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Why did you choose your major?

From the main forum:
"many of the best programmers were math majors because they were more concerned with getting the algorithmic logic right than"

Yeah, whatever.

Why did you choose what you majored in? What was your "vision" of what you wanted to do with it? I went EE because I wanted to build circuits (not recognizing in 1984 that I really wanted to write software).

Philo
Permalink Philo 
January 3rd, 2006
Chose CompSci because I was interested in computers and that was the only major that really related to them.  Added Geography/GIS because after taking a CORE class I found it extremely interesting.
Permalink Phil 
January 3rd, 2006
Philosophy, because I couldn't avoid puzzling over philosophical questions in any event, and became tired of doing so from a position of ignorance. Of course, I only went back to finish the degree when I was 35,so my motivations were probably a little more idiosyncratic than most.

I remember my horrified mother asking "how are you ever going to earn an income with a philosophy degree?". My response: "um, presumably the same way I have until now".
Permalink Mongo 
January 3rd, 2006
I started out in CS because in high school I was a hacker, and thought CS would make me a better hacker. I switched to Mathematics because the CS department at my school wasn't very good. I ended up with a CS minor. I also picked up a second major in philosophy because it took care of all my general education requirements and it was interesting at the time.

If I were to do it over again, I would choose physics, taken the pre-med requirements, and done a minor in music.

Well that's not really true. If I were to do it over again, I would have skipped college all together and tried to become a professional skateboarder.
Permalink scrappy 
January 3rd, 2006
"many of the best programmers were math majors because they were more concerned with getting the algorithmic logic right than"

This is more of a generational thing than anything. I would be surprised if your under 30 programmers/software guys majored in math. When I graduated from highschool in '87 there really was no degree for 'software engineering'/'computer engineering'- Carnegie Mellon told me to apply to the Applied Mathmatics department. University of Pittsburgh offered a CS degree thru the College of Arts and Sciences. The software departments/degrees didnt really begin to come together until the early-mid 90's.

I chose a Electrical Engineering (PITT) degree over the Applied Math degree because EE seemed better suited to my interests.

Mike
Permalink MikeG 
January 3rd, 2006
The reason I asked the question is because I figured that while some people *say* that after the fact, I doubt many 18-year-olds have that thought process when choosing.

Philo
Permalink Philo 
January 3rd, 2006
I know at my school a lot of CompSci people majored in math because so many of the classes overlap... I almost considered it myself, except that I hate math.
Permalink Phil 
January 3rd, 2006
CS because computing was the one thing I was really good at, and I really enjoyed it, and I could see how much potential it had.
Permalink Colm O'Connor 
January 3rd, 2006
How? I guess by elimination.

In highschool, I hate biology (well I think I like evolution but hate remember all the different parts of the body...), like CS and maths, ok with physics and chemistry.

So CS :)

BTW, one of my best friends is much more intelligent than me, beats me in every academic subjects, but sucks at beginner CS courses (well, C+ and B- instead of As). So I guess my pick isn't so bad afterall!
Permalink Rick Tang 
January 3rd, 2006
I didn't. It chose me.
Permalink Star Wars Kid 
January 3rd, 2006
Music. Because I thought I loved it. Then my parents decided that wasn't good enough "why should we pay $22,000/year tuition for nonsense degree!" when they were really paying $10,000 because I got scholarships and a loan. So they stopped helping me apply for school by the third year (final determination of your major time) and I almost had to drop out until I started working full time for a retail appliance chain selling stereo equipment.

The manager wanted to sleep with me and so wouldn't give me flex hours to fit my schedule. I eventually figured out how to manipulate the university system (you had to be 24 years old to get financial aid on your own), but it was extremely difficult so I changed my major to suit my parents but by then I didn't care I just wanted to graduate and then settled on poli sci. I finally took a degree completion program and finished the last handful of credits by testing out.

