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    Just received my semester 1 result and have gotten all Bs and 1 A. Honestly, i'm not happy about it because i was lucky, especially in one of the course which i have gotten a A, this A was from exam that i have to do on a computer(Java Programming) which is answering multiple questions and i have guessed a fews which have appear to be right otherwise i would have just got a B instead.

    But the main issue lies in myself. Ever since starting semester 2 , i feel it's much harder and diffcuilt in java programming. I forgotten everything from semester 1. I can't even do the basic thing ("the hello world") , honestly i think programming isn't right for me.

    What i do in my spare time or as a hobby is animating , i like drawing,editting and animation and using complicated software to do so , but all of this is irrelevant to computer science , which means i do not spend much time on practising java programming because i just do not like it neither do i have the motivation to do so because it's just very boring... I can get through the logic which is the math part that i really like in computer science but i just can't do the programming at all , especially in semester 2 we doing stuff at immediate level such as the collection,stack,etc . I have bought textbook and attended all lectures and yet i fail to keep up with the knowledge in programming, i did practise in my spare time but it didn't get me any where.

    Before i started studying in this university , i thought about doing animation or maybe a art degree but again, i already have a vast knowledge and experience on these so i decided that it would be a waste of time and even if i do get a degree out from it , it still won't get me to any higher level , but computer science on the other hand , can push me even higher. Also in my last , i can only specialise in AI, software engineering or game development. I planning to do AI when i'm at last year because i'm intrested in robotics and i find it very cool to use the robots lab instead of the computer labs so i can try something new. But i just hope AI doesn't contain lot of programming because i don't like software engineer neither do game development , so i might plan just to get a BSc in just computer science if i ever get there.

    well enough of me ranting on and on , i am hoping to get some advice on where to go. At this moment i feel very bored to keep up with the works so i just do some animating to bring back my mood. Do you guys think i should just switch to a degree to animation? but almost eveyrone in my family know i going to Ai and they are proud of it and if they see i going to animation( something that i really love and enjoy) could be a disaster . Also i have try my best and i know i won't fail becase i could a least get a pass and even resits if necessary for the programming parts because i know they will get harder and harder, i could see why lot of university drop out because of computer science . Java programming isn't for me , i try researching , looking through books , practising and practising and yet i haven't reach to a point where i can program something that i memorise or a least understanding the concept of the program that i have created.
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    Hi,

    I'm very sorry to hear that you're struggling. It sounds like you aren't enjoying your course and that doesn't help with concentration or doing well. Forget about what your family thinks and wants and focus on yourself for a moment. What do you want to do? I wouldn't rule out an animation qualification though my understanding is that you can do a short course which may be cheaper and more beneficial. In terms of where you may get with it, you may have to start at the bottom and work your way up but with experience you will get there. Bear in mind though that you can't put a price on doing what you enjoy. Good luck!
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    (Original post by gtex)
    Just received my semester 1 result and have gotten all Bs and 1 A. Honestly, i'm not happy about it because i was lucky, especially in one of the course which i have gotten a A, this A was from exam that i have to do on a computer(Java Programming) which is answering multiple questions and i have guessed a fews which have appear to be right otherwise i would have just got a B instead.

    But the main issue lies in myself. Ever since starting semester 2 , i feel it's much harder and diffcuilt in java programming. I forgotten everything from semester 1. I can't even do the basic thing ("the hello world" , honestly i think programming isn't right for me.

    What i do in my spare time or as a hobby is animating , i like drawing,editting and animation and using complicated software to do so , but all of this is irrelevant to computer science , which means i do not spend much time on practising java programming because i just do not like it neither do i have the motivation to do so because it's just very boring... I can get through the logic which is the math part that i really like in computer science but i just can't do the programming at all , especially in semester 2 we doing stuff at immediate level such as the collection,stack,etc . I have bought textbook and attended all lectures and yet i fail to keep up with the knowledge in programming, i did practise in my spare time but it didn't get me any where.

    Before i started studying in this university , i thought about doing animation or maybe a art degree but again, i already have a vast knowledge and experience on these so i decided that it would be a waste of time and even if i do get a degree out from it , it still won't get me to any higher level , but computer science on the other hand , can push me even higher. Also in my last , i can only specialise in AI, software engineering or game development. I planning to do AI when i'm at last year because i'm intrested in robotics and i find it very cool to use the robots lab instead of the computer labs so i can try something new. But i just hope AI doesn't contain lot of programming because i don't like software engineer neither do game development , so i might plan just to get a BSc in just computer science if i ever get there.

    well enough of me ranting on and on , i am hoping to get some advice on where to go. At this moment i feel very bored to keep up with the works so i just do some animating to bring back my mood. Do you guys think i should just switch to a degree to animation? but almost eveyrone in my family know i going to Ai and they are proud of it and if they see i going to animation( something that i really love and enjoy) could be a disaster . Also i have try my best and i know i won't fail becase i could a least get a pass and even resits if necessary for the programming parts because i know they will get harder and harder, i could see why lot of university drop out because of computer science . Java programming isn't for me , i try researching , looking through books , practising and practising and yet i haven't reach to a point where i can program something that i memorise or a least understanding the concept of the program that i have created.
    Hey gtex,

    If you know you're going to fail in your current area of studies, why stick with it? As much as your family's opinion may matter to you, I would recommend you do what you know you can do best! You seem to talk about animation as if you want to do it really bad. A degree within Animation can actually benefit for you. If you want a career out of it, I would say go for it! Plus you may never know who you will meet on the way. The degree itself might seem like a waste of time for you but it could built into a portfolio for you when you apply for jobs etc (If you are interested that is).
    All in all, I would recommend you take the subject you are most strongly happy doing.

    If you do choose an animation degree, feel free to check out Ravensbourne.
    We are base in London.

    Hope this helps and goodluck with your decision.
    Kay
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    public class HelloWorld() {

    public static void main (String args[]) {

    System.out.println("Hello World");

    }

    }

    :wink:

    In all honesty though, I would recommend applying to switch course. You're clearly not happy with what you're doing and if it's not for you, you're wasting a lot of money and time. Do what YOU want, not what you think is better because other people think it is, or what other people want you to do. Check out what your uni offers for animation, graphic design, etc... They will probably let you switch, if not now then at the end of the year.
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    I don't think you should be doing a comp sci degree from your post but it is equally possible you don't need to do animation. Would you be happier getting a regular job and building up a portfolio on the side? You may want to look into getting into animation without a degree to see if it's a possible path.
 
 
 
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