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Is returning a good idea? Open to anyone unsure of what to apply for

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Hey everyone. I am currently applying to university, mostly for engineering courses, but i am still undecided as to what I really would like to pursue in university. I enjoy math and science and will have a 94/95 average this year if all goes according to plan. While I enjoy learning and want to further my learning experience through a university education, i am undecided as to what field or area to pursue. In addition to my appreciation of physics and calculus i also enjoy philosophy and psychology. I applied to engineering because of an infatuation i had with the field although i am now unsure whether i would enjoy or see myself being an engineer. I've really been uncertain for quite a while now and im starting to ask myself what i would really enjoy doing. As i still remain undecided, i think returning might be a good idea, although i feel i am mature enough and academically strong enough to do well in university this year. I just don't want to act to prematurely and take something i figure out i will not enjoy.

Sorry for the lengthy post but choosing an undergrad seems like a huge decision and i just have a lot on my mind. I also have never taken bio and if i were to return i'd take my grade 12 bio and perhaps if i enjoy it apply for a science in that field?

My fascination with philosophy/psychology as well as my appreciation of the sciences and math have led me to consider maybe something to do neuroscience? I'm just speculating but as quoted from mcgill's neuroscience page, it talks about it as being "highly interdisciplinary in nature, and borrows principles from a number of subjects including: biology, biochemistry, physiology, psychology, a well as mathematics, physics, immunology and computer science" which all sound very interesting and down my alley.

I know this is really confusing but if anyone wants to bring up an undergrad that they might think is applicable or just confirm that with such indecision i should return I'd greatly appreciate feedback, and feel free to discuss any thoughts or fears you might have about your own choices!
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With your grades, I personally would not stay behind another year. I understand that you have recently started to speculate on the possibilities of neuroscience, but if you had really wanted to be a doctor or along the lines of a specialist in the science field, you would’ve thought about it earlier. From grade 9, you would’ve had a fixed mindset that science is your cup of tea and wouldn’t have dared even consider the endless possibilities in alternative fields. Nevertheless, if you feel like you’re willing to full heartedly commit to sciences then go for it. But do keep in mind that later on in university, if you decide to change career paths again it will get harder.

There was a time when I had considered staying behind another year to take science courses which I still regret for not taking in grade 11. I even got myself enrolled in grade 11 bio class for first semester of grade 12 and grade 12 bio for second semester. I started to think that science is really what I wanted to do and even started watch greys anatomy and started reading medical articles and what not. Soon enough, I realized that I was only “creating” interest. So the point of my short story is by reading mcgill’s neuroscience page, your under the illusion that you have interest in it. Or at least that was the case for me.

However, if you still feel engineering is not right for you. You can apply to business or social sciences. I’d suggest business with your excellent grades. You’d surely get into Canada’s most reputable, renowned, brilliantly awesome business schools. And, I’m pretty sure you would meet their requirements since the perquisites are all 2/3 maths and English.

Anyhow, in the end its your decision. Whatever you chose I wish you all the best (:
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Hey thanks for your personal experience and thoughtful input. I have thought about business as it is definitely one of the best pathways to a sound financial future and am applying/will make some amendments and apply to business programs as well. Might i ask what you ended up going with?
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It may not come as a suprise for you, but its business!
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bcd92, I can assure you there are more than a few doctors or science specialists who had no idea what they wanted to do in grade 9.

I think taking another year of high school would be a waste of time, but a year off could be beneficial if it's done right. Some people travel, others work, and you can explore some of your interests and get some life experience under your belt.
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@ktel wrote
bcd92, I can assure you there are more than a few doctors or science specialists who had no idea what they wanted to do in grade 9.

I think taking another year of high school would be a waste of time, but a year off could be beneficial if it's done right. Some people travel, others work, and you can explore some of your interests and get some life experience under your belt.



You might be correct, i don't know. I can understand changing from life sciences to nursing or mechanical to electrical engineering. Changing career options from engineering to science is a big leap especially at a crucial time. This is what I tried to convey to Vingilot.
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@ktel wrote
bcd92, I can assure you there are more than a few doctors or science specialists who had no idea what they wanted to do in grade 9.

I think taking another year of high school would be a waste of time, but a year off could be beneficial if it's done right. Some people travel, others work, and you can explore some of your interests and get some life experience under your belt.



i agree and if i did stay which is still up in the air it would only be for a semester. travel and work experience would be very good but we'll see how things go, thanks guys
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In most universities it is possible to mix elements from various areas to meet your interests. Just one example: Waterloo engineering (perhaps Systems Design Engineering?) + a Cognitive Science Option (http://ugradcalendar.uwaterloo.ca/page/ARTS-Cognitive-Science-Option)
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