Epi College Fair 📚

  • Which major have you chosen to study (will or are)?
    I majored in SpEd - I graduated 2 years ago and teach a severe autism class (not all in my major do this, just my personal preference)

  • What are some career opportunities with the major?
    teaching (special education), most school/clinic-based therapies with additional degrees (speech, OT, PT, OM, TVI, DHH), ed psych, behavior intervention, lots of others

  • Did you always know you wanted to study that? How did you find out?
    no, I’d honestly never met a PWD until I went to college. I went to a small, private school with only neurotypical peers. In college I started working with a group on campus and loved it and ended up switching my major.

  • Can you describe/ summarize what the major consists of?
    there’s two branches in this major. basically, one will prepare you to teach students with specific learning disabilities (dyslexia, dysgraphia, etc.) who spend most of their day in regular classes but need extra help in reading, math, etc. for that major you learn a lot of reading strategies, how to run small groups, how to work with a co-teacher, and other things like that. the other branch prepares you to teach students with more severe or developmental disabilities - sometimes called a life skills class. in that branch you learn strategies for teaching kids with severe cognitive deficits, behavior management, communication (like communicating via ipad, eyegaze, visuals) training, laws surrounding special ed, and lots and lots of case studies haha. both branches (really any education degree) has you do 3 semesters of a mix of university classes and on-site field experience with the last semester being a full-time placement in a classroom where you eventually take over as lead teacher.

  • Any other details you’d like to add?
    The job market is insane for special ed teachers (because it’s so hard haha), which is a really good thing right now in this economic climate. I also get paid what teachers with a masters (I only have my undergrad) get paid, which is really nice haha. My university classes were pretty easy compared to my friends who were doing bio, chem, etc - most ed majors do a lot of reading articles, discussing/analyzing, on-site evaluations, etc. which is a nice change from intense exams. It’s definitely not for everyone, but I really like it haha.

3 Likes

This sounds very interesting, they have those programs in my school and I never questioned how they actually worked. I’m glad you found a major you love :sweat_smile: Thank you so much :blush:

2 Likes

Eee thx for tagging me @episodemichi this is lowkey my favorite subject

TLDR: I love my major and gave as much detail as I could without revealing my top secret identity.

  1. Which major have you chosen to study (will or are)?
    My major is global international relations and I’m a third year student. (I’m taking a year off for Covid, but whatever.) Specifically, I study crisis management and the media’s impact on foreign policy. I was supposed to be double minoring in economics and Japanese, but sometimes things don’t go as planned. (Thanks, Covid!) My specific major is extremely unique and there’s not another program like it on the planet, so if you want specific details, I’d be happy to explain, but also don’t want any personal info left out on the interwebs. (Pictures of me will come up with googling my specific program. It had a 5% acceptance rate my freshman year and has only decreased since.)
  2. What are some career opportunities with the major?
    Government, international business, international law, think tank, academia (becoming a professor), NGOs, Peace Corps, military.
  3. Did you always know you wanted to study that? How did you find out?
    I’ve always been obsessed with history and international politics. Model UN was my thing in high school. I was president of the club for two years, executive committee one year, head delegate 3 years, vice president one year. I had plenty of awards in it. I was always obsessed with international relations. There really was no other option. My parents tried to talk me out of it, but three years later, here we sit and I couldn’t imagine another path.
  4. Can you describe/ summarize what the major consists of?
    Diplomacy. Specifically, it’s the study of the interactions between governments. It’s a social science. You have to study foreign languages (I speak three languages), political/IR theory, world history, economics, classes pertaining to culture, etc. My specific focus is crisis-based, so a lot of my classes have to do with mitigating international incidents. Furthermore, my thesis is on the media and online grassroots movements, so my thesis advisor actually studies journalism. This is not a get-out-of-STEM-free card. I have to take classes both in math and science. Most schools offering this are going to be liberal arts, meaning you have to take a bit of everything to fill humanities requirements.
  5. Any other details you’d like to add?
    When looking for a major, look for something that you’re passionate and makes you happy. It’s really easy to burnout very quickly if you don’t like what you’re studying. Even within the field I’m studying, certain classes have been challenging due to my lack of interest in the course material. Furthermore, my specific major requires around a hundred pages of reading per night. In terms of workload, I once wrote 50 pages in three days. (I had 12 papers due over the course of two weeks and one of my professors was out to get me, so don’t read too much into that.) My major also would not be suited to someone who thinks that studying diplomacy means they can save the world. International relations is frequently mistaken as a major dedicated to helping to solve global issues. It isn’t. You’re an observer and you promote the values of your country or organization. I wouldn’t recommend the major to someone unable to separate their political opinions from their career. A lot of people wash out because they go in thinking they can save the world. It’s not gonna happen with an IR degree. Regardless, I adore my major. I’ve gotten to live in another country and explore the world in ways I didn’t think I ever would. Covid is totally relevant to my major and almost all of my classes last semester required essays relating to the pandemic. Global issues are paramount and you’ll explore them like you never have before.
2 Likes

