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#1 Old 06-25-2015, 10:24 PM
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College/University Students?

Anyone in school right now? Undergrads? Graduates? What are you studying?

I graduated with a bachelor's of science in mathematics in December, but I just started going back to school to become a registered dietitian after doing some soul searching. After doing some "undergrad" work, I'll move on to a master's. Luckily a minor in chemistry that I picked up as a math major will help with my new coursework as well.

Larnin' is fun!
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#2 Old 06-25-2015, 11:05 PM
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Yep, undergrad here! Studying to be a vet at the moment and it's awesome. 2 years down, 4 more to go!
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I have an incomplete degree in criminal justice thanks to some horrendous "advice" I received from people on what to study after high school. But this September I start online classes for an English major which is what I originally wanted since it lines up with my love of writing.
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Anyone in school right now? Undergrads? Graduates? What are you studying?

I graduated with a bachelor's of science in mathematics in December, but I just started going back to school to become a registered dietitian after doing some soul searching. After doing some "undergrad" work, I'll move on to a master's. Luckily a minor in chemistry that I picked up as a math major will help with my new coursework as well.

Larnin' is fun!
What does a bachelor's of science in mathematics allow you to do, job wise?

I'm no good at any of the sciency stuff. I try my best to understand it. I can balance my books and I'm quite good at handling money. But anything more than your standard addition and subtraction, bit of multiplication.... I just start rocking backwards and forwards, crying.

Wish I'd been better at it, a younger me wanted desperately to be a medical examiner.....
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@custardpie : Well that lines up nicely with being a veggie! Awesome. I bet its really fun to learn about animal biology. And you can fell like you are making a difference.

@RedTeaAddict : That's great to be following a passion. I wish you luck!

@Tiger Lilly : Many math majors end up teaching, either at the K-12 level, or in higher learning settings. I would say at my school a majority of us wanted to be teachers. I probably wouldn't mind being a teacher, but I would need more schooling for it (either a master's or a credential bare minimum) so I figured I would just go back to school and do something that I really enjoyed while I was spending more time and money anyways.

I would say other jobs for math majors include working for the military (probably as cryptographers), being an actuary (they analyze risk and mostly work for insurance companies), programming or IT jobs should be relatively open to math majors, especially if they have some programming background, and I would hope they would be valued/sought out in the financial industry as well, like accounting or financial planning. Operations Research (kind of like company logistic stuff more often than not) is another field that mathematicians can go into. Statistics and biostatistics are also really big fields right now. (Reading minds/biotech is pretty important) Engineering might also be an option if you have the right experience and know-how.

In addition to all of that, as a math major, if you're really down on your luck and can't find a job, or are interested in being self employed, there is also a large demand for math tutors, which is what I do now to keep myself afloat while I go back to school. You can of course, work for a tutoring company as well.

I'm probably leaving out a lot of other options for math majors, but those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head. None of these jobs really appealed to me because besides the teaching or tutoring jobs, they lacked...people. I like helping people. So yeah...if that's not a priority for someone than math is a great major. It leads to a lot of really lucrative jobs and opens a lot of doors in STEM, because mathematics is the "Queen of the Sciences" so it can basically be applied anywhere.

I wouldn't give up on any hopes for any jobs in the sciences or medical field simply because you feel like you can't do math. There are a lot of resources for help, and I think many people don't like or think they are "not good" at math-myself being one of them (I screamed and cried as a child when I was forced to do my math homework, and I myself needed a math tutor for ten years). Eventually you don't need anymore once you reach a certain point, and this kind of math knowledge is very common and accessible, and by that I mean there are a lot of resources either online or through tutoring (which I highly recommend). Many people have taken Calculus I and even Calculus II...which is as far as you need to go in most cases. Even people who are not "math people" survive these classes with some tenacity. I strongly encourage you to not give up on any dreams just because you feel like you can't do math. Don't give up, and let me know if you need help or advice.
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@custardpie : Well that lines up nicely with being a veggie! Awesome. I bet its really fun to learn about animal biology. And you can fell like you are making a difference.

@RedTeaAddict : That's great to be following a passion. I wish you luck!

@Tiger Lilly : Many math majors end up teaching, either at the K-12 level, or in higher learning settings. I would say at my school a majority of us wanted to be teachers. I probably wouldn't mind being a teacher, but I would need more schooling for it (either a master's or a credential bare minimum) so I figured I would just go back to school and do something that I really enjoyed while I was spending more time and money anyways.

I would say other jobs for math majors include working for the military (probably as cryptographers), being an actuary (they analyze risk and mostly work for insurance companies), programming or IT jobs should be relatively open to math majors, especially if they have some programming background, and I would hope they would be valued/sought out in the financial industry as well, like accounting or financial planning. Operations Research (kind of like company logistic stuff more often than not) is another field that mathematicians can go into. Statistics and biostatistics are also really big fields right now. (Reading minds/biotech is pretty important) Engineering might also be an option if you have the right experience and know-how.

