Majorly Confused

Does anyone know a good major for someone who’s fairly bad at math?

What’s the job market looking like these days?

For those of you on the tail end of your undergrad college years, what have you learned about your choice in major?

I’m a frosh in college with some leanings toward the mind and the soul, and another toward a more political realm. Any advice? :confused:

A freshman? You have another 3 years to flop around. Get your basic pre-reqs out of the way, and give it some time.

Don’t like math? Then rule out engineering, accounting and science flat out. You’ve got liberal arts, marketing and management left. Choose your poison.

Job market? Gotta pick a field first.

Hmm… What are psychology and law looking like nowadays?

Political Science. Lots of polititians can’t do math at all.

Nursing doesn’t require much beyond algebra, and caring for the mind and soul is a major part of what a nurse does.

Oh, and the job market for RNs is booming, and is projected to through 2015.

It’s all about finding a situation where you get to do what you like to do for someone who will pay you enough to make it worth your while. (parapharse of my first undergrad advisor)

Trying to figure out what’s going to be hot in 3-4 years is fraught with error and especially problematic if what’s hot is something you don’t like doing.

You may only have to find one full-time job to make it work, so your career choice doesn’t have to be “hot” at all, just exist and have room for one more.

If you’re not sure, you might want to take some tests offered by your school’s placement center to help you determine what jobs you like and may be qualified to do.

If you don’t like math, don’t forget that psychology involves lots and lots of statistics.

Also, if even the algebra scares you away from nursing or you’re looking for summer work that doesn’t involve a degree (but does involve certification, I believe), you could always look into becoming an HHA or PCA. There’s a huge shortage of aides. The good ones are definitely in the business of caring for the soul, as well as the body.

Are you really sure you don’t like math? Mabey you just don’t like distracted, disorganized highschool math. A little math tolerance can open up a lot of science. Once you get used to the math, its pleasantly predictable.

That is to say, the math can be predictable. Science can be freaky.

How are you on foreign languages? Being fluent in another language can open up a lot of doors, and the best part is that it gives you a perfect excuse to study abroad (which is a great way to feed the mind and the soul, and get a new perspective on the political realm).

I appreciate all of your advice, but to quote me, I never said I hated math. I’m just bad at it…

My first algebra teacher was going through a messy divorce during my freshman year of high school. I had a back injury at the beginning of the year, so I missed the latter end of the class some days for physical therapy.

Unfortunately, the heavily medicated woman needed a target.

I’d be sitting there writing notes and she’d yell at me for not looking at the board and paying attention. I’d ask her for help with stuff, and she ended up telling me to come in after school, and then I’d be there, and then she’d say she was too busy.

The strange thing was, she only did this weird stuff to me… Nobody believed me. I almost thought I was crazy… Until I found out when I met her son (by some freakish coincidence) years later and found that she had driven them across the country because all the white cars were chasing her…

Luckily, a good friend helped me pass the final examination by going over the review with me. I got an 85% (which was incredible since I’d been squeaking by for the whole year). Unfortunately, the teacher lied and told me I’d failed and had me crying for a week until I was mailed the results… And still, nooobody believed me…

IN ANY case, it’s all relevent folks… just trying to let you very, very considerate people know where I stand with the math thing. I’m working on it, I’m just not excellent…

In any case, keep the advice coming. I’m a young sponge… or something… :confused:

Oh, and as for the foreign languages, Fretful Porpentine I know enough to order a hamburger or a taco in either Germany or Mexico, respectively. I’ve been searching for a field where that would apply, but alas, I’ve been unsuccessful.