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Alright, Pit. I need your help. I am in college, and I am a Forensic science major. I am doing, in my opinion, really bad in my math and science classes, and I dont want to do this major anymore. I want to do something with music, but this college only has jazz and classical, not something I want. A smaller college down the street is all about music and whatnot, but it is $27,000 more than where I'm going (my mom refuses to let me go there, and I dont want loans and they dont have housing). I said a while ago that I was going to stick with Forensic Science and do my music on the side, but I can'd take another 3 years of science bull****. So my question to you all is, what should I do?

This is somewhat directed towards college students, but if you have some advice, please share.

Oh, and if you're going to have a smart ass remark, don't bother posting because this is something I really need help with.
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Follow your heart. maybe dont go to a college in your town. try somewhere near by? if music is your passion, then do it!
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#3
Chances are, you'll make more money in what you're majoring in right now than music.
#4
Well, an option is that you can withdraw for a year or two, and work full time, to save some money for the smaller college if you really want to go there.
Or, you could stick it out, because you said three more years, I'm assuming you're in your first. First year is always boring, it should get better for second, and third, and definitely for fourth.
Personally, I would stick it out for another year, and if I really didn't like it after that, I'd leave for a few years, work, and go to the other college.

But thats just my opinion
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#5
I feel the same way about my computer science degree. I really want to get a music degree, but I cant think of anything I could possibly do with it.
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#6
well, i'm no college student, but i think you should maybe just stick to your major, sure it will be hard work, but you will probibly get a good job doing it, maybe if there is a community college by your house you could take some classes there on music, and not stop your major. i know i have like 3 community college around my house that all offer music classes. and good ones at that.

but you just have to sit down and think realistically, what is it that you really want to do? what is it that will make you happiest?
#7
logically speaking tanking through your major in science would pay off, but then your dream of being a musician would most likely die by the time you graduate and found a set for life job and your girlfriend's dropping your kid.

that's usually what happens to most people who rather take the safe path then following their dreams

compromise solution, try and find something related to music, like sound engineering or radio broadcast etc. at your college.

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#8
id say quit going.. im only 18.. but i dont even wanna go to college cause i wanna go for music and we only have like... trumpets and marching band ****... **** that.. id like to go to a pure music institute.. but... dont see it happening...
#9
1.)Stick to your major
2.)???
3.)Profit

But seriously, stick with your major. Then you work, then you get money...then you go to the fancy music college.
#10
Whatever you do, do not keep going with a major that you dislike. There are plenty of music schools out there; you should not just limit yourself to one.
Edit: Personally, I'd rather live in a trailer and do something fun for a living than live in a mansion and do something I hate.
Of course I'm a mechanical engineering major, but then again, being a musician isn't my dream job...
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I feel the same way about my computer science degree. I really want to get a music degree, but I cant think of anything I could possibly do with it.

You could get into teaching music?

And yeah TS, try to follow your passion. Is there another college outside your area, but doesn't take too long to get to?
#12
If you honestly don't see yourself being a forensic scientist as a career, then by all means, switch your major to something else.

If you really want to go into music, it looks like the jazz/classical program is your only academic option right now. Don't just shun these two styles out just yet. If you give it an honest chance, I think you'll really enjoy it. Plus, jazz and classical degrees bring more prestige in the music world. But keep in mind that music programs require auditions, and you're not guaranteed to get in.

...modes and scales are still useless.


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id say quit going.. im only 18.. but i dont even wanna go to college cause i wanna go for music and we only have like... trumpets and marching band ****... **** that.. id like to go to a pure music institute.. but... dont see it happening...

dont put all your eggs in one basket

imo, higher education is the key to happieness, the more you know, the more well rounded you are as a person.

plus lots of musicians have finished college first, or durring there careers, look at milo from the descendents, he became a biochemist, or dexter holland from offspring, i think he was like valdictorian of his high school, then went on to get his pilots license. so stay so you have something to fall back on.
#14
I'm a college student and am focusing on a Philosophy or English degree right now. My advice is focus on what your passionate about because then you'll be certain with whether or not you want to pursue that degree. If it doesn't work out then pick something else. Don't pursue a major because of pressures set upon you. Look at it this way, the job you'll get however many years from now is going to be for you. Don't do something because your parents expect you to because reality is ten, twenty, or thirty years down the line your going to be by yourself supporting yourself so find something your interested in.

