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Studying Life while studying engineering

  1. Mar 17, 2008 #1
    I'm thinking about studying for mechanical engineering, but i'm slightly discouraged by the amount of work people say they have to put forth. but is there really that little amount of free time to hang out with friends and do things you enjoy? i mean, will i still have to for my gf and what not? i'm not really motivated in school but i have a general interest in engineering but i don't know if i can do it if it's going to be that much work.
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  3. Mar 17, 2008 #2


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    It depends on your work ethic, study habits, and your mastery of the material you were supposed to learn in high school. If you have good study habits, good discipline, and paid attention in high school, you'll still be able to have a full social and romantic life. You can do it!

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    You are still able to have a social life and a girlfriend while studying science or engineering.

    But you won't be able to spend every night partying either. It is a lot of work, but it's not impossible and people complete engineering degrees every year and love their choice of career. Good Luck!
  5. Mar 17, 2008 #4
    Im not going to lie, your soical life WILL suffer.
  6. Mar 17, 2008 #5
    Although, it will not be completely nonexistant (although it probably may seem like it at times)
  7. Mar 18, 2008 #6
    its more managable than one might think, assuming your girlfriend doesn't give you too much drama.
  8. Mar 18, 2008 #7
    very true!
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    The engineers at my school are actually notorious party animals... us physicists on the other hand...
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    You are going to have to party less, but you can still party.
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    To be honest, engineering does not sound like a good match for you. Sorry.
  12. Mar 18, 2008 #11
    You know there will be a time in your life when hanging out with your friends and drinking beer won't be nearly as important to you. A little sacrifice today goes a long way in getting you what you really want tomorrow.
  13. Mar 18, 2008 #12
    What DO you really want tomorrow (to OP and Ronnin)?
  14. Mar 18, 2008 #13
    Especially if the majority of your school is male :frown:
  15. Mar 18, 2008 #14
    Less distraction to study harder!
  16. Mar 18, 2008 #15
    A job that pays me lots and lots of money to do cool state of the art stuff.
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    Skizzle, I think you should ask yourself the following question:

    Do I like and enjoy engineering enough to give up part of my social life to study it?

    If you really enjoy engineering, then you probably wouldn't mind giving up some of the social scene in order to study it effectively.

    If you can't see engineering being interesting enough to sacrifice some of the nights at the bar, then engineering is not for you.

    Find the subject for which you can answer "yes" to the above question, and that is most likely the major of choice for you.
  18. Mar 18, 2008 #17
    what would you do if you were in my situation;
    gender: female
    program: EE
    cultural background: very strict parents
    social life: NON existent (no boyfriend)
    but= that's OK, it's temporary, when I get my degree probably some guy will find me?
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    You're doing fine. Keep working hard now, and you will enjoy the rewards in due course.
  20. Mar 18, 2008 #19

    gender: does not matter
    program: does not matter
    cultural background: does not matter
    social life: does not matter

    Also, a boyfriend is not a social life. Its ok if you dont have a social life, however, it is important you have good social skills.
  21. Mar 18, 2008 #20
    That's an important statement. I remember a thread a while back about how to study for (my opinion here) a ridiculous amount of hours per day (end my opinion)

    Many responses were that the OP may be missing out on key aspects of his undergrad life by trying to do literally nothing but study and sustain his health with a bit of sleep and food.

    What I mean is that going out to drink or party is not crucial, but having no social life (possibly meaning no social skills) can be detrimental to your life after college
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