Can you become an engineer if you hated physics in gymnasium/highschool?

dl324

Joined Mar 30, 2015
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I already joined for the first year. I will come back after an year and I will answer honestly if this is the career I want to pursue.
That might be the best course of action. Many people get degrees in areas they either don't like or don't have an aptitude for. Wanting something very badly is a good motivator, but lacking the underlying skills or aptitude can derail desires very quickly.

If you had an aptitude for engineering, it would have shown up early and you would have been taking classes that would further that pursuit.

I know electrical engineers who got very good grades in school, but it turned out they were better at taking tests than actually learning. I have also known people in engineering positions who were quite successful with an associates degree.
 

BobTPH

Joined Jun 5, 2013
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I think even a hint of ambivalence is a bad omen for anyone who wants to be an engineer, Good engineers typically cannot imagine anything they would rather do fo a living.

Bob
 

Papabravo

Joined Feb 24, 2006
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Problem is I do not live in the USA.
That is not relevant. It was an analogy to describe a binary choice. You either persevere, adapt, and overcome the obstacles, or you quit and do something else. You know yourself better than we do, so who are we to give you advice. Stand on your own two feet and make a decision -- we can't do it for you and we damn sure can't give you permission to become 2/3 of an engineer.
 
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rsjsouza

Joined Apr 21, 2014
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I already joined for the first year. I will come back after an year and I will answer honestly if this is the career I want to pursue.
I also think this is a good idea.

The people I met in my life with the same position as you had to answer a few questions.
1) the major question: what do you really like to do?
2) what you like to do can grant you a way of living? Sometimes you can, but sometimes you need to dive into a career to get you to a place where you are able to do what you like in the spare time, etc.
3) what do you need so you can do what you like? Sometimes it requires a degree, a specialization course, or sometimes a steady income, moving countries, etc.

Just like DL324 above, I have seen many university friends being excellent at tests but did bot really care for engineering. They ended up pursuing their passion outside of their career. Others are still pursuing their passion but became lost and without a steady income or a minimally stable life. And others made the comittment to a frugal life pursuing their passion.
 

sisoj

Joined Nov 10, 2019
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You can learn and do anything you want as long as you commit 100% to it man. Don't let yourself or others limit you.
 

sisoj

Joined Nov 10, 2019
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The question is, will you do it well? There are things like engineering intuition you can't learn directly from a book. Life is too short to spend 100% on something you hate.
If you hate it, you won't be driven and you won't commit. When I said if you want to, that is what I was implicitly assuming. That is, he actually loves the thing he is trying to become good at.
 

Wolframore

Joined Jan 21, 2019
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Didn’t Einstein get kicked out of the gymnasium for being slow? Who cares. Do what you like. It’s taken me 20 years to come back to electronics cause I love it. All my free time is spent learning and researching. Finally dusting off my calculus skills which I haven’t needed in life otherwise... Not because I will actually derive equations but because it’s offers insights into quantifying and visualizing simple everyday things we need to be able to account for... mixing two frequencies is simple make two tones, but the math is complex.
 

nsaspook

Joined Aug 27, 2009
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Didn’t Einstein get kicked out of the gymnasium for being slow? Who cares. Do what you like. It’s taken me 20 years to come back to electronics cause I love it. All my free time is spent learning and researching. Finally dusting off my calculus skills which I haven’t needed in life otherwise... Not because I will actually derive equations but because it’s offers insights into quantifying and visualizing simple everyday things we need to be able to account for... mixing two frequencies is simple make two tones, but the math is complex.
No, Einstein didn't get kicked out of the gymnasium for being slow. :(

https://www.scotthyoung.com/blog/2017/03/16/how-einstein-learned-physics/

The difficulty Einstein had was undoubtedly due in part to his non-conformist streak and rebellious attitude, which didn’t sit well in an academic environment.
One thing that becomes apparent when looking at Einstein’s early schooling was both his distaste for rote memorization and attending classes. The physics professor that flunked him, did so, in no small part, because Einstein often skipped class. As he claims, “I played hooky a lot and studied the masters of theoretical physics with a holy zeal at home.”
 

Wolframore

Joined Jan 21, 2019
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This is why history is so interesting... an early book states that he was expelled and that he was slow to learn to read, and now things are getting redacted perhaps because it's makes them look bad.
 

nsaspook

Joined Aug 27, 2009
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This is why history is so interesting... an early book states that he was expelled and that he was slow to learn to read, and now things are getting redacted perhaps because it's makes them look bad.
Unfounded claptrap.

People think that a great physicist must also be a great mathematician. The intuitive physical approach to physics problem solving is something you are born with, you can't learn it by reading. Obviously, Einstein was born with it.
 
It's never too late to start anything!

I've heard sooooo many people who pursued careers completely unrelated to their degrees. I'm also gonna be one of them: I thought I liked Computer Science, but now I wanna do Design.

Don't be afraid! Success never comes easy, and everyone has their own definition for it anyways. Good luck~
 

smp4616

Joined Oct 31, 2019
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I guess it comes down to why the hell do you care what we think? Most successful people I know don't give a rat's ass what other people think they will succeed in, and that's why they succeed. If you want to become an engineer, do it. It will be hard, there's a ton of math involved in school, and if you believe you can do it, you can. If you wait for people to say you'll succeed at something, you probably never will.
 
of course, he can. When your studying engineering you will learn physics in a different way. But still, you need to have a passion on the subject of your studying. Without passion and love on tools and invention its hard to be a good engineer.
 
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