It’s only fitting that it took me a good ten minutes to decide on what to blog. I’m so back.
So next year I’ll be going to university, probably at the University of Waterloo. I’m going to be studying engineering, and right now I need to decide what type of engineering I want to do. This is because I have a couple different offers from various universities, varying in the branch of engineering. So it’s time to choose.
A litte backstory. When I received my offer of admission from Waterloo, I said I took it with equal parts relief and elation. That was true. What I didn’t mention was that that night, I had a ton of (less than) existential thoughts. Most of it circled around whether or not I really wanted to do engineering, because let’s be real, I haven’t had any real exposure to it, so how can I know it’s for me? I’m not going to lie, it’s a gamble. I’ve loved the science classes since elementary school, and I absolutely loved doing physics last year (though, ironically, it’s been my worst mark in high school to date). Because I like physics and math so much, I’m fairly certain I’m going to like engineering. It’d be really cool to design and build innovative products. So engineering I have no issue with, though maybe I’d be happier at somewhere like UBC, where I can do a general first year in applied sciences before committing to any branch of it. Oh well. For better or worse, I’ve chosen engineering.
So the thoughts weren’t based so much on whether or not I should do engineering as much as what type of engineering I should do. Right off the bat, I know I don’t want to do software engineering, because I hate writing computer programs. It just doesn’t engage me. I also don’t want to do computer engineering, because it’s similar to software engineering, though maybe a bit more hardware based. So what does that leave? Electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, and biomedical engineering (I’m omitting a couple, but these are the big ones). Of them, the two options I’m seriously considering are electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. From what I’ve gathered, the main difference can be asked in a question: would I rather design the features and functioning of a product, or would I rather build it in the best way possible by assembling the circuit board?
I don’t know. I honestly think I’d be fine in either, but this is one of those things where you want to choose right. Sometimes I think one branch, and sometimes the other. More often that not I regret not going for mechatronics engineering, which combines both. Still, I think I would be happy studying either. In the end, I think my decision will be based more on the university than the program (because of the similarities in the programs), and because of that I think I’m going to Waterloo for electrical engineering.
It’s a big decision, and I hope it’s the right one. If nothing else, I can always transfer programs later, though that would be a waste of time and money for one year of education. So I’m really hoping I made the right decision. Hopefully. Hopefully.