Well, I have an answer: Maintain Foresight. It’s useful regardless of situation. Why did YOU choose this major? The following reasons should NOT be the main reason why you wake up groggy every day.
- The money.
- My parents told me to do it.
- I like math.
Okay, now don’t get all controversial with me. Let me tell you why these are not good reasons.
- You can make a ton more money in other professions. The hefty paycheck is a nice incentive, but should not be the ONLY incentive.
- It’s your life, live it! Your parents want what’s best for you, but if you truly aren’t into the-whole-I’m-doing-math-all-the-time thing, you are probably are in the wrong major (If you can use your abilities to your fullest, I would go for that…most parents just want to see their kids to be successful). Also, I never want to get out of bed saying, “I’m learning heat transfer because my mom-told-me-so.” Sorry, Mom.
- Math is the basis of engineering principles. However, MATH does not equal ENGINEERING. Again, an incentive, but shouldn't be the main reason.
So I’ll admit. I’ve used these answers a time or two. To be honest, these answers do not maintain a strong argument with you or your inquirer. Here are the questions I ask myself:
- What inspired you? Machines? Astronauts? The Shuttles? I always dreamt about being in the flight room during shuttle takeoff; I would probably start smoking if I took that job, haha. My other dream job: the packaging engineer who makes it possible to get everything inside a 2x2x1 box….but never back in once you take it out… I always know that person is semi-genius.
- Who do you look up to? I often refer to the JPL engineer as my reference. But there are certain faculty in MAE, where I say, “I want to be in her place in 15 years…”
These two questions have helped me maintain foresight during a set of homework problems. Where did you come from and where do you want to go? Keep these questions in mind, and nothing will sway you from your dreamsJ.