(Closed) Tell me about your college degree

posted 6 years ago in College
  • poll: I have an educational background in
    Arts : (69 votes)
    24 %
    Science : (41 votes)
    14 %
    Applied science : (18 votes)
    6 %
    Commerce/Business/Finance/Accounting/Economics : (48 votes)
    16 %
    Computer science : (5 votes)
    2 %
    Education : (33 votes)
    11 %
    Math : (6 votes)
    2 %
    Fine Arts : (13 votes)
    4 %
    Not a degree listed : (59 votes)
    20 %
  • Post # 3
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    2214 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I have a bachelor of science in Chemistry, but I went to law school after undergrad and got a juris doctor.  (Just so you know, “law” is not an undergrad major in the U.S.; you have to go to law school.)  I don’t regret being a chemistry major.  I had a useful degree and could have gotten a job in my field straight out of undergrad.  The problem is that to make any money with chemistry, you really need a phd, and I just wasn’t willing to spend 6ish more years in school living relatively poor.  I randomly decided to go to law school, and it worked out for me because I did really well, but law school isn’t a safe bet in this economy.  And I’ve also run into the problem that I probably won’t want to practice law the rest of my life, but now I’m not really qualified to do anything else.  I figure I’ll cross that bridge once I pay off all my student loans though.

    Overall, I don’t regret my educational decisions, and I looooved my college.  But I definitely think people should major in something useful, not just something they like (maybe double major if you really want to do art or something).

    Post # 4
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    13101 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    You should replace one of the “Fine Arts” categories (you have it twice) with Engineering.

    My B.S. is in Biomedical Engineering / Pre-med.

    I really enjoyed my degree which is a combination of engineering, biology, biochemisty, math, and chemisty.  I was able to get a good position straight out of college (although I did have internships and research experience to back up the degree itself) and I enjoyed the material I learned in school.

    The program gave me great opportunities to perform research for all for years of undergrad as well as get two different summer internships in research (one domestic and one abroad).  Those experiences helped my to get the position I have now.

    Post # 6
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    529 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I definatly know how you feel. I’m finishing up my Bachelors degree in Accounting (graduating this may, woo), and I have like no friends. I commute an hour to campus, and I was a transfer student from a 2 year school, so it’s like I feel really disconnected from the “traditional student.” I always joke with my FI about how I’m going to have a midlife crisis because I’ve missed out so much on life. He was already graduated from college with a Bachelors degree when we met and he had the whole social life, going out, and living on campus expierence that I never got. Some times I feel like I resent him for this because I’ve had to work full time while in college and he never had to worry about anything like that. But at the end of the day, I’m very happy with my life because of the relationship I have with him. I know that we wouldn’t have this if I did live on campus.

    Like I said earlier, I’m getting my Bach’ in Accounting, and I already got offered and accepted a job- pre graduation. So, yeah it’s working out for me, but it’s taken me awhile. 5 years for a 4 year degree. After 1.5 years of going to school to be an RN I decided to change my mind.

    Some times you just have to sit down and think about what you want to do with your life, that’s why I changed my mind, and it’s worked out so far! Of your options, what job do you think would make you the happiest?

    Post # 8
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    9629 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Psychology (NCSU), which isn’t on your poll, so I voted Arts (for Liberal Arts).  Can’t figure out how I ended up in the health and fitness industry instead, but I love it, wouldn’t change a thing.

    FI’s is Engineering and he’s an engineer, go figure.

    Post # 10
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    7293 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Useless 🙂 I have a BA in Communicaitons studies, minor in Psych. Sadly for broad range programs you are going to need a masters to get a good and specific job.

    Now there are lesser degrees ( like associates in allied health or even just certificate programs -nursing, radiology, sonography, trade skills etc etc ) that in my opinion have tons of jobs and flexibility with good pay! I WISH i had done differently. 

    Post # 11
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    13101 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    @BrookeBQ:  I’ve never heard it referred to as “Applied Science” here in the States (although I can see how that would fit).  Must be one of those Canada/US differences.

    Post # 13
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    2702 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I didn’t vote as I was a marketing/business major.

    I went in freshman year with an undeclared major. I’m really not good at a particular subject and I didn’t (at the time) really didn’t have true passions. I was extremely fortunate to have my dad finance the majority of my education and my parents both had the mentality that you go to college to make good money.

    I thought about going for french/international studies. I was REALLY good at french in high school and I love cultures. But my parents would always say “what kind of job can you get with that?” so I looked elsewhere.

    I picked marketing because I knew i could get a job (quickly) right out of college. Now, I regret it. I HATE business. I envy those people who go to school for what they TRULY love. Now, I am looking into making a career change into social services. I’ve applied for 6 months and every place tells me the same, “no experience” or “no major”

    Good luck with everything. It is tough but it is soo worth it in the end.

    So the moral of my pity party is, do what you love. You can’t go wrong! 🙂

    Post # 14
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    7609 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I went to two universities and have a Bachelor of Science (did a 4 year honours program with psychology & sociology as a double major) & a Bachelor of Education.  I’m a teacher.  Had I not followed up that 4 year program with the 1 year “teacher’s college” program, I would have been officially qualified for nothing.

    Post # 15
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    1866 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I doubled majored in english and political science in undergrad, and then I went to law school.  My undergrad degrees are probably useless.  Your undergrad major doesn’t really matter with respect to law school.  I have no idea what I would be doing if I didn’t have my law degree – probably working at McDonald’s!!!

    Post # 16
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    9629 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @BrookeBQ:  Yep, figured that out, lol . . . I was thinking Fine Arts or Art History at first. 

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