Originally Posted by MacedonianHero
FWIW, I'm a professional engineer (Bachelors and Masters degree in Chemical Engineering) and agreed that one doesn't use math as intensive as in university...it is still very much part of my daily routine. Nothing esoteric in my 16 year career so far (primarily in electronics manufacturing).
That's exactly what my dad (Materials Sci + Eng) told me. I also know that this applies to computer degrees as well, far more math than you will ever need to use. I'm entirely fine with doing it, and feel that it's easier to do well in than hard science..
Engineering is just one of the most appealing career options now, right behind if not along computers. Especially since I just got into a pretty decent school where most people can get job ops. before they graduate, my biggest concern is the ability to stick with all those brain-grinding courses until graduation.
What really got me though, is that my dad says he only has to do 1-3 hours of actual work during the day. He's always on some Chinese version of Reddit there while my mom comes home completely worn out as an accountant earning a fourth of what he does.
I had quite a few things that prevented me from going to college. Not just my extreme fear of debt (which ties in to some of my other reasons).
My parents filed for bankruptcy twice when I was growing up. They now both live with their parents (both are well into their 50s). My mother is (once again) buried in credit card debt due to a shopping (from home) addiction that developed due to depression after they divorced. My father basically stole my college fund during the divorce nonsense as well.
I started working at 15 and never stopped. I had to help buy groceries while mom built up credit card debt. I moved out as soon as possible and basically had nothing for the first few years I lived on my own.
While school is doable I didn't have a proper transcript either due to being home schooled the last 2 years of high school. Social anxiety has also stifled my pursuit of college somewhat.
It's been rough but life is kind of starting to stabilize a little bit and I should be cutting back to part time work soon in order to do things I actually want to do instead of working a job I hate all the time. Things are looking up.
tl;dr - My parents are broker than broke so I'm very wary of building debt of any kind (no matter how small).
Wow, its stories like this that really makes me appreciate what I have and always learn that there's more reasons behind every big decision.
Edited by Xinze - 1/18/13 at 12:21pm