A.J. wrote:It's very hard to explain, but I left each lecture/panel/tour thinking to myself, "Is this really what I want to do?".
Then, last semester, I began to dislike the courses that I was taking. All of it was just deriving formulas and doing calculations that would take a good while each.
I'm not the kind of person who can just sit around all day and do mathematics problems, or repair intricate machinery - it just took me until now to realize it. I've always been more of a creative person than a technical person. I have always casted my creative abilities aside as a hobby.
I want to create things, not maintain them.
That was something that I discovered in my engineering curriculum, half of it I loved, half of it I absolutely despised. I too was more creative than technical but unfortunately I found that there wasn't a lot of room for creativity in my (and probably most) undergraduate programs, some sure but not that kind that I was expecting.
Also, to address your last statement, I've discovered that there are a LOT more opportunities in this world that involve "maintaining" things that there are "creating" things. Wish someone I had been told me that a long time ago because I think with the right mindset certain maintenance and operations position could be a lot of fun.
STR8FXXXINEDGE wrote:Associate: Fine Arts Bachelors: Graphic Design
Graphic Design is what I love. I've been doing it for years and can sit at the computer and get lost in what I'm doing. I can sit here all day and it feels like it's been an hour.
I wish I could have gotten into the Graphic Design program! But, Penn State's is so stringent, you have to be willing to declare it before you even start as a freshman, and unless you want to be there for six years you're pretty much stuck doing it and nothing else besides the required general education courses. You just don't have room for any electives at all.
I can't even take Graphic Design courses that are in my major's curriculum because I'm not in their program! It's ridiculous!
Thankfully, the program that I'm in now is the next best thing, as it's interdisciplinary.
I'm learning to do stuff like this. Robb, is this the sort of thing you used to do?
Didn't enroll for a full college education. Have taken classes at the community college in fine art/art. I have been a working artist (and a starving artist) for a very long time now I have the experience in color and composition, basic design, fiber mixed media, and weaving (looms). As a child I loved mechanical drawing. Really like using a ruler and pencil to make straight lines without tails on the corners. Have graduated to making curved lines.
I started college seeking a degree in Architecture, but then learned reeeealy quickly that it wasn't for me and moved to photography; a major that I think was better suited for me in the first place. (It'd be listed under Arts.)
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