How do you know you're doing the right degree?

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I'm only in my first year, doing a Psychology BSc, but I'm in a similar position. While I enjoy what I'm doing to a certain extent, I do feel like a bit of a sheep since everyone's doing Psychology at the moment. I love all the quirky, rare and unknown aspects of psychology - e.g the psychology of pain, emotion and neuropsychological aspects; but when it comes to my course, half of these we can't even do unless we do a masters in something specifically - in 3 years time.

I just feel like the generic course is incredibly boring, and I've completely lost motivation for it. I enjoy probably one module out of three I'm doing this term (the course really lacks intensity also, which I can't stand). It makes me think if I were better off doing another one of my A-Level subjects.

I think I'll stick with it though, after all, it could get better. You thought of perhaps doing another degree after this one? You may have the chance to just get in there before tuition fees change.
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I'm pretty sure I'm destined to write, but I switched at the last minute to a science foundation year in a moment of sheer panic at the prospect of a jobless post-graduation life. My course is fascinating, but I have the constant nagging feeling that science is cold and bleak compared to the creative beauty of language and writing. Still, I'll definitely try to meld my course and writing together in some way.

Just so you know, this isn't representative of my best writing :P I'm having a day rather devoid of writing flair.
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I definitely understand the feeling of being sad that you can't do everything, or feeling like you're neglecting other interests. I'd say try and join a Creative Writing/music/art/whatever club in your spare time, but you've said you don't have enough time for it at the moment. Would you be interested in doing something else as postgraduate after your degree, or are you not planning to do postgrad atm?

If you can, it might be worthwhile setting aside a little bit of time for something creative each week if you can. If nothing else, if you keep working and working on something you're not particularly enjoying, eventually it's quite easy to lose motivation and just stop caring, so it can be good to have a break and do something completely separate for a while. Although possibly easier said than done!

(Original post by staring.space)
I'm only in my first year, doing a Psychology BSc, but I'm in a similar position. While I enjoy what I'm doing to a certain extent, I do feel like a bit of a sheep since everyone's doing Psychology at the moment. I love all the quirky, rare and unknown aspects of psychology - e.g the psychology of pain, emotion and neuropsychological aspects; but when it comes to my course, half of these we can't even do unless we do a masters in something specifically - in 3 years time.

I just feel like the generic course is incredibly boring, and I've completely lost motivation for it. I enjoy probably one module out of three I'm doing this term (the course really lacks intensity also, which I can't stand). It makes me think if I were better off doing another one of my A-Level subjects.

I think I'll stick with it though, after all, it could get better. You thought of perhaps doing another degree after this one? You may have the chance to just get in there before tuition fees change.
I feel exactly the same as this, and I am doing Psychology too. There are parts of it that I really love - we had to design a studentship application as part of a portfolio earlier this [academic] year, and I would quite happily have researched the topic I chose for ages. But the areas I love are the far more specialised areas that you cover only very basically during undergraduate courses (for me it is Forensic Psychology - we do a module in it, but it's very basic).

And there are parts of my degree that I hate, and it makes me wonder why I actually chose this degree. I'm doing Psychology with Clinical Psychology, so obviously went into my degree thinking I'd really enjoy that. And now I don't have a whole lot of interest in it at the moment, there's a few parts of it that interest me but nowhere near to the degree I did.

I look at other undergraduate courses sometimes though and just wish I'd applied for those instead!
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I had the same issue of being an all-rounder at school. I picked the more sciency route because I knew I could only really do that through a degree whereas the arts side - reading, painting, drawing, knitting :tongue: - I could do as a hobby, and I think I enjoy the arty stuff more because I'm doing it for me rather than for an assignment.
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i applied for medicine, got 2 offers, and had these feeling about my "true calling" being maths.

so i reapplied for maths. couldn't be happier
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I think if you can see yourself having an enjoyable future in your subject area, whether that's a career, postgrad or both, you're on the right course. If you're struggling to come up with ideas of what to do after your course, it's possibly not right for you.
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(Original post by isabellee)
I'm in my third year of studying Biochemistry at quite an intense uni and although I do generally enjoy it, lately I've been wondering how I can be sure it's the right course for me.
This is going to sound really arrogant but oh well this is only the internet. I was good at everything at school. I was top of the class (granted, I went to an average comprehensive) and genuinely loved all of my GCSE subjects: sciences, languages, English and played various sports to a high level outside of school. But art was my favourite subject by far; I'd skip other classes to paint and would lose myself for hours in the art room. Choosing my A levels was so hard but I dropped art, since everyone told me it wouldn't be useful for unis and would take up too much time. Spanish was my favourite A level but for some reason I decided to study Biochemistry. It seemed more practical and I figured I could just go live in Spain for a while so studying it at uni would be a waste. Anyway, I do really enjoy my course. I love being pushed to my limits and rational thinking etc but I feel like I've completely neglected my creative side. I used to love reading and poetry and art but I just don't have time for that on top of my course.

I'm not really sure what I'm asking, I guess I feel kind of sad that I can't do everything. Anyone else feel this way or are you completely at ease with your choices?
By the sounds of it, you are really enjoying your course and there is no doubt that Biochemistry is a useful and worthwhile degree. For these reasons, I think that you are doing the right degree. Some people do enjoy many things and therefore there may be a number of degrees that are the right degree for them. You can't study everything so you should be pleased that you did pick a degree you enjoy.

Don't worry about neglecting your creative side. Although you may be very busy with your course at the moment, there is no reason why you should not be able to engage in more creative things such as poetry and art later on. You say that you are very busy with your course at the moment, but I am sure that you still have some free time. In which case, why not try a bit of something arty? If you are able to cope with a biochemistry degree, you must be able to manage your time well to a certain extent and provided you plan your time effectively I see no reason why you cannot fit an hour or two or something artistic and creative once a week.

Don't be sad that you cannot do everything. You have your whole life ahead of you to explore and enjoy other things. It is not just about what you study at university.
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So it was you! You're the ******* that stole all my talent and made mediocre at everything at school. And now you have the gall to come asking for advice? WELL **** YOU!!

Nah seriously, don't worry about it. Stuff like art & languages are more closely linked to talent & passion for them than uni style training, whereas doing biochemistry without a degree (I imagine) will be difficult. Set aside an hour or so every day or two to do something creative, anything that doesn't involve your course. Then after uni when you aren't so hectic you'll have the practical degree and can then rediscover your creative side.
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I'm only in first year, and haven't started 2nd semester yet, but I'm really enjoying my course, I'm good at it and I know it useful so I've not had any doubts. Although a few people in my year have - mainly because they aren't doing so well in it (or maybe because they are doubting it, they aren't doing so well). I think what is important is that you're good at it, which it sounds like you are.

Could you not do creative things outside your classes, like maybe joining societies or whatever. I suppose it is annoying you can't do everything. I have a few unrestricted credits though, so if I want I can keep up a language, or do something more creative or something more analytical. So it isn't all one subject.
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i switched from economics to a humanities subject. much more creative
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have you joined your university paper/journalism society, that might help you with future job prospects also it is very common to have a science degree and write too, many people go into scientific writing
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The degree with the higher average earnings are the most right degrees. So sayeth the law of capitalism.
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