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What program should I do and where (I’ll elaborate greatly and neatly in the details about myself)

I have some ideas on what to do so I’m not completely lost, but it’s difficult for me to settle into a program because I have so many interests. Additionally, I don’t know where to go to.

Here are the following programs that I am interested in:

  • Computer Science + Minor in Physics/Stats/Applied Math
  • Statistics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Civil, Mechanical, Mechatronic, Aerospace engineering
  • Engineering Physics

Here are some things I look for in a job:

  • Engaging, Interactive, and Creative
  • Good job growth
  • Good pay (Maybe $100,000/a once I’ve got experience)
  • Not very stressful, but I am okay with handling some stress
  • Little to none straining physical activity
  • Providing a service and/or helping others
  • Not the same thing over and over
  • Good environment for introverts

Things I am looking for in terms of universities:

  • Reasonable costs
  • Strong co-op program
  • Good academic and personal support
  • Good environment

Some things about me:

Personally:
  • I love music (I’ve been a pianist for almost 10 years within RCM)
  • My communication skills are not very strong now but are improving
  • I can adapt to different situations
  • I’d say I am a good problem solver but not exceptional
  • I’m quite shy but can still work in a team
School-wise:
  • The applied/theoretical field of CS interests me a lot, but I wouldn’t want to just code for a living.
  • I am strong at math and physics, and love doing both.
  • I am not fully interested in: Chemistry, Electricity, Software, Business/Finance

2 Answers

  1. Comp sci or any math (stats included) will probably offer you the most flexibility in terms of employment prospects. Only go into a niche engineering field if you’re sure that’s where you want to go because there’s less wiggle room to transition to different industries.

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  2. Outside of engineering and comp sci, many schools now have more general first years where you apply to a faculty and don’t declare your major until second semester. That way you can take the prerequisites for the programs you’re interested in and then decide if that’s the program for you. Engineering and Comp Sci won’t give you that option but some schools offer a general first year of Engineering before committing to a stream. You’ll get a taste of all the different engineering streams and some programming so you’ll be able to see if it’s for you. If you decide not, you’ll most likely have most of the first year courses to declare a math major as well. It will be much easier to transfer from Engineering into Comp Sci or Math than the other way round.

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