Hello, I am a senior in high school and I have been looking into the field of Mechanical Engineering. I am in a somewhat frustrating position because the program I was confident was right for me now seems somewhat lackluster. My interest lies in Mechanical Engineering because I am intrigued how things work, but the particular field that I wish to end up working in is rather... unique. I want to design weapons and body armor for the United States military. That may seem a ridiculous notion to some but I see it as a wonderful opportunity to help and 'thank' our soldiers for defending our freedom. (Please do not assume that I am so naïve as to have tunnel vision in this regard. I understand that I may not end up doing that particular job; it is just something that interests me. I also understand that my interests and opportunities may change in the future, but my heart is set into the field of engineering. I am confident that my love for it will not change.) The original program I was looking at was a 5-year program that coupled Physics with Engineering. The program is detailed here: http://www.phy.ilstu.edu/programs/engineering_physics/index.shtml. However, after more consideration it seems less of an appealing option. It seems like a somewhat unstable program and I feel I may be better off going through a more structured one. As I said before, my wish it to major in Mechanical Engineering, but I am not entirely sure what I should select as my minor(s). The choice of minors also changes my view on the Engineering Physics program because of the school transfer. Should I decide to choose another school such as Northern Illinois (I assume that the reader has made the connection that I live in Illinois by this point), there would seem to be a few viable options for minors. Physics is an obvious one, and a minor in something along the line of Materials Science / Chemistry seems like a solid option as well. Although it may not tie directly into my selected major, I would like to take a foreign language, but depending on my course schedule / workload this may not be a realistic option. Depending on the school, program, and primary minor I choose, I may be able to double minor to include a foreign language. I do not plan on taking a foreign language as a primary minor. (By primary minor I mean as a single minor coupled with a major.) So, now that I have explained my situation, I am looking for feedback on my options and my views. I would love some advice about what type of minors might suit me best as a Mechanical Engineering major, and in particular, I would like feedback on the idea of taking a foreign language as a minor. Also, I would love to hear of some other types of jobs associated with Mechanical Engineering that you may think I would be interested in. Thanks a lot for reading and responding, and I look forward to reading the feedback!