Choosing a program in materials and chemistry

Hi! I am Jill from the Philippines. I am a 15 year old incoming senior. Here in the Philippines, we have what we call the Big Four Universities. Among those four, I personally prefer University Of The Philippines and Ateneo De Manila University. If I go to ADMU, i'd pay a whole lot of money, and I'd take up a double degree program, w/c is a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with Materials Science and Engineering. Otherwise, I'd go to UP, wherein i'd take Materials Engineering/Industrial Engineering.
I really like Chemistry and the production of cool stuffs really amazes me. Would you recommend those courses that I enumerated considering the interest that I have and the industry and demand we have nowadays? Thank you! :)
posted by Jill , San Jose City, Nueva Ecija, The Philippines on May 2, 2013

Answer by Jennifer Polivka

Hi Jill,

It sounds like you've put a lot of thought into what you want to do with your future and that is really great.  I always encourage those getting ready to go to university to think about what they want to do with their lives -- Like you explained, what school you go to and what you study are sometimes related.  Every school has its strength and weaknesses, and some schools offer programs and degrees that another school does not.  So good job to you for researching the schools you are interested in.

My degree is in Material Science and Engineering and I have an amazing job that involves chemistry and the production of "cool stuffs".  The other people I know that studied Material Science and Engineering with me also found really interesting jobs -- we all ended up in different fields of industry but are all still doing something cool.  So if that's what interests you and you think that is something you want to study, I say go for it!

As for double majoring, it can be difficult to do but a lot of people do it successfully.  It will just mean having to be especially focused on your studies.

Last but not least, although I grew up in the US, my parents are from the Philippines and studied at the universities so I am familiar with both of the colleges that you mention.  Both schools can give you the training and education that you need to be successful in the workplace as long as you work hard and study diligently.

Best of luck,
Jennifer