Here I am: 19, in 2nd year university, and doing ok. I started out thinking I wanted to do law, but as I got more of a taste of what that actually involved, I realized I really didn’t want to spend my life studying or practicing it. For the last 3 semesters, knowing that my career aspirations are pretty fluid, I’ve mostly taken a broad selection of courses- choosing what interested me and running with it. I’ve been caught- at least for the moment- by environmental sciences and geography.
My frustration with law was born out of a contempt for the lack of logical planning that permeats society. I crave things that can be empirically demonstrated as being or not being- things that are real, and solid. Further, I am full of wonder at the marvels of the natural world, and this keeps me engaged in what I study.
I’m hobbled in a transition into sciences by the fact that as a lazy highschool student I only wanted to do things that were easy from the get-go (which for me were english and its associated subjects) and not things that required actual study, work, and learning (read: science and math).
I’m planning to go back and catch up on some of the math I missed this summer. I’m hoping to get a bsc, probably a double major in environmental sciences and geo, though we’ll see.
I wish I had enough interest and ability to master the nuts and bolts of the stuff I’m interested in, and not just the larger concepts- though unfortunately this seems to be the case, which is why I don’t plan to go all the way and go for med or dental school.
This post is starting to meander, and I apologize for that. What I’m trying to ask of you guys is whether this is a wise course, and if not, where I should try and steer my life. I’m a pretty smart guy- and I say that out of sure self-knowledge, not conceit (or so I’ve been led to believe)- but I have trouble keeping interested in a subject long enough to master it. I feel like I live in a world where specialization is the path to success- and I’m a generalist.
I’m studying stuff I like and am interested in so that I’ll get good marks and get into grad school (for what, I’m not yet sure), but I can’t see a career I’d like on this path- or almost any for that matter. I love to learn, but I don’t know how I’d want to apply it.
If any of you guys have advice, or thoughts on the matter, or anything, I’d really appreciate it. I apologize for the long post- here’s a good looking girl to compensate the dudes. But girls, your feedback is appreciated too!