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Engineering Engineering or Biomedical Science?

  1. Jun 9, 2016 #1
    Here's my dilemma... I have been accepted into both courses. I applied for Engineering first but am afraid I am not smart or driven enough to complete it. It is also 3 hours away from home, therefore, I would have to move out but unfortunately since I don't have a job my Mum has offered to pay for accommodation (I don't want her hard earned money to go to something I feel like I would fail.)
    So I applied for Biomed, I'm not the best at biology either but it was the only other course I was interested in. With this course I can stay at home and keep costs down. It opens a few other doorways as well.

    Everyone expects me to do Engineering because I have been trying to get into it all year. My boyfriends Mum especially is pushing me to do it, I don't want to disappoint her. But I also don't know whether I want to do it anymore and am just letting other people influence me.

    I 've made a lot of mistakes in the past year and all I want is to make my parents proud, what should I do?
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  3. Jun 9, 2016 #2


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    It sounds to me like you're erecting artificial obstacles for yourself.

    What evidence do you have that you are not "smart or driven enough?" Obviously you were capable enough to meet the admission requirements - so you meet the school's standards for the program. It sounds like it's something that you want to do. And it sounds like other people believe in you.

    A course in engineering will be challenging. And, yes, you may find that it's not for you. But the only way to figure this out is to try it. Go for a year. If it's too much of a challenge, buckle down and get through it as best you can and reassess your direction once you're through. A first year engineering program will have a lot in common with other programs, so if you decide to pursue something else, you'll likely be able to finish without adding on any extra time.

    I understand not wanting to let other people down. Be honest with them. Tell them you're expecting this engineering program to be a big challenge. But it could also be a tremendous opportunity for you.

    And with regards to not having a job - there is a solution to that. It involves putting a resume together.
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