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Might have to change majors.

Posted on: November 20, 2009 11:40 am
 

I shouldn't be open about my personal life, but I trust my favorites and regulars on the Cowboys board enough to do so.


I have originally planned out my future to be a meteorologist because I've been interested in weather since I was a little kid, though I was afraid of thunderstorms at that time. LOL! Anyway, I thought that if everything goes well, I might be able to live a decent life since meterologists make a decent amount of money. Anyway, this semester, though it's going to end in mid December, I've been taking courses that can fill up my transcript because I planned on transfering to Penn State since I hear it's a good place to major in meteorology. The college I'm in now offers a meteorology course that I am currently taking. I like that class and I am acing it. Unfortunately, I'm taking Calculus too. I heard that Calculus is a tough course, but since I am good in math, I thought maybe Calculus really isn't THAT bad. Well, I'm eating crow now. I'm struggling in that course, and that course is what defines my future. Sure, it's my fault that I haven't put in enough effort in that class, but now that I am putting more effort in that class, it still might not be enough. So far, out of the 3 tests I took, I got D's on 2 of them. I got a C on the the latest test because I put more effort into studying. I'll let the rest of the semseter play out, but it looks I'm going to have to change majors. I've realized I were to succeed in Calculus, I would end up struggling in another subject required for meterology. Physics to be exact. I've always struggled in Physics, but I heard Engineering Physics ia A LOT tougher. All the more that I might change majors. I think I might know what to major in next.

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Since: Jun 8, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2009 4:48 pm
 

Might have to change majors.

Too late Life, I dropped the class. The last test I actually got a 58. There was no way I could get up to a C. That's okay though.



Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2009 1:50 pm
 

Might have to change majors.

Just bust your azz and try to squeeze out a C.  From what I have experienced, the real world will take portions of what you have learned in Cal but iyou will probably not need as much of it or any at all day to day.  Intern at the best place possible for your position and after you graduate, your employer would rather choose from one they know rather than an unknown...that is.. if the application qualification is similar to yours.  Or when you graduate with this degree, chose a small market at first to gain experience and then go for a bigger market gig.

In CC, Tx.  we have a small number of Master Degree graduates and generally most people around here only have a high school degree or took a few courses.  I can't imagine from our emplyement pool, we have these Einsteins predicting the weather...instead they are regular people who have better than average grades in college. I have seen plenty of these people who get a gig here that end up in larger market once they gain the experience.

Bust your stones and reduce your time on these boards lol



Since: Jun 8, 2009
Posted on: November 20, 2009 4:02 pm
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Since: Jun 8, 2009
Posted on: November 20, 2009 3:59 pm
 

Might have to change majors.

Sin, I memorize stuff, practice with it a little, and remember it later. It's probably not the smartest way to learn. All I know is that I underestimated and misjudged Calculus.



Since: Jun 8, 2009
Posted on: November 20, 2009 3:56 pm
 

Might have to change majors.

Thanks for your opinions guys, BUT I HATE PHYSICS!! LOL!



Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: November 20, 2009 3:03 pm
 

Might have to change majors.

PAC! Who's not scared of thunderstorms.LOL but only you know what you're good at all I can tell you is follow you Dream kid and go for it. You seems to be a pretty smart guy and that shouldn't be a problem. Being a Meterologist is not a bad gig go for it.lol



Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: November 20, 2009 3:02 pm
 

Might have to change majors.

Pac...  How do you typically learn?  When I ask that, I mean, do you tend to try and memorize stuff and remember it later, or do you break things down (analytical) into to smaller parts, understand them, then reconstruct later in whatever sequence or pattern that is necessary.  There's no right or wrong answer, just two types of learning styles.

Think of it this way...  Some people can only cook by following a good recipe exactly as it's written.  Others will determine what each of the ingredients do or bring to the recipe, then they can either follow the recipe as written or create their own based on what they know about the ingredients and the affect of the ingredients.

If you are an learn analytically, you will probably enjoy Physics 101 in college and excel at it.  If you are a memory learner, you will probably stuggle with it.

Either way and regardless of what some think, Calculus has a great amout of memorization in it, therefore saying that you aren't doing good in Calculus, to me doesn't mean that you won't do good or enjoy Physics.  Physics has some formulas and memorization but is more about analytics in my opinion.

Here is a nice little piece of advice that my dad gave me when I was younger.  Not that I followed it, not that he followed it, but it is even more obvious to me the older I get.

"The trick to having a happy life (related to work) is to choose a job/career that is easy for you, but looks really hard to others."

If you follow that wisdom, it won't guarantee you happiness in your career, but if you do the opposite of what it says, I guarantee you that you will be miserable.


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