Depressed college student? How original!
September 14, 2011 11:10 AM Subscribe
Depressed and don't know where my future is headed in college.
posted by Evernix to Education (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm a 19 year old male college student majoring in EE. This is my second year here at LSU, and I'm having [more] doubts about whether what I'm doing is even right for me. I haven't made any dedicated/frequent friendships at my college thus far. Whenever I'm not in class, studying, or doing homework, I'm browsing the internet or something of that nature. I'm finding even the pre-req courses of my major such as physics to be extremely draining on myself. The lack of outlets (as in, hanging out with friends) is making my academic experience unbearable. My schedule has been the same every day: Get up, go to classes, get back to dorm, study, do homework, go to tutoring if needed, study for the upcoming test(s), then shoot the shit on the internet by myself for a few hours / lift weights (I only lift 4 days a week). The only thing that exists for me right now is my schoolwork, and because of that very fact, it's making it unbearable and draining. The worst part about all of this is (despite my seemingly dedicated work ethic) I'm doing okay in terms of grades.
I believe EE is a really cool major and all that jazz, but I have more experience dealing with networks and computer problems in general, rather than the actual circuitry involved in creating the components. Because of this, I've thought about changing my major to CS with a subdiscipline in networks. The problem with that is if I switch my major to CS, I have this feeling that I'm a failure because I took the easier route (and I apologize to any possible CS majors who believe CS is no less challenging than EE). I've heard from many people that it's easier to go from an EE degree to learning CS material as opposed to the other way around, but I just don't know if I'm willing to put in the massive amounts of work and deal with the emotional/mental draining it puts on my psyche. I've even had thoughts of college not being "right" for me, but I tend to dismiss this as me being lazy. On a re-read of what I've just written, it sounds all over the place - so I guess I would like some anecdotes or just general advice based on your experiences with what I'm dealing with here. I'm just so god damn tired of feeling this way. Any additional info that is asked for will be provided, given it will help in some way.