Bitter. I. Am. My parents were not very supportive and made a victim of me at the ripe old age of 17 (I graduated high school early and was thrust out into the real world a little too soon). Instead of learning a lesson on independence, I was under 20 and trying to work a regular Joe job and trying to escape the grip of a sex maniac.
Permalink sharkfish 
January 3rd, 2006
Theoretical Physics, because I wanted to invent faster then light travel and all the other fancy SciFi stuff.

And because two of my friends had fathers who were professor of Theoretical Physics and it seemed like a good life.
Permalink Erik Springelkamp 
January 3rd, 2006
I always afraid I missed some important lessons by not getting a degree in engineering.
Permalink Rick Tang 
January 3rd, 2006
>>I was under 20 and trying to work a regular Joe job and trying to escape the grip of a sex maniac.

I can relate. Only I was desperately trying to get *into* the grip of a sex maniac.
Permalink Star Wars Kid 
January 3rd, 2006
I was always interested in science. It took a teacher who could actually inspire that made me decide on chemistry.

He wasn't popular with the powers that be, which may had something to do with his combined magic / fireworks show at parent's evenings and a tendency to use nitrogen triiodide for practical jokes.
Permalink a cynic writes... 
January 3rd, 2006
"I can relate. Only I was desperately trying to get *into* the grip of a sex maniac."

Heh. It would be even more interesting if you were running from women, to men. So I was also going through a sexuality crisis. Let's just say I was *this* close to a nervous breakdown. Too much reality at once, I s'pose. I was such a sheltered child...
Permalink sharkfish 
January 3rd, 2006
I've always wondered about guys who claim to be sex maniacs. My current girlfriend is a bit of a maniac and frankly, I find it terrifying and exhausting. Like most males, in my mind I'm a super stud, but in practice after about 40 minutes I want to wind things up and get pretty worried about how much longer I'm going to need to keep going.
Permalink  
January 3rd, 2006
EE for the same reason as Philo: I wanted to build circuits (and was at the time a radio amateur).

I still mess with the hardware from time to time (ARM based).
Permalink hoser 
January 3rd, 2006
"Like most males, in my mind I'm a super stud, but in practice after about 40 minutes I want to wind things up and get pretty worried about how much longer I'm going to need to keep going."

Work on your cunnilingus technique. When one gets tired, the other will do.
Permalink sharkfish 
January 3rd, 2006
"Work on your cunnilingus technique."

she claims to not be into it. does that just mean I'm doing it wrong? it hasn't been an issue with other women.
Permalink  
January 3rd, 2006
EE, with electives mostly in Control System.
Wanted to create the coolest robot ever (tm), but now I forget most of what I learned :-).
Permalink anon 
January 3rd, 2006
"she claims to not be into it. does that just mean I'm doing it wrong? it hasn't been an issue with other women."

Oh. Wow. I didn't even think that was possible. A woman who doesn't like her clit stimulated directly? Hmmm. I guess it takes all kinds.

If a person is really good at it, well, let's just say I'm not a multi-orgasmer, but that one person made it happen for me every time we were doin' it.

Technique takes practice and I am sure there is an online guide...
Permalink sharkfish 
January 3rd, 2006
Some clichés are just true.

All PE Teachers are sadists.
All Chemistry Teachers (any still existing), are certifiably insane yet entertainingly so.

After doing my TOPS course which was an intensive 18 weeks I was still unemployable so I enrolled on the HND as the CS Degree Course was full. It so happens the guy who got the last place became a friend who then suffered a number of schizophrenic episodes in the fourth year and didn't graduate.

I did get a job after finishing the HND. So for me it was simply job related that I succeeded at it was because it did become an academic interest to me as well as it fitted with my interest in grammar and languages.
Permalink Simon Lucy 
January 4th, 2006
I chose English because I didn't want to study in Estonian. :) The other option was journalism, I actually made it in with no tuition as well, but English was my first choice.
Permalink Flasher T 
January 4th, 2006
I double majored in Mathematics and Philosophy. I chose both because I believed that the problem solving skills learned in those disciplines would be applicable in any field.
Permalink Jacob 
January 4th, 2006

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