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    Hi there, I just want to discuss a small problem.
    I have feelings that I should quit engineering.
    I am currently in my second year of uni studying engineering and over the first year I have gained experience from studying this course. From what I can see, there is a lot of maths/problem solving which I really enjoy about this course. At school I did maths and science at my A levels, so at that point I chose engineering for further studies because it made sense. I really do enjoy the material that I am studying. However I have experienced a major downside of engineering which I really don't like and that is the lack of social interaction in the class and the job itself. Don't get me wrong because I really do like what I am studying but at the same time I hate how it involves no socialising in and out of class. I would classify myself as a social person who loves to go out and meet people, but engineering doesn't seem to support that due to most of the people in my class being quite "geeky" I would say. I feel like engineering is robbing me of my social life and social potential and it's actually very annoying. I feel like it will get worse and eventually I will forced to sacrifice my social self to become more introverted and unsocial which is what I don't want. I heard engineering jobs themselves don't involve much communication and socialising and that what really annoys me.

    Therefore I have had considerations to drop the course if it gets to the point where it's harming my communication skills and social life. Therefore I just need advice on two things.

    1) Is it still possible to study engineering and have great social life and skills? How do I manage my time so I can master both.

    2) If I drop engineering, what course would be good for problem solving/maths but also involves a lot of socialising and communication? Other courses apart from science look interesting but the essay writing annoys me because I have been poor at in the past and in my school days. (Wish I could master it 😀).
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    1) Yes, work hard, play hard is a phrase for a reason. And it's likely just your cohort which isn't social, I know plenty of engineering cohorts that are very social and also very involved with things outside of their course.

    2) I guess Physics or Maths? But they're probably not much better
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    (Original post by Ross23)
    1) Is it still possible to study engineering and have great social life and skills? How do I manage my time so I can master both.

    2) If I drop engineering, what course would be good for problem solving/maths but also involves a lot of socialising and communication? Other courses apart from science look interesting but the essay writing annoys me because I have been poor at in the past and in my school days. (Wish I could master it 😀).
    Hey!

    1) It is absolutely possible to study engineering and have a great social life. To manage your time well, it's imperative to stay organized and to keep on top of your work. From my experience, the majority of engineering students are very social so I wouldn't put down the lack of socializing purely to the degree. There are plenty of societies and clubs you should be able to join which will have regular events.

    2) I can't really help you there, I'm not sure which involves "more" socializing.

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    If that's the case, then why are there lots of "nerds" in our class.
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    (Original post by Ross23)
    Hi there, I just want to discuss a small problem.
    I have feelings that I should quit engineering.
    I am currently in my second year of uni studying engineering and over the first year I have gained experience from studying this course. From what I can see, there is a lot of maths/problem solving which I really enjoy about this course. At school I did maths and science at my A levels, so at that point I chose engineering for further studies because it made sense. I really do enjoy the material that I am studying. However I have experienced a major downside of engineering which I really don't like and that is the lack of social interaction in the class and the job itself. Don't get me wrong because I really do like what I am studying but at the same time I hate how it involves no socialising in and out of class. I would classify myself as a social person who loves to go out and meet people, but engineering doesn't seem to support that due to most of the people in my class being quite "geeky" I would say. I feel like engineering is robbing me of my social life and social potential and it's actually very annoying. I feel like it will get worse and eventually I will forced to sacrifice my social self to become more introverted and unsocial which is what I don't want. I heard engineering jobs themselves don't involve much communication and socialising and that what really annoys me.

    Therefore I have had considerations to drop the course if it gets to the point where it's harming my communication skills and social life. Therefore I just need advice on two things.

    1) Is it still possible to study engineering and have great social life and skills? How do I manage my time so I can master both.

    2) If I drop engineering, what course would be good for problem solving/maths but also involves a lot of socialising and communication? Other courses apart from science look interesting but the essay writing annoys me because I have been poor at in the past and in my school days. (Wish I could master it 😀).
    What make you think that engineering jobs don't involve much communication or interaction? Communication is a key part of engineering, hence why virtually every engineering job advert specifies something along the lines of "good/strong communication skills".

    And yes it certainly is possible to study engineering and have a social life. As a degree it's not any harder than the likes of maths, physics, computer science, economics, law etc. and if you manage your time well you will be able to enjoy a social life.
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    If that's the case, then why are there lots of "nerds" in our class.
    You don't have any friends that you can hang out with after uni ?

    Yes I imagine Uni would be a lot better if you had friends in your class but it doesn't mean you should drop it because of this. If you love the content of your course then stick with it obviously.


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    If that's the case, then why are there lots of "nerds" in our class.
    You'll go far.

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    Get over yourself. If you're putting "social life" above your intended career then you clearly have no passion for what you're study and maybe you should think about reassessing where your priorities lie.
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    If that's the case, then why are there lots of "nerds" in our class.
    Because not every cohort is the same, e.g. my cohort is extremely social, out of 160 people on my course pretty much everyone has a core friend group of 10-20 and is well acquainted with 90+ others, i.e. met them at least a few times and would be able to have a casual conversation with them, if not a couple of pints if the situation arose. On the other hand I know of cohorts where say out of 200 people you might know 40 people reasonably well and have a main friend group of 4 or 5.
 
 
 
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