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    Yo.

    So, I have Asperger's. It seems that the normal place you find autistic people is in the STEM field. However, I'm not doing any STEM subjects; I'm doing History, Lit, Politics, and Law. I intend to do Law at uni.

    It almost feels like I'm going against the natural order of things by not doing STEM? I wonder if I would do better in it than the Humanities.

    For my GCSEs I got an A* in Chemistry, an A in Maths and Physics, and a C in Biology.

    I also got A's in English Language and English Literature, and a B in History.

    Can autistic people be good at the Humanities? Am I squandering talent by not doing STEM? I mean, I do really enjoy my Humanities subjects though. I'm quite good at them too, and I'm aiming for A's. And is Law a profession that would not suit someone with an autistic spectrum disorder?
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    I have an autistic friend who's absolutely amazing at Maths and humanities like politics and history. Go for what you want to do and not what's expected of you.
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    (Original post by Summer_Showers)
    Yo.

    So, I have Asperger's. It seems that the normal place you find autistic people is in the STEM field. However, I'm not doing any STEM subjects; I'm doing History, Lit, Politics, and Law. I intend to do Law at uni.

    It almost feels like I'm going against the natural order of things by not doing STEM? I wonder if I would do better in it than the Humanities.

    For my GCSEs I got an A* in Chemistry, an A in Maths and Physics, and a C in Biology.

    I also got A's in English Language and English Literature, and a B in History.

    Can autistic people be good at the Humanities? Am I squandering talent by not doing STEM? I mean, I do really enjoy my Humanities subjects though. I'm quite good at them too, and I'm aiming for A's. And is Law a profession that would not suit someone with an autistic spectrum disorder?
    There should be no 'natural order' when it comes to the autistic spectrum in my opinion. Aspies doing STEM subjects seem to have become somewhat of a stereotype even though it is true that some are naturally better at STEM. You're not 'squandering talent', you're doing subjects that fit what you love and that is far more important.

    I have Aspergers too and am now doing A2 level Sociology, Psychology and Film Studies. I tried doing STEM (Maths, Chem, Bio) and didn't do very well (UUE). I've now found subjects that I love doing and am far better at (I got ABC last year).

    Don't do something because you think you should... do something because you love doing it and it is going to get you where you wanna go.

    Best of luck
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    My problem now is that I've romanticised the idea of STEM as something very noble where you learn the secrets of the universe and pave the way forward for humanity's progress, and Law as just some man-made bush of tangles that is frustrating to deal with that forces you to pay extortionate amounts of money to greedy lawyers, enabling the manipulation of regular people by rich businessmen.

    Can someone tell me what STEM is really like? It's much more mundane and unfulfilling than what I imagine it to be, right? That would make me feel a bit better.
 
 
 
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