# Not sure what I want to do with my life

1. Aug 8, 2005

### .ryan.

Hey guys,
I'm still not sure what I want to do with my life. I'm a senior in High School, and my parents are making me apply to Texas Tech as SOON as applications come out, and I would like to know what I want to major in by then, but that is proving to be quite a problem.

I believe I have some Asperger Syndrome type traits. Mainly the obsession over paricular subjects and photographic memory. As an example, I started lifting weights and watching what I ate about 3 years ago. I became so obsessed that I spent hours on end researching all kinds of information regarding weightlifting and nutrition. I read articles, ordered books, etc. I can tell you anything you need to know from Ketosis to Hypertrophy to Anabolic Steroids(I'm even a moderator a few weightlifting/anabolic sites). During this time, I read through our high school biology book 3 times just wanting to learn more about the human body. I was dead set on becoming a doctor. However, I tore my pec last year. I wasn't able to lift for months, and so I became so discouraged that I quit all the stuff; now the idea of becoming a doctor or even majoring in anything biology/chemistry related repulses me.

GOOD LUCK!!!

4. Aug 9, 2005

### Maxwell

Don't forget that there are A LOT of factors contained in creating a "space ship." NASA needs ALL kinds of engineers -- not just aerospace. If you're not interested in one type of engineering, try another. Look on NASA's website at the job listings.

5. Aug 9, 2005

### zwtipp05

Don't let your parents decide where you are going to college too. That should ultimately be up to you.

6. Aug 9, 2005

### goavs4

Great point and advice. A mechanical engineer gets much of the same education as an aerospace engineer minus some of the more Aero specific courses (fluids, orbital mechanics, etc..). One of my friends from school was a MechE and he is now working at KSC on shuttle ready and return crews. Many people who work at NASA are computer scientists and electrical engineers in addition to mechanical, aerospace, engineering physics etc... In engineering the early years develop a sort of 'universal' skill set used across disciplines and as you move to the higher level classes you can specialize in what interests you most. NASA needs all types as do NASA contractors.