self satisfaction in your life's career and the yang of patients :) xoxoxoxoxo



     
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  20. qubitasaurus
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    by qubitasaurus » Aug 24, 2019
    I think the ML stuff may be a fad in any case :lol-2:.

    In any case it sounds like you are enjoying working through the details, which is really nice.
     
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  21. moneymeister
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    by moneymeister » Aug 24, 2019
    My mother assured me college was a waste and I was wife material...not the college type. Heh, career planning in 1982.

    My daughter is a biochemist. You bet I supported her education!
     

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