he doesn't want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything ... or sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought or processed...
February 19, 2012 3:22 PM Subscribe
What kinds of careers/fields of study should my music- and animal-loving STEM-student son consider?
posted by headnsouth to Education (6 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Current high school junior, AP humanities courses and competitive academy-type science & math classes. Does well without too much effort. He's in the STEM program because of his innate academic ability, not because of interest or drive (he knows this will slam him in college). He enjoys math a lot, and is now in calculus; next year will be statistics or linear algebra. Rather "meh" about the sciences so far. He just dipped his feet into programming with his most recent school project and enjoyed it.
Well-rounded and well-adjusted, just cast as Tony in West Side Story and he'll be able to balance rehearsals, grades, SAT & AP exam prep, girlfriend, laundry, etc. without too much nagging from me. Would love to sing for a living.
Also: vegetarian since age 6 for animal-love reasons, has entertained the idea of veterinarian but likes biology least of all. Loves the idea of travel, exploration, adventure. Not bilingual but a semester or summer in Central or South America would fix that.
We heard an NPR story yesterday about grizzlies in Yellowstone, and they interviewed a Forest Service guy who talked about how they monitored the grizzly population from the 1970s to today, projections whether they're on vs. off the endangered list, how bears that incorporated human garbage into their diet differed from those in remote areas, etc. It was a perfect combination of the things he loves (animals, nature, exploration) and the things he's good at (math, statistics, biology). I said "ooh you could do that" and he said "yeah that would be pretty cool."
Anything off the beaten path like that would be great, where he can use his skills to make a good living while feeding his desires for travel and to "do good." Music/theater/tv/movie-related options are fine too, as long as they are practical. And mainstream suggestions are great too, if you can tell us how they feed his passions as well as his wallet (e.g., as a dentist he could travel and "do good" with Dentists Without Borders).
Thanks in advance. He really has no idea what he wants to do so any ideas will be worth entertaining. I'm ok with him going to college without a specific major declared, but his college-of-choice will have to depend on what general direction he's headed.