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Trouble deciding which courses to drop

Here’s how my Grade 12 schedule looks like:
  1. Advanced Functions
  2. Computer Engineering
  3. English
  4. Visual Art
My second semester:
  1. Calculus
  2. Physics
  3. Chemistry
  4. Computer Science
My goal is to apply to computer science, engineering, or architecture. I’d say I’m a pretty good student, achieving high 80s and mid 90s in past years. My initial thoughts were to drop 1 of the three elective courses; art, engineering or computer science. I initially wanted to drop either art or engineering, but considering how heavy next semester seems I felt like I had to drop that, despite me really enjoying coding. I’m pretty sure all of these courses can give me a 94+ average, except for art which remains subjective but I have a really highly skilled abilities in. That brings me to my next point, however, and it might sound dumb. I’m a digital painter as my passion, and I almost want to drop computer engineering/art this year so I can have time to focus my own time for improving my art skills. My goal is to become a young professional artist, and my mentality is that I want to garner more time to paint while I’m young — I can’t wait 2-3 years until university, or an adult, when I’ll probably have a much busier workload. I know this mentality might be warped, not considering my future. So on the other hand, I realize, this is potentially freeing myself from my academic goals by letting go a course I could get a 90+ in, and maybe having a 6 vs 7 course load will determine if I have a high salary job. Maybe it’s the smart decision to also give more study time for English and Math. So I need some advice telling me if I’m being incredibly selfish here, or if it’s good to garner more time to paint and follow my passion.  

2 Answers

  1. Probably art since that’s the least relevant to the careerpath that you’re pursuing, but comp eng. and comp sci. are heavy courses and neither are prereqs for applying to university programs so that’s something to consider.

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  2. Drop the Visual Arts course. Everything else you took is pretty much what is required for prerequisite examination once you apply for these programs. Then again, if the Arts are your passion then you shouldn’t exactly discard them from your interest catalog.

    I would advise however to not major in any liberal art/social science program. Those degrees are useless, even after the graduate level most of the time. You can pursue your digital art hobbies as a part-time thing, but as a main career focus, you really can do better.

    I excel in many things – namely piano, basketball, chess, writing film critics, etc. But do I want them as my life focus? No. I can do these things I enjoy on the side, while my real job will revolve around a real discipline with real job opportunities.

    Nobody is trying to sound like an arrogant pompous jerk here. Just try to determine if what interests you is something you want to do for the rest of your life, and whether it’s really worth it.

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