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  1. Mar 29, 2014 #1
    Hello guys, I live in Brazil and I'm currently in my first year of EE. As you all might already know, here in Brazil, scientists, such as mathematicians and physicists, are very underestimated. Usually, if you are good at math and physics, you are strongly encouraged to do engineering, because that's what gives more money over here. And there is the thing that have been bothering me for some time...
    I've always been very good at math and physics, and even more than that, I always was interested in learning this specific subjects more deeply. When I was in high school, it was very frustrating because seemed like nobody else was like that. When got to engineering I thought I would find more people like me, whom math and physics are the biggest passion on their lives. But instead, the things that I've been hearing are ''How do you know all that stuff?'', ''You like it way too much!'' and such. So in my head, I'm quite in doubt if I am in the place that I really should be... I don't want to do something just because it gives more money, but because I'm passionate about it. There exists the possibility to take an extra year and graduate in physics after completing engineering, so I was thinking to do that, instead of straight switching... I really feel the need to learn things with a theoretical approach, but I can just picture me in the future working as an engineer, and not only that, I don't want to be a teacher in anyway. My biggest dream is to work with research. So what do you guys think I should do?
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  3. Mar 30, 2014 #2

    Meir Achuz

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    If you are really good at it, switch to what you like. You can go to grad school with an EE degree (I did it.),
    but you're better off switching nw.
  4. Mar 30, 2014 #3
    Regardless of what endeavor you choose in your life, you will be teaching someone. It may not be in a formal class setting. You may find yourself mentoring, writing, speaking in public, documenting, and the like. But you will be a teacher.

    No discovery, or feat of design is worth a damn if you can't describe it for others and eventually train someone to replace you. So get over yourself regarding your dislike of teaching. You will never be able to get away from needing to teach, particularly if you're successful.

    Now as to your primary question, you may want to find another school. I'm not suggesting you leave Brazil. It is a big country, with significant resources. However, from what you describe, I get the impression that you need to find people of like mind to help you make that decision. You are not in that crowd, so find it; and you will then figure out what you want to do.
  5. Mar 30, 2014 #4
    What you said Jake, reflects exactly what has been in my mind... I just want to apologize for my misplacement: I don't want to be a teacher in a classroom, giving lectures on things that I love for people that seem to don't be interested at all on that (this is the way people over here seems), and act like they are just there to get money after 5 years, you know what I'm saying? I study in a Federal university here that is highly regarded, but I think that a change of scenery would be a good idea... Thank you very much for your advice.
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