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Sophie, Boitsfort

AddedSaturday, February 6, 2016 at 12:22 PM

feeling out of place
Hello, I am very worried about my future. I applied for chemical engineering but I don't truly have a passion for it and I feel like if I do go on to study it it will be extremely stressful and since I don't really enjoy it it will be hard to dedicate. I'm very scared engineering will be too hard as well, I recently had an interview in a good university but felt so out of place, everyone around me was a genius. However I know I want to study something in science but I don't want it to be a pure science however I feel like the only options are pure science or engineering. Do you have any suggestion? I am also scared by the fact now there's more and more talk about projects and innovation and being creative and initially i liked science because it is more concrete than other areas but now I'm afraid it will be hard because I am not a very innovative/creative person. Thank you for your help Sophie
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  • Mariam Ismail , Viridis 3D
    Answered Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 12:22 PM
    Hi Sophie, 
    
    Let me first start off by saying all your fears, others feel too! College can be intimidating at first and it's normal to feel things like "I'm not creative enough" "Everyone around me is a genius". But what you need to realize is that you also got accepted to the same program that these other "geniuses" did! Which makes you just as smart if not smarter than they are. Never compare yourself to anyone else. Do your best and work on defeating that voice inside your head that tells you you're not smart enough, or good enough. 
    
    Secondly, my advice to you is to reach out to others that majored in what you're thinking of majoring in. For example, chemical engineers or even chemists. There are a lot of jobs out there for both, but it really depends on what you see yourself doing. Innovation is not the only avenue for an engineer/scientist. There are so many different jobs out there. 
    
    Why don't you tell me what you'd ideally love to do and we can take it from there?
    
    Also, keep in mind you're free to switch majors as often as you'd like. I for one got my BS in Chemistry then switched to Chemical Engineering for my PhD because I wanted something more applied. It's never too late to make the switch :)