QUOTE(JakeCutter @ Dec 31 2008, 04:25 AM) [snapback]4067646[/snapback]
I don't hate computer science, I love it. What I hate is having to take advanced mathematics to receive a degree in this field. And I don't think I'm horrible in this area, just inexperienced.
So you think I should choose both, even if they're unrelated fields? I guess I could give it a try to see which I like more from the two.
I know that programming is moving to Asia, but if someone loses their jobs overseas, I think it's because they weren't good enough. I met with a few network administrators already in my town, and they say it's easy money if you have a passion for it and study hard. There's nothing I'd like more than to get paid a decent amount of cash and at the same time love the job I'm doing.
Can you explain to me exactly how the people you knew had to "change their entire life" for a job opportunity?
I don't like the idea of working as a journalist; they pay isn't great, although the job sounds interesting. It is definitely something I wouldn't mind doing. Anyway, I was thinking of working as an editor for a short time, but I still don't know exactly what I want just yet.
Do you think linguistics would be a good choice for a minor if I choose to be an English major?
I'll give you my 2 cents.
Do English if you are absolutely convinced that you passionate for the subject. Yes, the job outlook is bleak compared to say commerce, but it is not impossible. If you really passionate about the field and wanted to find a career in it, you will work as hard you can to take in every possible opportunity to advance your career, and that means sacrifices. If you are hesitate about going into english and does not want to buckle down and work as hard as your possibly can to maximize your chances of finding a career in it, then don't do it. Is a harsh reality, but if you are really passionate about it, then you will find a way. Most people fail to do this as they are convinced they are in love with the subject but does not have the willingness to go pour all their energy into the subject so they can find a job in the field. Are you one of them? Just because you get high marks in the subject and thinks that you "love it" (ohhhh how the idealism of youth makes fools of us all) doesn't mean you are really passionate in the subject. Remember, once you REALLY get into it, only the truly passionate survives, as each year thousands of idealistic people like you find out that they did not have what it takes to pursue the subject deeply. (why do you think so many people change majors)
Now for the computer science, same thing applies here. If you are really passionate about the subject, you will work hard to improve your math.
I originally wanted to go into History then Music, both of which offers offer slime chances of employment. The Music I poured so much of my passion into it but ended up failing due to personal injuries. when I was working toward my goals in music however, I was so passionate for the subject that I could've cared less if I made any money, as i was so deeply in love with the art.
After a period of about 3 years of struggle, I had to forcefully give up my pursue for music due to injuries, i was devastated. This caused me so much pain that I barely graduated from High school and is forced to find another alternative when I was so convinced my heart would not allow me to do anything else.
Now I am finishing my 2 courses that I need to go to university in Night school as a result of pursue for music. In the end, I found another subject that I was interested in... me and my culture.
Luckily for me, 2008 was perhaps the best year to be a chinese, and it made me finally realize that I loved my country and my heritage. Everyone knows that the PRC is "bad" and people are suffering in it, but there is so much beauty in my heritage. Now I was interested in social science (wanted to go into history), and knew that if I was to understand my country so I can change it for the better, I need to understand economics, as it accoutned for the tremendous change that has happened in the past 30 years.
So here comes my second choice, Economics.
Like like computer science, economics needs Math; but just A LOT more. When i was in dazzle with music in high school, i was unluckly swept into the crowd of people that thought they did not need math and it was useless. Now that I realize what I have to do to achieve my goals, I need math.
Of course I am a little scared, but if you really wanted to do something, You'll find a way. I am actually even considering of double majoring in Math/Economics when I go to university (yea i know). But my desire for understanding out weights my fear for math. (And plus I can say that I have a degree in Math AHAHAHAHAHAHHAAAAHHA BEAT THAT 98% OF THE POPULATION AHHAHAH)..... sorry
so in the end, you have to ask yourself, just exactly who are you and what do you want to do; whether, if you have the strong enough to go through with it. Now of course, you'll have choose something, you'll have to decide, and like I 've given you examples, I been through both of your scenarios and discriminate against none. Would I still do music if I had the chance, possibility, as I find only more to be love with in economics as I dig deeper.
In the end, the age old saying holds true... Is up to you."You have got what it takes, but is going to take all you got"