After four long years as an engineering undergrad I'm about to change to science.

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I started in '04 in Computer Engineering, and after going through the shock of having no studying habits whatsoever, and the pain of repeating courses that comes with it, I've finally started in my concentration classes. However, it's not what I expected. I have come to realize that what attracts me the most are the fundamentals, the theoretical, instead of the design and application of technologies. Therefore, for the last few weeks I've been seriously considering changing majors, and I've finally decided to jump ship towards Physics. It's funny that something in which I've failed at so much, one could develop a love for. All those those times where I lost sleep understanding things like wave motion and fluids have made me appreciate the beauty behind the processes behind the deduction of such (apparently) complicated principles. So here I am, 22, having seen my friends graduating left and right, some of them even starting their graduate studies, about to start all over again. Hopefully it works out.
 

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good luck to you. not everyone has the courage to do what you're doing.
 
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Best of luck with the new boat. Do you have a timeline in mind for finishing your degree?

Don't sweat your age - at most you're two or three years older than your current classmates and any differences you see will pretty much disappear by the time you graduate. And right now you have the advantage of being motivated and more mature!
 
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I'm doing the exact same thing as you except that I'm in second year and I'm 19. We might look like faliures now but hard work is the key to salvation :) good luck.
 
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Why don't you finish your Computer Engineering? I assume you are graduating soon.
It's better for you to have that degree first just in case physics is not for you in the future. In my view, you're wasting 4 years, not one.
Think about your parents disappointment of forking out 4 years of tuition fees and other supports.
You can do a second degree or Masters in Physics. Think about it carefully.
 
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Why don't you finish your Computer Engineering? I assume you are graduating soon.
It's better for you to have that degree first just in case physics is not for you in the future. In my view, you're wasting 4 years, not one.
Think about your parents disappointment of forking out 4 years of tuition fees and other supports.
You can do a second degree or Masters in Physics. Think about it carefully.
The thing is that I'm not graduating in the next three years (I'm that behind). Also, I'm the one that's paying for my studies, so the burden's on me either way. I'd be entering to only a year and a half span of studies if I do go into Physics, as most of the classes up to the third year, I have passed. The engineering program where I study (UPRM) is pretty huge (168 credits).
 
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Good for you. I'm also struggling with engineering, having repeated courses and now repeating first year... I'm still not sure if engineering is my true passion either because I haven't seen any courses in my particular discipline (electrical) and I was also thinking of just doing physics (although this isn't really a solid idea yet).

Good luck to you!
 
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it's really good ,it's your natural interest from experience,i think your sort of mind(like mine) will enjoy theorotical physics much as it is a studyof most fundamentals of nature
.............good luck and have a nice journey through reality
 
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The thing is that I'm not graduating in the next three years (I'm that behind). Also, I'm the one that's paying for my studies, so the burden's on me either way. I'd be entering to only a year and a half span of studies if I do go into Physics, as most of the classes up to the third year, I have passed. The engineering program where I study (UPRM) is pretty huge (168 credits).
You've been in school 4 years and you have 3 to go? How have you not failed out? Three years is basically the entire engineering curriculum.

Yeah, good luck, but I'm not sure if what you are doing is going to work...
 

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