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    (Original post by innerhollow)
    My degree choices ended up being like a homogenous catalyst- they went through several changes, but went back to the original by the end of it. A nice full circle . Chemical Engineering was the first time I'd really thought "Wow here's a subject I'd actually like to do at uni". After that I considered several other subjects (i.e. Chemistry, Biochemistry, Civil Engineering, Economics, Maths, Medicine, Physics) and at one point had provisionally decided on doing a Chemistry degree instead, but in the end I was always going to end up doing Chemical Engineering. It's the only subject for me
    That's like me!
    I went into secondary school *knowing* I was going to do an English degree, but started seriously considering Medicine in year 10, took science AS levels and English, then switched back to English.
    That might have something to do with the fact that I absolutely loathed Biology and Chemistry, but really, I can't actually do a degree other than English. The Creative Writing part is just for me to force myself to write consistently.
    Part of me wants to do Psychology and even more randomly, drama! But I plan on joining a drama/musical theatre society at uni and I can read Psychology journals if I want to be disgustingly geeky in my spare time.
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    Years 10 and 11 - Medicine/Forensic Science/Cosmetic Science (I was idealistic and didn't think things through)
    Beginning of year 12 - Biology/Maths/Economics/Accouting/Computer Science/ICT
    Middle of Year 12 - History of Art/Law/History/Politics/International Relations/Anthropolgy/Classical Studies/Civilisation/PPE
    End of year 12 - Politics
    Now (year 13) - Applying to study Politics (look at my sig), and very happy that I've made the right decision :-D
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    (Original post by zee757)
    I became really political and politically aware in year 11 and knew that I wanted to study politics, so I took it for A levels to see how it was and now i'm doing it at uni
    Same here! Though I am applying to study it, I am in year 13 at the moment
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    Considered: Sound Engineering, Journalism, Literature, Philosophy, Economics, History...
    Played it safe and settled on Law, regretting it a little.
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    (Original post by diamonddust)
    That's like me!
    I went into secondary school *knowing* I was going to do an English degree, but started seriously considering Medicine in year 10, took science AS levels and English, then switched back to English.
    That might have something to do with the fact that I absolutely loathed Biology and Chemistry, but really, I can't actually do a degree other than English.
    I had an almost identical situation, but with Art. I knew that all I ever wanted to study was English, but at some point at the beginning of year 12 became, for reasons known neither to gods nor men, grossly deluded and decided that I wanted to be an Art student. I got all excited about being bundled off to Art college, until one day I started to have doubts, and then whilst talking it over with my mother had an epiphany (well, not exactly, but you get the picture) and realised that, shock horror, a life of Art-dom was not for me.

    Seems I made the right choice. I got a C in AS art (Not so bad, but my others were all high As, so it was a bit of an anomaly - indicating it perhaps wasn't really me!), I would have faced higher tuition fees due to taking a year out for a foundation course year, and I've felt so much happier since living an Art-free life (I dropped it after AS)

    I think the problem was that I lost sight of why I took art in the first place - so that I could do something creative in my timetable - writing wasn't an available option. Now that I've dropped art, I finally have so much more time to pursue my real passion - creative writing - and I'm so much cheerier because of it. Now fingers crossed for some offers...
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    (Original post by Smack)
    No.



    Again, no.

    In university engineering things are nearly always done in ideal or fairly ideal conditions; this is because university "engineering" is more about mathematical analysis than proper engineering and several mathematical analysis questions can be given in the space of a few hours if these in are ideal or close to idea conditions. Whereas a real-world engineering problem could take days or even weeks to solve, and may require a team of people.



    Without an engineering degree you almost certainly won't be an engineer. The engineering positions in the companies I'm looking at are simply not open to physics graduates. And if they were then you'd have a hard time selling yourself to them if your degree wasn't in engineering.

    Physicists have a different skill-set from engineers and are thus valuable in other roles such as research, and if you really love the theoretical side of physics then engineering isn't really for you, as you're just as likely to be spending your time dealing with suppliers, meetings, selecting suitable components from large lists and witnessing testing of products than you are doing calculations. Physicists are hugely important in engineering and technology and I'm sure you'd get an appropriate role within an engineering firm.

    You could get into engineering with an appropriate MSc, although you'd most likely have to fund this yourself and MScs aren't cheap - the good ones at my university cost over 15K. So if you really want to be an engineer then do an engineering undergrad! No need for expensive MScs and straight into the world of work after an MEng!
    which university is this?
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    Yeah multiple times! Even applied for one degree and then changed my mind and withdrew.
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    I wanted to do Biology in Y11, reluctantly took Chemistry at AS because I knew it would be for the best.

    Now dislike Biology, intend to do a Chemistry degree. Heh.

    There's a part inside of me wishes I could have done a european languages degree though.
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    i originally wanted to be a games journalist in year 11 or a game designer, the only thing thats changed is that i kept an open mind to programming despite what others said about it and decided to just go for computer science. I think i made the best choice possible as i enjoy it a lot more than IT. Back then i wouldn't of touched coding, i have posts on here which describe how i was refusing to look at coding simply because my sister kept putting me off the idea of programming because she only saw programmers in her workplace rather than at places like microsoft or more specialist places where people really enjoy the same things as me. Personally im glad i didnt pick games journalism as it seems like i could do it as a side project if i really want to.
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    Year 10 - Architecture
    Year 11 - History / English
    Year 12 - Ancient History to American Studies to Anthropology to History and finally Geography
 
 
 
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