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    to think that an undergraduate degree is the end
    all and be all of your future career(s) is fucking retarded.

    if you can't figure out what to do with a BA degree,
    because you can't find something in "your field".
    hah, you got bigger problems than finding work.

    and misplaced pride doesn't feed you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmhmm View Post
    to think that an undergraduate degree is the end
    all and be all of your future career(s) is fucking retarded.

    if you can't figure out what to do with a BA degree,
    because you can't find something in "your field".
    hah, you got bigger problems than finding work.

    and misplaced pride doesn't feed you.
    It is a proven fact that what you major in MATTERS. If you don't believe me, then just look at the unemployment rates among electrical engineering majors vs. film/drama ones. The statistics are staggering.

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    Reconsidering.

    Just sticking with anthropology (archaeology or forensic anthropology), or economics. Still a few other ideas in mind (as usual), but I figured I'd give a general update.

    And I would love engineering, except I likely won't get to do with it what I'd really want to be doing.
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    The practical advice Im tempted to "mansplain" to you: "this is what minors are for...". Major in the career, minor in the "fun".

    In reality: It matters like getting into Harvard matters . If you get in, it will put you on a great path. However not getting in puts you on a different path, and that path will be just fine!

    I double majored in Econ and Bio. I thought I wanted med school. I didn't. I tried finance jobs, and hated it. I work in athletics now. The biology sort of fits, but not really. However, if I could do it all over again I don't think I'd change anything. Studying those fields made me who I am, programmed my thinking and left my brain with enough curiously to study philosophy/religion/psychology on my own. I'm confident I would have had a much better gpa had I done psychology or finance as my majors with some fun minors like religion or philosophy... But if I had done that, I wouldn't be the person or where I am today. I'd be afraid to trade .

    TLDR: your majors will matter a lot in your life path. Your majors don't matter though. No matter what you'll drift to what you're meant to do. Don't fight it by trying to "plan out your career life". Just live.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antimony View Post
    Reconsidering.

    Just sticking with anthropology (archaeology or forensic anthropology), or economics. Still a few other ideas in mind (as usual), but I figured I'd give a general update.

    And I would love engineering, except I likely won't get to do with it what I'd really want to be doing.
    Okay, well just keep in mind, if you do archeology/anthropology, expect to get have to get a master's or PH. D to do anything with it. Maybe that's the best thing for you to do after all. To tell the truth, I'm actually reconsidering staying with psychology because engineering was not what I thought it was. I was under the impression that engineering majors design plans on how to build things, and then actually build them. I sort of thought of engineering like what Tony Stark from "Iron Man" does in other words. However, I've been doing a lot of research, and much to my surprise, this isn't what engineers do at all. Apparently engineers are just basically like architects: they draw plans and use of system called "autocad" and similar computer architectural devices to plan out how things will be made. Then, they hire the "engineering techs" to actually build the stuff. The engineers rarely if ever, make their own stuff. In fact, most don't know how to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kyuuei View Post
    Disclaimer: I have never double majored or studied abroad.

    Question 1: I think a major and a minor would suffice.. Unless you plan on being a career student, it would be more worth your time, efforts, and money to have a master's degree than a double major. I'd pick the one you enjoy more and go with it.

    Question 2: I think a semester of something you need anyways like a fluff course that the school offers abroad might be the best way to go regarding that. I still wouldn't recommend it for the money you'd spend, but a fluff course (like one of those mandatory writing or art classes) would mean soaking in as much of the scenery as possible, and having it through your current college means no issues with credit transfers.

    But! I agree that you ought to just save your money and go on trips between semesters in your off time. You should go explore, and study areas.. if you are bound to school terms, and studying after classes, and such, you may not get all you want out of an experience in another country. Also, if you take a summer off for school for example, you can just tell work you enlisted in a class like that anyways and then go have fun exploring all of Europe for a month or something. My friends have said they traveled around many of the countries for as low as $3,000 for the amount of time they stayed. It would cost you that much to stay put in a single country studying abroad, and more.

    HOWEVER. If you are studying a language, I HIGHLY recommend going to a country where that language is spoken. But since your majors both seem to lack this emphasis, I stick with the above.
    I highly agree with this. I have taken both Spanish and French: I took Spanish I and II and took all the way up to French III and I can barely speak any of it. Language is really a skill that you have to apply to learn.

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    I both double majored AND studied abroad. Economics should much more relevant as a degree than anything I chose. Anthro also has a lot of graduate school opportunities, so that's a plus!

    As for studying abroad, YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY DO IT if given the opportunity. Studying abroad changed my whole life and perspective about the world. I was alone, forced to interact with people who I couldn't communicate with as well as I would have liked, and I learned A LOT. If I were you, I would look for a place that could help you with developing a language other than English. The people I talked to who studied abroad in English-speaking countries didn't get as much from the experience as I did (apparently). I was in France and living with a family there, so it was a really big difference from being here. Speaking French at home was helpful in learning to be more confident, etc.

    Go for it!

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    I'm all for studying abroad too -- the more 'foreign' the more stressful, and more fun, and more rewarding
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmhmm View Post
    to think that an undergraduate degree is the end
    all and be all of your future career(s) is fucking retarded.

    if you can't figure out what to do with a BA degree,
    because you can't find something in "your field".
    hah, you got bigger problems than finding work.

    and misplaced pride doesn't feed you.
    I am curious what you believe are the principles of getting the types of jobs you are interested in doing. I agree that undergraduate majors are not that big a deal, but you seem to be a master at finding types of positions that are enjoyable and well paid.

    What are the principles involved here? Is it "who you know"? How does it work? What steps are needed to be taken?

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