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Potential Computer Engineer

  1. Jul 22, 2009 #1
    I am a freshman in college and I'm currently considering all of my options for a major.

    I love math and science, but didn't invest very much of myself into them when I was in high school. Granted, the only subjects that I never got below a B in were science and math, but it wasn't at the forefront of my mind. I love computers and am absolutely fascinated with both hardware and software development, so have been considering a computer engineer major for some time now. I've been asking around, especially my father who has 2 degrees in mathematics, but have yet to find a solid answer to my question: Are math and physics something that you are innately good at (which some people hint at), or if you apply yourself and have a passion for them, you can master and succeed. I find that, especially when it comes to school, if I apply myself and delve earnestly into the work, I catch on very quickly and develop a concrete understanding of the subject matter.

    I mostly want to know if I am setting myself up for failure by dedicating myself to computer engineering. The work load is not what is daunting, but rather the prospect of me simply "not getting it" after an honest attempt. What are some thoughts/experiences of people who never considered themselves a "math" person, but learned and taught themselves to become one?

    Thank you kindly.
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  3. Jul 23, 2009 #2
    Well! If you have interest in computers then surely it's a good idea to become a software developer.
  4. Aug 4, 2009 #3
    I suggest you try reading some books on programming and computers (but you might have done so already), and experiment a bit with different programming languages and see if you find it interesting.

    A little warning though, programming can be quite difficult and daunting at first, but just play around with it to see if this is something you can see yourself doing in the future.

    As for the mathematics, some people might be born with some very special gift, but many others find joy in it simply through practice and interest for the subject.
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