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    Maths. Responses tend to be either of the *back away slowly* or the "here, do some mental arithmetic" variety.
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    (Original post by goodwinning)
    Yeah, my bf's dad did English at Oxford and he's doing/done quite well for himself as a lawyer.

    Now, I'm just taking a wild guess here but I think their success may be more to do with the fact that they both got their degrees from Oxbridge than because they did English.
    Well Bristol is the best I thought I could do, so I guess I'll just have to deal with imminent failure if you're right. Not a nice prospect honestly.
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    (Original post by StrayBullet)
    Does anybody else get a 'typical' response?

    I study psychology and almost laugh to myself before mentioning this, simply because I know full well that they will respond by saying something along the lines of; "Oooh, don't figure me out!", "better watch what I say around you then, eh!". Makes me feel like a right manipulative cow!

    Anyone else have similar retorts?
    I get a very 'typical' response and I can tell you, it's very annoying.
    I study Drama in The Community and as soon as I tell someone that, they go from sounding impressed that I'm attending university to sounding like they think I'm wasting my time.
    It's always like "drama? what do you do, just sit around all day and talk about shakespeare?" or "haha, drama?! because pretending to be a tree all day is that hard?" and the classic "look at me, I'm an angry tree"

    I just laugh a long due to the fact I'm too tired from putting the hard work into my course that it demands to argue back.
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    (Original post by HarleenQuinzel)
    Well Bristol is the best I thought I could do, so I guess I'll just have to deal with imminent failure if you're right. Not a nice prospect honestly.
    Don't get me wrong, I don't personally believe that English degree=working in retail. Realistically, there are some subjects that do not make you as employable as others but like every degree it's all about how you apply yourself to maximise your job prospects.


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    (Original post by goodwinning)
    Yeah, my bf's dad did English at Oxford and he's doing/done quite well for himself as a lawyer.

    Now, I'm just taking a wild guess here but I think their success may be more to do with the fact that they both got their degrees from Oxbridge than because they did English.
    Very likely aha
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    (Original post by whorace)
    Oh so you want to be a plumber
    of the ben 10 variety :P
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    (Original post by StrayBullet)
    Does anybody else get a 'typical' response?

    I study psychology and almost laugh to myself before mentioning this, simply because I know full well that they will respond by saying something along the lines of; "Oooh, don't figure me out!", "better watch what I say around you then, eh!". Makes me feel like a right manipulative cow!

    Anyone else have similar retorts?
    I study Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice, so needless to say I get some pretty strange reactions haha

    The one's I get the most are:
    1. So is that serial killers and stuff?
    2. What am I thinking right now then?
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    speech therapy - what I'm applying for ...
    a lot of people don't really know what it is, even my mother (who was a nurse) seems to think it's something about making speeches and just children.
    Or it's looked down upon I guess because people might see it as one of those unimportant health professions that just interfere and piss people off or something - even though it's nothing like that
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    I'm starting audiology

    what I got was 'why do you want to look in ears'
    'I couldn't do that' ... its much more than looking in ears but its not a largely known profession so people try to judge without fully understanding what I'm going into
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    Back when I was doing psychology it was either "ooh can you read my mind?" or "don't most people just do psychology to analyse themselves?"

    My second degree honestly would mostly get blank stares until I explained it. Sometimes the other person would know what it was and it was amazing.

    My job now gets a similar response. Either silence or some sort of noise alluding to it sounding like a fancy title. Rarely do people know what it is.
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    (Original post by LavenderBlueSky88)
    Back when I was doing psychology it was either "ooh can you read my mind?" or "don't most people just do psychology to analyse themselves?"

    My second degree honestly would mostly get blank stares until I explained it. Sometimes the other person would know what it was and it was amazing.

    My job now gets a similar response. Either silence or some sort of noise alluding to it sounding like a fancy title. Rarely do people know what it is.
    What was your degree?
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    I haven't started yet when people ask what I will be studying, it's an 'ohhh right' or some sort of raised eyebrow expression which I can never decipher. It's either mildly impressed or disappoving - probably the latter.
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    (Original post by Zefiros)
    They: "Computer science, is that like IT?"
    Me: "It's like maths."
    They: *gasp*

    Me: "Computer science."
    They: "Good, so if anything if wrong with my PC I can call you."
    I have a friend who does computer science and I must say I am guilty of saying this to them
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    Me: Oh I'm doing education BA
    Person: oh your carrying on education? What course are you doing at university?
    Me:.........
    Person: ?
    Me: Education BA is my degree......
    Me: it's about education as a whole...theorists.....history of education....
    Person:.....
    Me: *sigh* it's childcare
    Person: Ooooooooh! So you want to be a primary school teacher?
    Me: no.....
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    "So you want to be a lawyer?" - Presumptive but logical enough conclusion.

    "Ahhh so you're gonna be rich!" - Again presumptive because the legal profession is being decimated..

    "Ahh you must be smart" - Not particularly, I'm just able to "play the game" as it were throughout my course, you don't have to be particularly brainy to study Law.


    Yeah I study law... the joy
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    "you're going to be somebody's doctor one day?"

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