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Scourfish
04-05-2002, 03:32 PM
Yo, I'm trying to figure out a way to lay something down easy onto my folks, so I need some opinions:

If your firstborn son (hypothetically) were to, say, declare English as their major, would you disown them?

Barjor
04-05-2002, 03:42 PM
Yes imidiatly and unconditionaly

Ofcourse not. As long as they could motivate why they do the choice they do.

DavidP
04-05-2002, 03:44 PM
Why disown him? I mean...I could see that happening if the parents were hard core Dutch or French or Danish majors or something...:D ...but i dont see any reason why they would disown the son...

-KEN-
04-05-2002, 03:48 PM
Huh? Why would your parents hate you for getting an English major? That's a good thing...

Scourfish
04-05-2002, 03:51 PM
Originally posted by -KEN-
Huh? Why would your parents hate you for getting an English major? That's a good thing...

Because my Old Man does Peoplesoft, Oracle, and SQL for a living, and thinks that I need some high paying job to be happy, or something; even though he's miserable with what he does.

Barjor
04-05-2002, 03:59 PM
Most people I know that works in hightect have english major or history majors. On my wifes work they rather hire english majors then CS if they have the same programming knowledge. Why do you want to get a English major?

Scourfish
04-05-2002, 04:12 PM
Originally posted by Barjor
Why do you want to get a English major?

Because the likes of Lester Del Ray, Robert Heinlein, Frank Herbert, Douglas Adams, Asimov, and other authors of the 60's and 70's are the biggest influence in life, despite never living through those eras; and I want to write stories and maybe one day make a movie. I want a lasting impression on an audience.

But maybe I should stop talking like a complete sap for now.

jdinger
04-05-2002, 04:25 PM
It'll be a few year before my kids head off to college (my sons only 7, my daughter 9) but my biggest concern is that they enjoy what they do. Of course, I'd love for them to be financially successful, but more importantly I'd love for them to be happy. And I think that any parent would say the same, even if they initially blow a gasket.:)

taylorguitarman
04-05-2002, 04:56 PM
You could tell him that an English degree might lead to technical writing. Someone has to write the manuals that programmers read. (You don't have to actaully want to do that though)
Having an English degree doesn't necessarily keep you from making good money. Bottom line is find something you enjoy doing. If you enjoy it, it doesn't seem like work.

doubleanti
04-05-2002, 05:12 PM
> I need some high paying job to be happy, or something;

of course, if you don't wanna do CS, you can always to EE... :)

sean
04-05-2002, 05:31 PM
At least it's not a philosophy major. Is there even a USE for that?

jdinger
04-05-2002, 06:02 PM
At least it's not a philosophy major. Is there even a USE for that?

Analyzing how broke you are?

tyler
04-05-2002, 06:54 PM
I would suggest giving your parents your point of view. Discuss with them the advantages and disadvantages of your decision, then discuss the advantages and disadvantages of choosing a different major.

It is ultimately your decision, although you should be careful it is them that are paying tuition, or they might make you pay. :)

taylorguitarman
04-05-2002, 07:23 PM
Philosophy Major = work in a coffee shop.
kind of like
Art Major = work as a waiter.

then again, I have CS degree and me = unemployed.

Scourfish
04-05-2002, 10:02 PM
Originally posted by tyler
It is ultimately your decision, although you should be careful it is them that are paying tuition, or they might make you pay. :) [/B]

They were reluctant to help some with the first year by letting me annoy the **** out of them and not moving out.

As for my folks, my old man didn't take it too bad, given I said I was considering transferring to his old alma mater, Kent State University, cause their english program is better.