Hullo thar, I'm a kid who finished high school a year ago, didn't do anything this one, and will go to college in Europe in three weeks. I also have to declare a major right at the beginning, the sort-of-generally-assumed-but-not-official deadline for this being the 1st of August, and I haven't decided yet. This isn't a terrible disaster, but I simply do not know what choice to make, and was hoping some knowledgeable people might be able to help me out (relatively quickly). Basically, I don't know whether to choose physics(+math), or computer science(+math). I sort-of-know that I *want* to do physics, but I also sort-of-think that I should do computer science, for several reasons. Here's a list of reasons for each major I can think of: Physics: - I think I would enjoy this major more than I'd enjoy CS. I've seen a list of classes for both majors, and with CS I could only see five or so I'd find interesting. The others either seem quite boring or are about things I already know (I'm quite the geek). - Stuff like this excites me. Like, "I absolutely don't get this, but ohmypizza I'd love to get to understand this." - I'm quite ambitious, and quite frankly, physics is simply the harder degree at the university I'm going to. For example, for physics and math you get the whole Calculus I to III series, whereas for CS you get 'Calculus for CS', which makes it kind of obvious that it's watered-down. I like to do hard stuff. (On the other hand, see the second point under CS.) - I can minor in world domination! CS: - Probably better employment opportunities than physics. The jobs I can think of are probably also more enjoyable. I like programming, for example, but I don't much like going into finance, or any such thing. There's also the fact that - other than becoming a professor - many of the things that are in my head of what I'd want to do with my degree in physics are very entrepreneurial in nature, and thus not the only 'plan' I want to have. - Less stress. I have a history of depression, and am fairly certain I'll keep having periods of depression where it's very hard or practically impossible to get stuff done. In light of that, it might be wise to lower my standards a bit (also see the above about entrepreneurial stuff). Though this may be a clear sign that CS is simply not what I want to do, the simple fact is that I'm terrified that I'll end up majoring in physics and then flunk out or won't be able to get a job just because my depression killed that. I also already know (if I may say so) quite a bit of CS. And let's face it, I can do a lot of CS while I'm comfortably seated in my chair in my room, which may be a good or a bad thing for my depression, I seriously don't know. - I can't say I'm super-excited about physics laboratories, although I think this is likely more because of the presentations and the possibility of screwing up in front of people (there's the stress again) than because of the experimenting itself. - Uhm, this is slightly embarrassing, but I've forgotten most of my high school calculus this year, so although I want to do the more advanced calculus classes, I'm worried about those, too. So, uhm, help? I could very much use some specific advice, as long as it's not 'go see a psychiatrist', because I've already been at five of those, so that doesn't seem to work. Other advice about how to make it easier for me to do what I want to do is, of course, appreciated.