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So I'm with a real dilemma and I only have a few days to make a choice. My situation is the following: I'm 18 years old and next year I'm going to start university in Canada (Montreal). I have already applied in engineering physics and got accepted. However, the problem is that I'm really A LOT more interested in mathematics (especially mathematical physics or pure mathematics, I have no interest for statistics, finance, computer science, etc.). The only reason I applied in engineering physics is because I've been told that job opportunities in mathematical physics are practically nonexistent. So I took engineering physics because it is the most "mathematical" of engineering majors. However, I made this choice months ago (the limit date to apply for both majors was March 1st) and now I see that the limit date for mathematical physics has been postponed ... and I'm kinda regretting my choice every time I compare the math classes (physics classes are practically the same in both programs) in engineering (only 7 courses in 4 years) vs. the math classes in mathematical physics (+15 classes) so I'm really tempted to change and go to MP, but I'm still discouraged by my family, friends, professors, etc. I can't picture myself not doing analysis, abstract algebra, number theory, etc. which are subjects I've always been interested in.

I would be also very interested to pursue my studies for a master and eventually a Ph.D. Concerning the jobs, any job where I would do mathematics would be perfect for me, and I'm ready to work in another city or country (outside Montreal)...

So my question is the following: should I stick to engineering physics, where I'm a little less motivated but sure to get a good job, or switch to mathematical physics which I prefer...

Thanks a lot !