I'm going to college! (fo' realz this time, yo). So, what should I study?
How do I learn to stop worrying I won't get to do everything and love just one subject?)
After an abortive attempt at post-secondary education several years ago at a university an hour away from home, I have managed to evade the High Precision Laser Scanners of my Attack Helicopter parents and escape into the jungle of modern life, where I continue on my own as a guerrilla operator in the slow attrition war that is everyday survival.
The problem is, when I was dependent on my parents, they effectively preplanned my career and future out for me and thus far, I've never had to give much thought towards what exactly I
might like to do with my non-video game time for the next five decades or so (At least, beyond a few vague delusions of awards, fame and concubines). After a recent stint of introspection (read: unemployment) I've realized that I love to simply learn things and accumulate knowledge for its own sake rather than be preoccupied with résumé padding. That is to say, I love the old idea of the University as a place to expand the mind and learn to think (privilege issues aside) rather than as simply a form of vocational training, which is what my parents seemed to want. In fact, this mentality was a major contributor to my earlier burnout, rather than the material in the Engineering stream I was forced into, which I found somewhat interesting.
So far, I've narrowed my choices and now see myself years from now holding either a B.A. or B.Sc. in one of English, Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Theater, History or Computer Science (In more or less that order of preference). Broadly speaking, I'd love to write or act and do artsy junk but my absolute nerdish love for the sciences will not allow me to break from them lest my mind become illogical, ignorant mush.
At the present moment, life has placed me in beautiful Vancouver, BC. I've been looking through the program offerings at UBC, where I plan to attend*, to see which programs/faculties have the better reputations (University Ratings are Bullshit, I know, I know...) with little in the way of success.
So, for my question, I shall ask this ask: How can this indecisive type with a broad
range of interests structure his post-secondary education to be as well rounded as possible and still end up with a respectable degree? How did the rest of you who in your naïve years wished to become Astronaut President of the NBA who moonlights as a Cyborg Ninja pick just one thing to study and be happy doing it? I know many of you bounced around between programs and schools until you were happy, but unfortunately, due to my aforementioned experiences (and several others unmentioned) I've lost what may have been several years to understand what I want to do, thus provoking my anxious. In essence, I'd like to pick a thing, be wonderfulrizzical at it, go on to grad school and double my awesome, while still maintaining my love of the other things as hobbies (doubtful).
* I'm not really looking at any other colleges as I sort of like it here and would prefer to hang around for a while, so unless there is some fantastic CTCL
type liberal arts place you know of that would be super lovely to a weirdo dropout with a spotty academic record, I'd prefer not to go through hassle of moving elsewhere or across the border. Memail me for miscellaneous advices like that.