Class of 2014 Major Selection Day Today

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  1. osdad

    osdad Member

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    According to my plebe, they select majors today and have advising sessions later this week. Preregistration for fall classes is the week after spring break. I can't help but think this will pick up some spirits as they see plebe year coming to an end. :thumb:

    What are your soon-to-be Youngsters choosing?

    Mine: Physics & English
     
  2. usnamomx3

    usnamomx3 Member

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    Mine chose:

    Pure Math
    Chemistry, I think???? but I know Pure Math is the major because his oldest brother, the Capt. called home and said "WTHeck is a Pure Math major? What is he doing??" :yllol:

    My father, a retired USAF Colonel, told our mids to choose a major according to how long they want to stay in the service. An engineering major if they were going to dive in five and if they chose what he called a "soft" major they needed to be in for the duration until they would retire. Since, the choices have been Poly Sci and now Pure Math, I guess they intend on being career Marines!
     
  3. singaporemom

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    This journey to find the major has been one of much discussion and fact finding for my DS. As of last week he was set on Applied Physics with a minor in Chinese.
     
  4. candidsmom

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    Mine chose Aero with a monor in French.
     
  5. Whistle Pig

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    some of these, especially those double majors combining arts and humanities w/ hard sciences might find some tough sledding due to time and course constraints. Sound interesting. Keep us posted as it'll be interesting to see how they work out. Only 3.5 ac years left and not a whole bunch of empty slots on the course chart. Always interesting to follow and learn from these sharp kitties ...
     
  6. CandidateElias15

    CandidateElias15 USNA '15 Appointee

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    Will majors have a definite impact on your career duration? I plan on either Aero Eng. or Math.. Do engineering majors begin to be outdated as time progresses?
    Or am I reading too seriously into usnamomx3's post?
     
  7. Whistle Pig

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    The short simple answer is that majors have virtually little or nothing to do with career duration. The best approach is study something that interests you, especially if one is interested in a USN/USMC career. One point to consider is potential area(s) for grad study. Captain and flag rank'll not be made minus masters and more.

    Now, if one considers 5-and-dive as her future, and wants to be a mechanical engineer? Well that's a horse of a different color.
     
  8. Hurricane12

    Hurricane12 USNA 2012

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    What? This makes no sense to me. The Group 1 mafia strikes again...
     
  9. usnamomx3

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    I think he meant that if you want to have a job/career after your five years of service, you would need to have an engineering degree (my dad has a mech eng degree and a EE one). If they wanted to remain in and have a career of 20 years or more they could have a major like Poly Sci or something like that. I think he was just watching out for their future by making sure they looked towards future employment by the degrees they recieved. YMMV, of course and JMHO.

    ETA: This doesn't mean that anyone who doesn't graduate with an Eng degree won't find a job, but in his opinion which is not a hard or fast rule. Although, my oldest boy has friends who are in the process of returning to school to get an engineering degree of some kind after having a Poly Sci degree from USNA in 05.
     
  10. singaporemom

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    As son says, he has "Maximized his Matrix'. I just love that!!! He'll already have his Chinese minor at the end of this year since he walidated so many chinese classes upon arrival. Also he validated alot of math and that freed him up.
     
  11. MIHOSER

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    Mine selected physics and is meeting with his Ac Advisor tomorrow to finalize minor, if any.
     
  12. falconchic88

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    Mine declared Mechanical Engineering, already bracing for a tough year next year!
     
  13. fishbowl

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    In addition to validating, there is also the option of summer school to help with fitting a minor or double major into the matrix.
     
  14. MomoftheMagik

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    Oceanography for mine...Same as the distinguished Rear Admiral Quinn (not why he chose it, btw).
     
  15. singaporemom

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    Lasr minute switch... Chemistry major with minor in Chinese.
     

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