But none of you should feel this way. Why?
- You must begin somewhere. You can't reach the upper-div engineering classes without taking the prerequisites.
- You'll only change you major if you are thinking about changing your major. I recieved this advice from my first female engineering mentor. It was a huge sigh of relief for myself. To be honest, I don't know what other majors I would do.
- Everyone has the ability to change majors and careers. Even Isaac Newton considered himself to be a master of many different disciplines. Nobody is going to say, "Well you said you were an engineering, and you must continue since you are bound by your previous statement.*" Even throughout engineers' careers, they may move into business, management, finance, or even education. Don't think your career is bounded....like y=tanx. :-)
- Engineering is a mindset, not a degree. There are some people who I would consider engineers by the amount of experience and ability to create inventions and ideas. Also, having straight A's does NOT make you a credible source for a bridge project over the San Francisco Bay. It takes training and experience to become well versed in the discipline, but that doesn't mean that less-experienced engineers should not call themselves so^.
*Not unless this is a legal contract, when that's a whole different story.
^ Reminder, there is also the legal distinction between real "Professional Engineers" and "Engineers-in-Training." Many do not become PEs, but EITs are not any less worthy/valuable.