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Re: Who doesn't want to be an engineer?

In all honesty, I did FIRST all four years of my high school experience simply because it was a fun thing to do.

I will be majoring in Political science at St. Anslem's College, and I am already 1/5th done with my International relations minor

not sure about what jobs are out there for these majors, but I am definitely not goin into engineering or tech sector
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Biochemistry for me. I used to want to be an engineer but I like chem a lot. I do think however that my experience with FIRST and in my engineering class taught me a lot about working with others and professional presentation. I think the lessons learned in FIRST can be applied just about everywhere today. I do still love robotics though, and thus why I'm coming back for the second run at mentoring.
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Re: Who doesn't want to be an engineer?

Personally, elementary education is calling me.

Although they let FLL teams have elementary kids, right?
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Re: Who doesn't want to be an engineer?

I dont have the math skills to be a engineer.

That said, I would like to either major in broadcast journalism, or poli-sci
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I dont have the math skills to be a engineer.
When I read that I wanted to say something encouraging about math not being about skill but just needing some good 'ol fashion hard work, but when I asked the math major in my wing about how he would respond I just had to post it.

"you are a perfect engineer!"

I'm now ready to take flak from all you engineers out there. I hand out with a lot of superior minded math people, and their influence on me has grown. ;p

Honestly though, engineers today use computers and not much math. The difference in school is two or three extra math courses as an engineer or scientist than everyoneone else, at least at my school anyway.
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Re: Who doesn't want to be an engineer?

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When I read that I wanted to say something encouraging about math not being about skill but just needing some good 'ol fashion hard work, but when I asked the math major in my wing about how he would respond I just had to post it.

"you are a perfect engineer!"

I'm now ready to take flak from all you engineers out there. I hand out with a lot of superior minded math people, and their influence on me has grown. ;p

Honestly though, engineers today use computers and not much math. The difference in school is two or three extra math courses as an engineer or scientist than everyoneone else, at least at my school anyway.
I disagree completely. What your friend said was sarcastic - don't develop it more. Being good at math has nothing to do with being able to memorize long formulas or being able to calculate fluid movement. Saying you're good a math is a more general thing - it means you are good at problem solving. It means you can take a problem, take what you are given, and figure out a way to use that information to find what you need. In twenty years, I will have forgotten most of this math stuff involving groups or sets or derivative rules. But what I will have retained is a sense of how to tackle problems and skills to engineer a solution. And that problem-solving skill is what's important. That's engineering.
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Re: Who doesn't want to be an engineer?

I want to become a pychologist or something in medicine. And I am going to join the Navy but not really do an egineering job. This is just a fun thing to do that I call my hobby but it eventually ended up being that school is more of a hobby.
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Re: Who doesn't want to be an engineer?

I love FIRST, and before I got into it I wanted to be a surgeon/vetrinarian. However, what it changed for me wasn't my outlook on my career. I want to be a pediatrician of some sort right now, but what FIRST has given me is a better look at my college interests (Biomedical Engineering). I don't think FIRST will change my medical ambitions, but it has already more than helped me to redefine my passion for problem solving and improve my friendships with people on the team and make friends from all over as well. That's my favorite part of FIRST.
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