Awwww. Question! So you’re gonna do this after college?

1 Like

That’s what I’m currently taking a year off from doing. If you’re wondering about my career plans I’d be happy to talk to you about it over DM, lol.

1 Like

SIIIII

1 Like
  • Which major have you chosen to study (will or are)?
    Business Administration in Management
  • What are some career opportunities with the major?
    A lot of jobs require a bachelors degree in business, and it’s great if you want to get a second degree (in my opinion it’s not worth much if you don’t have skills or qualifications in something else). But for me, I want to do an art related degree later on, most likely fashion marketing or graphic design.
  • Did you always know you wanted to study that? How did you find out?
    No, I wanted to go to art school, but as I got older to me it made more sense to get a more practical degree first (I have the privilege because I have no college debt). So I decided to go for business, I want an MBA later on but I’m trying to focus on one thing at a time.
  • Can you describe/ summarize what the major consists of?
    Well my school doesn’t have work study, unfortunately. But most of my classes are related to business, economics and finance.
    A lot of classes require you to have arithmetical skills, communication/writing skills, cognitive skills ect. Don’t take this major if you’re not willing to be exercise all of those things, A lot of people come into business thinking they can completely neglect math and english. But those are EXTREMELY important in this field. You will be required to write a lot of financial statements, memorize formulas (profit, cost, demand, supply just to name a few) even construct graphs (which usually require equations) and economics??? that’s GRAPHS GRAPHS GRAPHS! You’ll also need to write a lot of case studies, business plans and plan presentations. That was the majority of my second year
  • Any other details you’d like to add?
    I love uni, when it comes to business related classes, I actually enjoy them. When it come to subjects like Accounts (I HATE them). But campus life is really cool, you meet lots of new people, some from different countries. Academics aside it’s a really great experience.
1 Like
  1. Which major have you chosen to study (will or are)?
    I’m currently majoring in Architecture, First year.
  2. What are some career opportunities with the major?
    Well…you can become an architect, Or You can become professor who teaches architecture. there isn’t that much really.
  3. Did you always know you wanted to study that? How did you find out?
    I’ve been facsinated by different styles of building in different eras and places so I guess I always have wanted to study that.
    I think I found out when I visited India and the buildings are just beautifull and I knew I had to do smtg in life realated to that.
  4. Can you describe/ summarize what the major consists of?
    Basically how to plan layouts of houses and buildings etc. we will study bout the theory and history of different designs. math is super important and creativity as well. there is quite a bit of drawing, like about perspective and everything and I’ve seen your gorgeous art so u might have an upper hand at this
  5. Any other details you’d like to add?
    like @lostintranslation said ONLY chose a major if you are highly interested in it and/or have a passion for it. Dont chose a Major cuz it might guarantee high pay or status and what not, Its gonna stress the hell out of you

good luck and dont set a major rn just be open with your options and chose with an open mind :heart:

3 Likes

@BluMoon

1 Like

Computer science seems like something I could like, thanks for your help :sweat_smile:

1 Like

I’ve never heard of the major and it sounds amazing, I hope I could feel as hyped and determined as you when I find, well the major.

