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  1. #1 What science suits me best? 
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    Hello everyone
    Im new here, this is my first post, I was wondering if anyone on here could give me a hand in choosing which science I should pursue a degree and career in ?

    I am currently studying AS levels in geography, biology, physics and chemistry
    and definetly would like a scientific career, perhaps some kind of research.

    However I am not sure which degree to take as I am interested in so much, do I need to find something to specialise in, its not that long until I have to apply to university, and im not sure which science to do- I enjoy being creative and using this to fix things, I love to think around problems in my own strange way and read a lot about everything and would love to oneday make a contribution to science even if its only a tiny one, what degree(s) should I look at that would allow me to do this, Im open to anything at all

    thankyou for your time everyone


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    Mechanics?

    tho I really don't think anyone can answer to your question as these kind of things
    should be chosen from your own exp, not ours.

    take your time to research some of the subjects that you're fond of, then make
    a descigion.

    ..you don't want to realize 15 years after that you hate your science job.. don't ya?


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    George, your description is one of a generally scientific mindset, so it's not really enough to narrow down what field would be best. It really winds up to what area you're most personally interested in, for whatever reason, because you're bound for long years of toil and hard work, and your love of the field will have to last through it all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeS
    I enjoy being creative and using this to fix things,
    This makes me think you might like Engineering. It's what we do. Of course, you would still have to decide which kind of engineering.
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    Ok I think an important thing to understand is that if you choose a science and are wanting a good degree from it, it is going to be HARD. You can't muck around when you're studying a proper course. (Sorry to anyone who is a non-scientist)

    Im doing physics, and to be honest the exams I just had in january took a lot out of my physically and mentally. I slogged myself stupid to the point where I had a minor breakdown and almost quit uni.

    Still, the results are coming through, and I've done well in the classes that are core (Maths, Quantum and EM). So hard work and determination do pay off even if it seems the world is falling down around you.

    Back on to the question though, if your set on doing science or engineering which uses alot of the same skills, pick the one which you enjoy the most.

    All courses get boring from time to time, so don't pick one you find boing to start with just because you'll get a bettre job after it.

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    I agree with Paralith (as I often do), but still 1-2 comments;

    Are you good in math ? Because if you're not, you better study geography or biology, (bio)chemistry, or even better; not science.

    Anyway, I wanted to study theoretical physics or applied mathematics for a long time, but then I read some review articles and I fell in love with evolutionary theory, even though I hated biology at school (too much rote memorization, too easy). There is often a big difference between what you do in high school, or even during the B.Sc, and what a researcher do, so the best thing is really to dig deeper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shinka
    Are you good in math ? Because if you're not, you better study geography or biology, (bio)chemistry, or even better; not science.
    I really hate it when people choose to enter biology largely because they like science but don't like/think they aren't good at math. ANY good, practicing scientist needs to be willing and able to develop at the very least a solid understanding of statistics, because they are so important to keep in mind from the beginning to the end of research/experiment design to make sure that your results actually tell you something.Depending on your specific focus mathematics and modelling may in fact be a large part of your work.

    The fact that many biologists get away without such solid math skills is, in my opinion, a huge detriment to the field, and as time goes on they will be able to get away with it less.
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    Maybe science isn't for you if you don't know which science to study.


    Motivation is everything in science, because there sure isn't a career in there for you, unless you are one of the few who make it through the tract.

    Maybe a nice practical study, engineering related. It probably is more secure job wise.
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