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- Jan 19, 2014
Ok, so... posting in forums as a new member always gives me fits of anxiety and self doubt, but I'm going to give it a shot anyways, as I need to make a decision regarding my education before I end up in my 30's directionless and living with my parents. I assume fellow INTP's will give me the most beneficial feedback on the topic, so here I am. Hi.
I'm currently a freshman student at my university, but I'm quickly running out of time to settle on a major because I came into the school with 30 hours under my belt from AP coursework in High School. I'm studying abroad this spring semester, and I'll be taking classes in English, Philosophy, and Spanish, and I only have one Gen Ed class left to take (and it's in Chemistry, which is gross), so I have to decide what I want to do by the time I register for classes in March. I suffer from the problem of being interested in many different areas, but not being super interested in any of them. I also suffer from the problem of everything that appeals to me yielding absolutely no job opportunities.
Foremost, I'm really interested in Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, etc, but I'm also aware that these degrees are looked down upon for the most part as useless. I guess I'm mostly interested in these subjects because the human mind really fascinates me. I want to delve into why we do the things we do and why we feel the things we feel. I've also considered Neuroscience as an option, but I'm pretty averse to science and mathematics in general, not because it's too challenging for me, but because I can be lazy and unmotivated regarding schoolwork. I'm much more naturally drawn to the humanities as opposed to the sciences for this reason. Also, I hate lab classes with a fiery passion.
I'm also interested in learning languages, and I'm almost sure I'm going to at least minor in Spanish. English & Linguistics also interests me, but I know English is regarded as the most useless major out there. I feel like my sentence structure in this post rules English out as an option anyways. Spanish is another major I'm considering, but I can't see myself as either a teacher or a translator.
Basically, what I want from a job is the ability to do something I'm interested in that still pays relatively well. Having enough money and free-time to travel extensively is my number one priority because I love to travel and see new cultures, so a job centered around that would also be appealing to me (I've also considered Geology due to the massive amount of travelling involved). I'm not much of a people-person, so jobs such as being a psychologist or a teacher don't really interest me.
Do I absolutely have to major in the sciences and mathematics to get a good job that will allow me the freedoms I want in my career, or is there some sort of profession that meshes well both with my interests in the humanities and my desires in a career that I'm overlooking? Or should I get a business degree and just commit suicide?
That was long-winded. I feel like I just went on a million different tangents without explaining any of them relatively well. OH WELL. ANXIETY.