Also, dang Japanese that’s so cool :relieved:

1 Like

This is actually something I am inclined to mainly because I want to be an entrepreneur but work in science as well :pensive:

1 Like

Hehe, architecture is definitely not my thing :sweat_smile: My drawings :dizzy_face:

Thanks though :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

1 Like

You can totally do both, if you’re determined it’s never too late to explore your options

1 Like

You think so? I’ll have to investigate more in both then :slight_smile:

He he I get it! Good luck on finding a major that suits you!

Yes, the human mind is an interesting and incomprehensible thing, thank you very much for sharing! This is a very interesting and incomprehensible topic. Recently I was preparing a research paper on this subject and faced the problem of the uniqueness of my article since I took a lot of information from the resources that can be found in the public domain. https://www.paraphraseservices.com/ this service helped me solve this problem. Paraphrasing is the best solution if you need to make your work more unique.

Heeey~ I’m currently a college senior majoring in BS Architecture! don’t worry choosing what you wanna major in is scary, but I hope this helps you in finding what you really want! ^^

@episodemichi yoooo thanks for tagging me in this! <3

  1. Which major have you chosen to study (will or are)?
  • I’m a college senior majoring in BS Architecture, i’m supposed to graduate this year, buuuuut I’m taking my minors since I failed them on my first take due to my thesis.
  1. What are some career opportunities with the major?
  • More or less, I’m going to be an Architect, which is basically the jack-of-all-trades in the construction industry because we’re required to be the client’s agents, consultants for initial and final drafts; consult and meet halfway with engineers; manage some of the construction schedules, aide other architects… so on so forth, we’re more or less the middlemen in construction since we’re the one’s who has the drafting plans, so our authority comes from multiple consultations, permits, and revisions from everyone who’s involved in the project.

  • and if you really wanna go ham, build your reputation and career up, you might be able to be a speaker, a professor, a landscape designer, an urban planner, master plumber, Architect-of-record (Boss Architect), and a hell of a lot more professions I probably forgot about.

  • probably the easiest job you can pick up after graduation is becoming a freelance draftsman, but you need your own license to practice your profession.

  • If the project is pretty huge/complex, and it needs absolute precision and detail, then we’re able to collaborate with other architects for the best design for the client

  1. Did you always know you wanted to study that? How did you find out?
  • not always. I thought I was going to end up as a doctor, lawyer, or a businesswoman; since I have a lot of perks with those three because my family has either connections or actually have their professions in-line with the three.

  • but then again: I’m scared of blood and needles, and the thought of a dying person depending on me to save them; I hate convincing or debating a losing cause, and the only thing accounting I do is checking my wallet to see if I had already run of of cash.

  • I considered fine arts too, but I just had a gut feeling I wouldn’t be happy. I already knew how to draw for as long as I can remember, and there will be times where even I can’t draw anything that’s worth anything for who knows how long.

  • I thought of taking Music too, but I’d have to go out of my hometown to take it, which I wasn’t too keen on since I get lost super easily where I am in the first place.

  • considered Engineering too since their pay was pretty high, but I could picture myself working in the future, so I dumped that quickly too.

  • I was completely okay with a little Math and some creativity, which ended up being my basis for choosing, and Architecture seemed like the right fit. I could picture myself working without any problems, I could see myself surviving the course, and that was that.

  1. Can you describe/ summarize what the major consists of?
  • the major consists of learning how to improve your hands in drawing, if you’re not adept in drawing or rendering, don’t worry they teach you.

  • think about it this way, because your plans will be viewed by everyone, you’re going to have to make sure you can speak clearly through your drawings, every line you put on paper is vital to everyone’s understanding of what you want to design and build.

