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What's your major?

Temper Tantrum

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How often have you changed it? How did you know what you wanted to do? Do you like it? What are you taking? Did a BA -really- help you get a job in a field related too it?

Yes, its the end of my first year of university and I've changed my mind from wanting to major in journalism to a double major DEFINETLY in international development studies and either women's studies or athropological archaeology. (I took a prehistoric archaeology course that I fell in love with first semester but was highly recommended to drop by my advisor as it was a 4th year/3rd year course. ) And my friend Jen is in the program and says it's the hardest shit ever but very interesting, which after a year of bumming along and getting by on my bullshit techniques would be welcome. My best clast this semester is my hardest, because it IS the most challenging.

Anyways going off on a ramble, so what is your major? or was? ;)



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I started out in Media, Information and Technoculture.
Realized that I loved the options and hated the required courses.

Switched into English.
Registered in the Certificate Program in Writing as well.

I love it.


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i majored in crimionology

didnt want to be a cop or a lawyer

went to college and did ebusiness

now i work as a research analyst.

it sucks.
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i know this is waaaay off topic, but uoft scarborough has an internationally renowned ids program...basically people from all around the world come to the campus for this co-op program...i never really paid attention to it for a long time, but so many amazing people have gone through the program & are now working around the world in various capacities...

good luck...1st year university is always an amazing learning experience...however if you have an aptitude for journalism, perhaps you could combine the two...explore ways to use your writing talents through these other interests...don't feel you have to turn your back completely on journalism...


ps i can't believe another year of university is over...to this day i measure my life by the end of the school...so i actually turn another year older now, instead of my birthday :)

pps also remember university goes by so quickly...before you know it the four years have passed by...enjoy!!!


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I'm taking chemical engineering right now. Hopefully by the end of my tenure here I will be in an occupation where I can make bombs or drugs or bombs with a plethora of drugs in them.


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started off with a Bachelor of Arts - 1st year

switched to Bachelor of Science - 2nd year. picked my major to be chemistry.

graduated with a BSC in chem, got a job in finance (??)

quit that job, went back to college for a diploma in Fashion Management.

i know have a job in fashion.

its okay to change your mind allie!!! takes awhile to figure out what you like and what you are good at!!


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Wanted to be a French teacher for a bit (??????).
Almost went to York for graphic Design.
Almost went to Ryerson for New Media.
Now I'm majoring in photography and doing a literacy program (in Regent Park of all places) after teaching art for 2 and a half years...

Now I'm wondering if I should just go to teacher's college and teach highschool???
Or get my MLSS blah blah blah and get an entry level librarian's position???

But I want to do styling as well...
Too many things I wanna do. And I don't like static vocations. I like change...
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started in biochemistry, now in cognitive science, thinking about switching yet again


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Went in to University to do an honours BA in political science thinking that I'd try my hand at law school afterwards...the lawyer dream died and instead I did my master's degree in political science. So I picked something and stuck with it, ended up with a BA in poli sci with a history minor and an MA.

I'm now working as a researcher at the University of Waterloo for the Federation of Students, and I guess my degrees are coming in handy. It was one of the only job applications I've ever seen with a "political science" background as its criteria, so I jumped for it.


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History major over here, took a European Expansionism and a 20th Century Global history course this year, as well as a year long art history course. Enjoyed them all, so I think I'm going to double up History/Art History to open some options up for employment/grad work, etc.

To all those who responded to Kix's 'my brain is tingling' thread in sept, how did you enjoy first year? I took a bit of a nose dive first semester but picked up the slack in second sem. For me, it wasn't as big of a social change like everyone says, but I suppose going to a uni in town as well as not living in res was the source of that. Still met lots of chillin people, and with hopes of living on campus next year things are looking great.

Guelph's one chillin campus, that's for sure.

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started off doing a bcom (sp?) realized business was not what i wanted to do. Switched over to comp sci. Wanted to switch over to Zoology 3rd year, but realize that was not financially feasible. Don't worry, people switch majors all the time. How many times you switch majors depends on how much money you have :p

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English because I'm lazy.

I hate school, and because writing is something that I'm good at (as well as being something that doesn't require a great deal of effort), English seemed to be the best and easiest (the two are synonymous to me) way to land a degree. I have switched between the Literature and Rhetoric programs twice already though.

So, as far as having any idea what I want to do with the degree when I finally have it, I am open to suggestions. I really have no clue. I really don't care if I even use it for anything. All I care about is the fact that I have but two more years to go. Having finished my last exam earlier today, I am presently at the half-way point. WooHoo!

To answer your question though, many employers are interested in B.A. grads for a few reasons; the most prominent of which, is the fact that an education in the liberal arts apparently teaches someone how to think (thinking being important I guess), instead of doing fancy things with numbers for example. Interesting, isn't it...


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Graduated 1999 with Hons B.A.A in Applied Geography, from Ryerson.

Went on to Carlton for MA, quit, took job from Carlton Cards Canada, CIBC and now to Assante, putting my hard earned GIS and geo-marketing skills to work, so yeah it paid off.


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History and Philosophy Undergrad, finished last yr.
Taking Insurance @ community college right now and working in the industry.

And those two degrees go better together than one might think... I think of insurance as combining Hobbes/Capitalism with Kant/Marxism... altho that's a little bit of a stretch. :)
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Went to Seneca College for Illustration - Technical (now Digital Media Arts) and graduated in 2000, now currently working as a designer.



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Originally posted by H2Whoa

I have friends who majored in English and they did more reading and school work than others who were in sciences.

They definately do. You can't extract out principles or methods or theories from a plotline, you have to read the whole damned thing. Whereas in sciences if you basically know "how" to do stuff you're generally fine


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I completed my Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering, with Collaborative Envoronmental Studies, without changing my mind.

Entering university, I was a bit apprehensive:

I was accepted into engineering, in addion to 'chef school' at a few colleges, and wasn't terribly confident in my decision.

There's no set of rules that say you have to make one decision and stick with it.



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