What I plan on doing is stay on the path for a degree in philosophy but if I find something else there is always time for me to change it. You don't have to be done with school at 22, or whatever is expected of you, and get a job right away. You still got a lot of time and I say you go for music if that's what interests you.

Hope that helped...
#15
i don't think music is the safe way? whereas if you stuck with your current major you could still go into music in your spare time afterward. just be patient.
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#17
well it sounds like ur in your first year? might just be like cold feet

complete at least your AA so you have something to fall back on
#18
I'd say try going to like your adviser or something like that, I realized a year and a half into my major I really didn't want to do it (first year was just basic stuff I needed for any major at that college.) I saw my adviser and they had this sheet of areas that I may be interested in based on some test I did in high school; I looked over that and found a new major somewhat related to what I first thought I wanted to do and I'm much happier now.
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You could get into teaching music?

And yeah TS, try to follow your passion. Is there another college outside your area, but doesn't take too long to get to?

I cant see myself teaching music though, because Im scared of being infront of people, and cuz Ive only been playing for about a year.
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dont put all your eggs in one basket

imo, higher education is the key to happieness, the more you know, the more well rounded you are as a person.

plus lots of musicians have finished college first, or durring there careers, look at milo from the descendents, he became a biochemist, or dexter holland from offspring, i think he was like valdictorian of his high school, then went on to get his pilots license. so stay so you have something to fall back on.



well yeah if you already went for something i guess you should stay but.. in my eyes i really have nothing else i like but music... i live in poor 5000 pop. town in illinois.. lol
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You could do what I'm doing...

As a result of being a dick at high school I got no where near what i needed to do what i wanted to do, now I've studied Business at uni for a year(UGH!). However I'm was in the same situation as you, business sucks, my uni offers classical and jazz guitar so i started a jazz degree this year, Best. Choice. Ever

Look into it dude, i play almost entirely metal/hardcore/angry stuff in my various bands, but the things I've picked up after 3 weeks of Jazz study...it's beyond words...and the bonus here is, that it's not one of those "alternative"music degree's, oh no, a prestigious Jazz degree which means bands salivate at the thought of me (in 4 years)

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#22
Wait, by "I want to do something with music," you did mean that you want to play music for a living right?
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well yeah if you already went for something i guess you should stay but.. in my eyes i really have nothing else i like but music... i live in poor 5000 pop. town in illinois.. lol


what town do u live in? im askin cuz i live in illinois
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I cant see myself teaching music though, because Im scared of being infront of people, and cuz Ive only been playing for about a year.

Well, public speaking is inevitable, but you don't have to be good at playing guitar.

Music pedagogy focuses primarily on conducting, piano, rhythmic sensibility, and knowledge of music. You probably won't even need to strum a chord on a guitar while teaching at high school.

...modes and scales are still useless.


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I'm a college student and am focusing on a Philosophy or English degree right now. My advice is focus on what your passionate about because then you'll be certain with whether or not you want to pursue that degree. If it doesn't work out then pick something else. Don't pursue a major because of pressures set upon you. Look at it this way, the job you'll get however many years from now is going to be for you. Don't do something because your parents expect you to because reality is ten, twenty, or thirty years down the line your going to be by yourself supporting yourself so find something your interested in.

What I plan on doing is stay on the path for a degree in philosophy but if I find something else there is always time for me to change it. You don't have to be done with school at 22, or whatever is expected of you, and get a job right away. You still got a lot of time and I say you go for music if that's what interests you.