  • in your major subjects, they’ll teach you on how you can make your abstracts come to life (digitally and manually), and help you build your confidence in leaving your mark in your designs. They’ll also teach you on how history was through the buildings and how construction works; ethical codes, building codes, current trends, current design problems.

  • this would mean that you’re going to have to invest in a LOT of materials for your majors ALONE. (markers, pencils, drawing pens, drawing tables, gaming laptops, crafting tools, crafting materials, watercolors, brushes, paper, you get the idea)

  • the minor subjects, you get a glimpse of how the world really works, not just academically, but through how you interact with your classmates and professors. The minor subjects I’ve taken helped me understand why and how everything works as much as a book can teach you, how even the most distant courses can still be connected to your majors (and therefore the minor is still kind of a prerequisite)

  1. Any other details you’d like to add?

I have a TON of memories I’d like to share, but in general, these are the things I got out from them:

  • pick something you can picture yourself working in for a couple of years since you’ll be spending your life doing the same general thing over and over again until you can’t anymore.

  • Time doesn’t stop for anyone, so instead of buying time, you make it.

  • If you think high school is crazy, college is crazier and way more toxic if you get with the wrong people.

  • Having fun isn’t bad. Being irresponsible and inconsiderate is. Education is both a privilege, a luxury, and an obligation rolled into one, don’t take it for granted.

  • Plan ahead, and learn to discipline yourself, things are a hell of a lot more tempting in college especially during the hard times, and the fact that you’re more able to choose for yourself, so don’t abuse it.

  • the only thing you’re going to get in a big-name school is bragging rights, and a higher chance of better profs, but even that’s not guaranteed since you’ll be pulling your own weight in college, teachers aren’t going to be as friendly as they seem because for the majority of the time, they’ll be looking at you as someone who can be their equal the more years pass by.

  • Grades are a bad way of equating your self-worth because they’re just numbers telling you how you did. If you did bad, then try to do better next time, if you get good grades, good for you! what else do you have to work on?

  • on a personal level, the most important things Architecture has taught me are:

a. anything can be possible if you see through it and do something about it.

b.“I may be bad at this, and my drawings may be worthless, but that only means I have a lot more room for improvement, so keep on roasting.”

c. the only thing that matters is that you’re giving your damnest to learn something, as opposed to just memorizing and just getting it over with. I’d take something along for the long haul than just forget about it because it hurts.

d. you can spend a lot of money on quality products, but get the same product that would be cheaper as long as you know where to look and how you’re supposed to use it.

I hope this helps anyone who’s gotten this far in reading this! College is hell, but it’s a fun kind of hell that can definitely help you in the long run, despite the suffering.

I’ve been there, it wasn’t pretty, but hey, at least I lived through it. I’m taking my last subject before I graduate next year because of the virus, my finals are in two weeks, so I’m almost at the finish line ^^.

Again, I hope I at least helped one person out of all of this, and I wish everyone the best of luck in choosing their majors! Stay safe everybody!

1 Like
  • Which major have you chosen to study (will or are)?
    I’m currently studying environmental engineering.
  • What are some career opportunities with the major?
    A lot. Since environmental engineering focusing on four major topics, such as water, waste water , solid waste, and air polution, so basically most of industry need your speciality (in my country). P.S it’s really cool to help the world getting better!.
  • Did you always know you wanted to study that? How did you find out?
    Honestly, no. I always wanted to become an engineer but never thought choosing environmental engineering. I grew up watching my whole family became an engineer, and i’ll always thought it’s really cool.
    I found out about environmental engineer through youtube, (trust me i’ve not good @physics or math, i was average)
  • Can you describe/ summarize what the major consists of?
    so environmental engineering is like sub-major of civil engineering. we actually studying between civil and chemical engineering. like i say ealier we study something among waste, about the management, how to prevent them, how to reduce the pollutant so it won’t be harmfull to the environment, how the waste system work. its not always indutry but also municipal.
  • Any other details you’d like to add?
    it is fun tho!

This topic was automatically closed 30 days after the last reply. New replies are no longer allowed.