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If you could redo college, what major would you choose?

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I did Comp Sci and would do it again a hundred times over. Wish I could have done an Econ double or minor, but the econ department(s) at my alma mater -- Notre Dame -- was a shit show at the time.

In retrospect a double in finance would have been prudent, but honestly I think I would have been bored with it at the time.

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It’s not important what you study in college, because you forget everything once you graduate. I honestly don’t remember anything and I just graduated 2 years ago. You need to keep studying while working etc. But If I would go back in time I would not study. I would save the money I spent on college and I would have invested my time and money more wisely.

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PWC 6 - I'm 4 years out and I absolutely remember and apply principles of what I studied (economics) because I genuinely enjoyed it and was curious about how certain systems worked.

I'm sorry you got such little value out of your degree beyond the official stamp (I do understand it is many people's reality), but that certainly isn't true for lots of people.

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Comp Sci

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P1. Not at all. You must be watching too much Fox “News.”

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Gender Studies

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D39 what utopia do you hail from?

Insert whatever is the easiest major to get a 3.7 and doesn’t distract me from drinking.

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Geology. And today I would be a volcanologist studying the stratovolvacanos of Central America, like Volcán de Fuego in Guatemala (pictured).

I mean, I never *ever* daydream about it while I am stuck on calls for hours on end. No, that would be silly... 🌋

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A2, does he need an intern???

I would have skipped college, joined the military, come out with a better sense of myself and the GI bill, gone to a technical college and learned a skill (electrical, automotive etc) and then gone for my bachelors. I’d be 27, military and vocationally trained, bachelors degree and ready for anything!

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That's sorta the route I took. Did 2 yrs, then 4 Active. Used TA for rest of BA and GI Bill for MBA and some other things. Was 26 when at EAS.

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Music / philosophy / English

The classic triple threat.

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I have 2 music degrees (and an MBA). Wouldn’t trade a thing

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Analytics and data science

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I can see it converging to a highly technical track offered from the business school. It's really a collection of applied sciences.

In 2013, I created my own data science track that involved a set of classes from statistics, computer science and MIS. While I graduated with an MS, I think I would have been more prepared had my statistics courses been more structured like my MIS courses -- more presentations, more business value, and less proving theories. Proving known theories does not prepare you for the ambiguity outside school.

I also think there is a major IT infrastructure piece that most programs are missing. There seems to be so many princess data scientists expecting the data to just be there for them. Then when the model is done, they're out. No idea for sending to production, scaling, monitoring, or CICD/retraining. They even seem to fall short of analyzing its business value and only seem concerned with auc or rmse rather than the true cost of being wrong.

Finance

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I would figure out my passion which is landscaping but more importantly would have gone to a college closer to all I loved -my family, my boyfriend (whom I am seeing now after a 25 year “gap”. I was gifted in math so computer science came easy, it led to success but I am at peace with landscaping....

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Of course

Architecture

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History

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Underwater Basket Weaving

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Above water basket weaving.

Software Engineering and data science

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Econ + Computer Science

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Because, short of performing surgery, you’ll literally be able to do anything

Culinary art

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I did International relations, but would do Philosophy / mathematics now.

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@SC5 philosophy is the systematic study of reason, truth, and knowledge. In academia, courses are generally divided between epistemology, metaphysics, logic and ontology (examples of lattermost being “philosophy of science, language,” etc.); in addition to “adjacent” courses like political philosophy that you might get in political science departments that have particularly strong theoretical bend to their research and coursework. There are even physics and math departments that’ll lecture on the philosophical dimensions of their discipline as a foundational supplement. So, chances are, you’ve probably had some philosophy somewhere in college coursework w/o knowing it :)

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if I was advising someone in school today, I'd tell them to study data science

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Film

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Political Science

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I loved my time and research in my poli sci department.

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