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PieceOfPi

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I just finished my first year at a university, and I'm kind of clueless when it comes to finding out what I want to do after college.

When I first entered the university, I was a biochemistry major, thinking about either becoming a doctor, a pharmacist, or a medical researcher. But as the school year went on, I found mathematics to be a lot more interesting, and biochemistry to be less interesting, so I switched my major to mathematics.

During my first year, I took intro to DiffEq, linear algebra, vector calculus, number theory, and elementary analysis, and I've received A's in all of those classes, and I've also completed the "core" requirement for my math major.

So far, I've liked both pure and applied aspects of math; I like learning about new theory, and application of that theory as well. If I want to do bare minimum, I only need 4 more quarters of math, but I'm certainly going to take far more than the minimum requirement. Also, I'm thinking of double majoring in physics, because I really liked physics in high school (I found this out second semester of my senior year... what a good timing). So starting this term, I'll be taking the first-year physics course (calculus based, of course) to see if I still like this subject, and have an energy to complete physics major on top of my math major.

But the problem is, as I've stated on the title, I'm still not so sure what I want to in future yet. It seems like I've got a lot of options, but all of them come with some conditions.

So here are what I've thought so far:

**I. Academics**

I'm friend with some graduate students, and people who are thinking of going to grad school, and right now I want to go to grad school as well. I don't know in what field yet (probably either math or physics), but doing research in an area that I'm interested sounds fun. But I also realize that there are many Ph. D holders than the number of jobs available, and I wouldn't know if I really like working in academia, so I might want to have a back-up plan as well.

**II. Engineering**

After reading some threads on here (note that I just found this site recently, as you can tell from my # of posts), engineering sounds like something that I should at least give a thought. The problem is, though, the school I go to does not have an engineering program at all, and from reading here, it seems like it's extremely challenging to go from non-engineering degree in undergrad to an engineering degree in a grad school. The local community college offers some pre-engineering classes (statics, dynamics, etc.), but I don't know if taking those classes, alongside of math and physics classes, are enough. Furthermore, I don't know which area of engineering interests me, so this option seems to need a lot more thinking.

**III. Teaching**

I've been doing some math tutoring job, and it's been quite a fun. But I don't know if I really want to work in K-12 (I might prefer community college), and my greedy mind wants to earn a little more than an average teacher (Note that I don't

*need*to be filthy rich, but I do want a relatively good-paying job). But if I found out teaching is something that I'm really passionate about, I won't talk much about the money.

So far, these are the only things that I can think of. Obviously, I don't know that much about my options that is available to me yet, and it would be nice if you can give me some advice on either what I'm thinking

*and/or*what I haven't mentioned here. Also, feel free to ask any question to me if you have one.

And one last thing, I don't really want to become an actuary or work in a financial sector. They might pay you well, but the work condition isn't appealing to me (but who knows? They might be actually interesting than I think they are).