Hope that helped...

sorry to get off topic buy: i really want to major in english with my minor in philosophy, is it alot of work?
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do something that gives you financial security, ie. business or whatever, while at the same time pursuing a music career. That way if you happen to follow the statistical trend of not being a succesfull musician you have a fallback.
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Well, public speaking is inevitable, but you don't have to be good at playing guitar.

Music pedagogy focuses primarily on conducting, piano, rhythmic sensibility, and knowledge of music. You probably won't even need to strum a chord on a guitar while teaching at high school.

If I tought music, I would want to give private lessons rather than teach at a school. Thats why Im worried not being good enough will hold me back.
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#28
Music degree?!?!? Why?! You go to college to make money later in life...
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If I tought music, I would want to give private lessons rather than teach at a school. Thats why Im worried not being good enough will hold me back.

It's hard to make a living only teaching private lessons.

...modes and scales are still useless.


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first off, money isn't everything. secondly, you could major in music and minor in some sort of sound technology, meaning you could still find a job (most likely one that would put you close to the music scene.)

secondly, there's something you really need to do, and that is assess your situation with the help of some unbiased advisors. If you're just getting overwhelmed with college because it's your first year, then dropping out isn't the thing to do. however, (and a lot of people make the mistake of doing this) if you end up trudging on for another three years, only to find that you really don't like what you do for a living now that you have your degree, you will be stuck with a horrible career, as well has some hefty debts.

I would personally go with the music. Hell, the fact that you even went to college and got a degree in SOMETHING guarantees you ten times more job openings than you'd even think of, and you'll get to actually try and make it as a musician.
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what town do u live in? im askin cuz i live in illinois


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#32
Forensic Science = Safe option.

Music = Risk.

If you are good at Forensic Science and are even a little bit still interested in that, I'd continue to pursue it so that you can do it whilst you determine what you're going to do as far as music is concerned. Do Forensic Science as a job whilst you sort out whether you really want to pursue music or whatever. Or, you could use it as something to fall back on..
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Forensic Science = Safe option.

Music = Risk.

If you are good at Forensic Science and are even a little bit still interested in that, I'd continue to pursue it so that you can do it whilst you determine what you're going to do as far as music is concerned. Do Forensic Science as a job whilst you sort out whether you really want to pursue music or whatever. Or, you could use it as something to fall back on..


good point there.. i mean if you did go into college for it apparabtly (or hopefully) you have interest in it somewhat? and it would never hurt to have a backup plan :p
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Follow your heart. maybe dont go to a college in your town. try somewhere near by? if music is your passion, then do it!


That can only really have any meaning if you're like 50.
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Forensic Science = Safe option.

Music = Risk.

If you are good at Forensic Science and are even a little bit still interested in that, I'd continue to pursue it so that you can do it whilst you determine what you're going to do as far as music is concerned. Do Forensic Science as a job whilst you sort out whether you really want to pursue music or whatever. Or, you could use it as something to fall back on..


I know, for a 'fact' that you can live off playing music if you're not completely braindead.
#38
Do the major your doing now, keep music as a hobby. It will work better for you in the long run I assure you, all my older friends have hated their major at some point or other, but you will regret it down the road if you drop out.
#39
Seriously dude, I am in the same spot as you. I am a Chem Eng. Major, and I am switching to English because of math. Just do something in humanities, because you can use music history courses the cultural reqs.
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I'm just about to graduate with a degree in Art History and Philosophy. About 2 years ago I realized that I really wasn't that into it and wanted to do something more creative. I've thought about quitting so many times but I stuck it out, even though I was only getting mediocre grades. Partly because of pressure from my parents and partly because I thought it would be better to get it out of the way now, rather than in 10 years time not being able to find a good job because I didn't bother to get qualified and having to go back to college then. (Not that a humanities degree will get you ANYWHERE.) I think you should stick with it, and depending on your workload try to get involved in any extracurricular musical stuff your college has going on. Also, if I were you I'd try and learn more about music on my own alongside studying, that way when you need a break from science you've got something fun that will relax you.
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