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  1. College STEM issues seem to be a hot topic lately. I want to know what it's like to study undergraduate electrical engineering these days. Are students spending a lot of time in labs? If so, what are they doing? Wiring breadboards, using oscilloscopes? Or are they doing more pencil/math work? Does coursework vary much from university to university, or is there a standard EE course of study? Do undergrads specialize in some sub-field? Has the major changed much in the past 20 years? Besides strong math and science, what else can one do to prepare specifically for EE in college?
  2. Hi, DD will be a college sophomore at a private liberal arts college. She began with interests in animal science, languages, and religion, but hasn't chosen her major yet. DH and I want to encourage her, but after experience with our older children choosing a few not-too-practical majors (and having difficulty finding satisfying work), we want to try to help her focus on something that she will not only enjoy, but that will also enable her to earn a living. How do you encourage a young person without coming across as critical or interfering? How do you get them to think practically, and with an eye toward the future (especially in our current economy)? We basically left our older two to choose their own direction, offering wisdom only when it was asked for. But we are concerned that this child will follow a similar path and end up with no more than college debt and a minimum wage job. So what's a parent to do? How have others handled this? Thanks for your advice.
  3. What on earth am should I do about my career choice!? It seems a lot of young adults that are going to be entering college or are already in college are struggling with choosing a career. Most of them are worried about the money they will be making and what to do if they don't make enough. This is what I am very worried about, I don't have the kind of money to waste on a degree that won't be helpful to me in the long run. There are so many people coming out of school with a master's degree and they are working in fast food restuarants because no one will hire them! I am worried that this may happen to me if I choose an overly crowded field. But I don't know what I want to major in!!!! Here is my list of what I wanted to do and might be interested in still doing: I love music and I work with special needs kids already, so I thought why not combine the two and become a music therapist? Well it seems I don't have enough experience in the music field to become one. But this still isn't off my list yet, I could bring myself up to that point and still be able to major in music therapy. I like to take care of kids, (six brothers and sisters) and I thought maybe becoming a pediatric nurse would be a great idea, but I don't meet the requirements for that because I am not so good at math.:tongue_smilie: Then there is biology, I like biology a lot but what can you major in with a biology major? Photography and history are a big favorite as well, I like the American Revolution and in photography I love to capture pictures not just of people posing, but what they do and of nature. I want to do so many things that it just confuses me sometimes, I know I don't have to pick just one career, but my parents would like to pick something so that I have an idea of what I will say to the colleges I am going to be visiting soon. I don't want to just pick any old major, I want it to be something great or close to it. I would like to someday homeschool my own kids so that is something that I have to take into consideration as well. But if I have to support myself for a little bit then I also want to be able to do it. Music plays a big part of my life, so I will do something music in college if I don't major in music therapy, but I just don't know what to do. I can't afford to lose money on a degree and I won't be going to college with an undecided major. To me that just seems pointless and a waste of good money. I know I have posted before on this topic, but I added some more detail to help get to the point of why I need help. Hopefully this will work better:D. Does this make sense? Advice is greatly needed here please!!:bigear:
  4. http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/19/the-college-majors-that-do-best-in-the-job-market/ New York Times May 19, 2011, 12:44 pm The College Majors That Do Best in the Job Market By CATHERINE RAMPELL In my article today on the job market for recent college grads, I mentioned that academic majors seem to have a big effect on whether students are employed — and employed in jobs that use their college degrees — after they graduate. In 2009, the Labor Department’s American Community Survey began asking people what discipline they majored in, if they graduated from college. Andrew Sum, a labor economist at Northeastern University and leading expert on the youth labor market, has analyzed the resulting answers, and then looked at what types of jobs graduates of each major held. If the type of job is one that typically requires a college degree (based on other Labor Department data), he categorized these people as being in the “college labor market.” Here’s a look at his results, which show 2009 employment rates for college alumni under age 25. (We won’t have 2010 data until this summer, unfortunately.) <rest of article at link> Looking at the graphs, I am surprised that the earnings for "physical science" majors are so low, even below those of communication and business majors.
  5. http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/April10/CHERIConference.html I think they mean changed major, not that 50% do not finish any BS/BA. Nice links to research papers in red typeface "Analyzing the factors..." on the right hand side. "Tougher grading is one reason for high STEM dropout rate." "A substantial grading differential exists between science and nonscience courses," said presenter Ben Ost, a third-year Cornell economics Ph.D. student. "Even students who eventually become science majors receive much higher grades in their nonscience courses than their major field courses. This gap in grading standards discourages students from pursuing and completing a science degree." This has relevance to maintaining merit scholarships and applying to jobs/grad schools, where GPA may not be adjusted for major or grade inflation at a particular school, etc. I have seen Chronicle of Higher Education quoted as a source that gives even lower rates of graduating in a stem major.
  6. My dd just found out that the college she'll be attending in the fall is starting a theater major. And she is interested in it. :001_huh: She has a merit scholarship that covers 1/3 of tuition. But we are still on the hook for more than $100k over 4 years for tuition, books, room & board. I am not, not, not willing to pay that amount of money for a degree in theater. No way, no how, never, full stop, period. (can I say this more emphatically? I thought about using all caps but that's so obnoxious). What say you? Since we are paying for this (I can't imagine dd would earn more than about $20k toward it over the 4-year period) is it reasonable for us to say, "You cannot major in that"?
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