In addition to all of that, as a math major, if you're really down on your luck and can't find a job, or are interested in being self employed, there is also a large demand for math tutors, which is what I do now to keep myself afloat while I go back to school. You can of course, work for a tutoring company as well.

I'm probably leaving out a lot of other options for math majors, but those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head. None of these jobs really appealed to me because besides the teaching or tutoring jobs, they lacked...people. I like helping people. So yeah...if that's not a priority for someone than math is a great major. It leads to a lot of really lucrative jobs and opens a lot of doors in STEM, because mathematics is the "Queen of the Sciences" so it can basically be applied anywhere.

I wouldn't give up on any hopes for any jobs in the sciences or medical field simply because you feel like you can't do math. There are a lot of resources for help, and I think many people don't like or think they are "not good" at math-myself being one of them (I screamed and cried as a child when I was forced to do my math homework, and I myself needed a math tutor for ten years). Eventually you don't need anymore once you reach a certain point, and this kind of math knowledge is very common and accessible, and by that I mean there are a lot of resources either online or through tutoring (which I highly recommend). Many people have taken Calculus I and even Calculus II...which is as far as you need to go in most cases. Even people who are not "math people" survive these classes with some tenacity. I strongly encourage you to not give up on any dreams just because you feel like you can't do math. Don't give up, and let me know if you need help or advice.
Oh that's very sweet and insightful!

Such a varied career path, beginning with one little subject....And not having to deal with people you say? Interesting :P

I'm more of a 'words' style gal these days. I prefer the formulas that sentences and language hold. Besides, being in awe of those that can do maths is it's own little reward.
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Oh that's very sweet and insightful!

Such a varied career path, beginning with one little subject....And not having to deal with people you say? Interesting :P

I'm more of a 'words' style gal these days. I prefer the formulas that sentences and language hold. Besides, being in awe of those that can do maths is it's own little reward.
No prob! Yeah, following your heart above all else is best. Still, the offer will be kept open in any case.
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I am going into law school in August for (hopefully) animal law. My undergrad is an interdisciplinary concentration, "Law, Diversity, and Justice: Animals"

If I could, I would just permanently be a student.

but then I suppose we all are.

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yup geologist over here - just finished my 2nd year
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I am going into law school in August for (hopefully) animal law. My undergrad is an interdisciplinary concentration, "Law, Diversity, and Justice: Animals"

If I could, I would just permanently be a student.

but then I suppose we all are.
Congratulations, River! Keep up the good work. Real change comes from within the system.
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Congratulations, River! Keep up the good work. Real change comes from within the system.
That's my hope I am going to one of the two law schools with an animal law journal and one of the best animal law professors in the country. Hopefully I will be able to make a living advocating for the legal rights of animals.

Wouldn't that be something?
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@River That's so cool!!! Good for you for taking a stand in your career for what you believe in. You are part of a revolution!!

@lookforstars Nice! What are you planning on doing with that? Historical geology seems so fascinating to me...are you working on a particularly emphasis or sub area of geology?
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I wish I became a vet.
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I am working on a MLA degree right now. My concentration is history and ideas and management. I will be done next year this time. Yea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Undergraduate sophomore studying Aerospace Engineering! I'm transferring from community college to a 4-year this August.

I'm not looking forward to picking my way through residence halls. I eat so much, I don't know if my meal plan will cover it. Hopefully my roommate will be ok with me keeping a banana stash.
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I study in the Bay Area, studying English and Linguistics. There's more veg*n friendly food than I'd been used to conveniently having before starting there, which is so cool, although I have also seen many friends 'default' back to eating meat, usually via drunken cravings or pescaterian justifications. My rudemate also had a fruit phobia so it sucked not being able to conveniently keep fruit around. It'll be exciting to cook veg for my roommates in our first apartment together this coming year, though! My girlfriend is going to a college in the fall that has a totally vegetarian dining hall that's also popular with the meat-eaters
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You say that as if the opportunity is gone? There's always time
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Starting my fourth year-- undergraduate student going into secondary English education.

I love learning. I dislike most things about college.
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@River That's so cool!!! Good for you for taking a stand in your career for what you believe in. You are part of a revolution!!

@lookforstars Nice! What are you planning on doing with that? Historical geology seems so fascinating to me...are you working on a particularly emphasis or sub area of geology?
I actually just want to be a teacher :P I think it's a wonderful thing to teach, and feel I could give so much to others this way
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#20 Old 08-06-2015, 05:35 PM
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I'm an undergraduate majoring in human services! I'm hoping to become a social worker at some point, but will probably try and get hired at a non-profit when I graduate.
Edit: Also forgot to add I'm minoring in psychology and sociology. I love social sciences haha.
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