Your college degree, a personal choice or chosen by your parents.

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Philippines
January 11, 2007 1:11am CST
I will be graduating this May my course is Accountancy but my first choice is Mass Communication. I was thinking if I could perform better if I stick with my first choice rather than being in a course that my parents want me to take up. Luckily, I didn't failed in any of my subjects.
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18 responses
@maryannemax (12170)
• Sweden
19 Jan 07
i am a licensed pharmacist by profession and it wasn't really my choice. it's my parents' choice for me to take up the course. at first, i wanted to take up accountancy for i love numbers. but later on, i find excitement in science and i wanted to learn more from it. now i am a pharmacist for more than 6 years and i love my profession. i even thanked my parents for helping me love science.
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• Philippines
2 Feb 07
I am not really fond of numbers, because accountancy is more on analyzation rather, you cannot compute if you don't analyze. But I am stock here.
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@sunshinecup (7880)
11 Jan 07
First, congrats on graduating!!! That is a HUGE step and I think it's wonderful you have gotten that far! Secondly, your parents intentions I am sure are all meant well. Most of the time they just want to try to help insure their children will be successful in life. However, your parents will not be able to work your chosen career for you. I think you should research your choice very well, then decide what it is you can see your self doing for the rest of your life that will also pay enough to give you the things you want. Thank your parents, then reassure them they have done a fine job in raising you and you know what you are doing. Good luck Dear.
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• Philippines
11 Jan 07
Thanks for this very inspiring response. Yes I do thank them for everything that they did for me especially these days that finishing college is not an easy task. I'll just have to prove that I can excel in this career even if I don't likr it that much.
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• South Africa
11 Jan 07
I was pressured by my parents to get a financial management or similar degree, but I ended up going for a degree in science rather, and ended up with a degree in physics, Maths and Computer Science. In retrospect, I think I should have taken at least a couple of accounting and business courses, it would have come in useful as I am trying to start my own business.
• Philippines
11 Jan 07
Yeah sometimes its really hard when the course you took up in college is not related to what you are currently into. For that you have to read a lot of books, attend finishing courses or seminars I guess.
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@nicolec (2673)
• United States
2 Feb 07
it was my choice what degree to pursue. Better to go with your heart.
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• Philippines
3 Feb 07
What course did you took up in college?
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• Philippines
3 Sep 07
I always wanted to take up journalism or mass com. Too sad, my father chose another course for me which is architecture. I was never given the chance to chose the course that I want. Even if I am a grown up, I still would like to finish a college course. I wanted to take up something which is related to computers and writing.
@chetlog (624)
• Philippines
11 Jan 07
Neither. It was conveniently chosen. You see, I had three career choices : to be a doctor, a pilot or an engineer. I chose the last one since it was the one we could afford the tution fee. Convenient.
• Philippines
11 Jan 07
Tuition fee is also one of the factors in choosing the degree that you want to pursue in college.
@maryannemax (12170)
• Sweden
6 Feb 07
yep. tuition fee is one factor when choosing a degree to take up in college. but nevertheless, for as long as we are happy with the course we have/had, it's for the best!
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@goms11 (73)
• India
19 Jan 07
am doing engineering... to do electronics is my choice.. but the college am doing is chosen by my father as it was close to home ...
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• Philippines
2 Feb 07
ok I guess it's good for you.
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@ashishsab (498)
• Canada
12 Jan 07
Well its my choice and yes supported by my parents. :) Remember always do what you think by doing that you will be happy in doing it and you really love to do it. This will take you to greater heights in that.
@cnetboss (2477)
• Philippines
12 Jan 07
My Choice. You will never be happy if someone forces you to study courses that is not of your interest. It would only give you a lifetime of frustration
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@Sharon38 (1915)
• Jamaica
5 Sep 07
My degree that I will be pursuing is of my choice. My mother wanted me to be a teacher and I hate the classroom so I detoured and eventually I am where I want to be.
@sr0415 (1140)
• Philippines
3 Sep 07
hi faylinn! Like you, I also graduated with a degree in Accountancy. But it was my choice. I'm glad that even if it wasn't your first choice, you were able to get through with it and graduated without any failures. Your parents might have reason why they let you take the course, you can easily find a work with such degree. :) Have you taken the board exam? It will add more to your qualifications if you did. :) Take care and God bless!
@Ricko82 (585)
• Philippines
3 Sep 07
My parents are kind enough to let me choose what I want for college. They are just very supportive. Well if you love what you're doing now though, I guess it's OK.
• Philippines
26 Aug 07
I am blessed that my parents trust the decisions I make in life. They actually help me analyze and think through my choices before I make one that is irreversible. I took up Biology in college and majored in Ecology. It is completely my choice and I am so happy that it was.
@a_ce_e (1427)
• Philippines
26 Aug 07
It is said that, if you enjoy the things you really want you may not need to exert much effort to like it and result best result, while if you just like it but your heart is not into it, you must exert twice than the first one before you love it. I took up an accountancy course too, my personal choice but not what i really love. My parent's did not dictate me what i should take up or not, but my parent's are incapable to provide the course i want, so i just take the second option which our budget can afford. Till now i have regrets in my life, but have no choice because that is the only available. How i wish to be an engineer that time and till now, but the opportunity fails to knocks on me. I tried to love the job for accounting but it makes me bored easily. I don't have choice but to move on and try and try and try. Time lasts already for me, since i'd reached the age trying to settle down and if i will be going back to school again, it takes me five years to accomplish and shall take the first step again of the career. So now, i had changed focus and try to have my own business in the near future by saving money from time to time for initial investment. How i wish my offspring will like the dream i have before and they will be the one to fulfill it for me.
• Philippines
2 Jul 07
My first college degree was Accounting, not my choice but my sister's choice. She was the one who spent the money for my schooling but I finished that course. She finally helped me to get my 2nd degree Nursing and finished it last March 07. And for 2nd time around, she was the one paying for all the expenses. Isn't she great? She is. No matter who chooses the course you are taking, do good and finished it. Go to work and save money. Then if you got the money, go and take the college degree that you want. goodluck to you.
@maryannemax (12170)
• Sweden
6 Feb 07
after highschool (march 1996), i then took qualifying exams in universities in the city to start going to college in june the same year. while taking up entrance exams, there was this blank asking for my desired college to tak up. i don't know what to take. so, i went out the room first and asked my mom (she used to accompany me most of the time) about the course that i should take. she said, "pharmacy" and i said, okey. actually, i want to be an engineer. but both of my parents are engineers already and i wanted to get into another field. and so, i thought pharmacy is a good idea. it was my parents' choice for me and i never regret taking it. i hate science at first but fell inlove later on. i am not the best in my class but i say, i did great. i finished college within the 4 year curriculum and passed the licensure exam for pharmacists 4 months after my graduation day. i love my profession. i get knowledge on medicines that i can share to patients and the customers. and i know i have a lot to offer them.
@sriragv (422)
• India
6 Feb 07
I completed my b tech,in computers,It was my choice and my dad s too.My mother wanted me to do medicine.But I convinced her that my choice is engineering.
4 Feb 07
In the UK when you leave high school you can go college for 2 years to earn the qualifications to get into unniversity where you spend 3-4 years doing a degree. This was a path i've wanted to take since I was a little girl so it wasn't really an issue when the time came. I begin university later this year and cannot wait. It will be a great experience and is my personal choice. I think my parents would be disapointed if I dropped out but they wouldn't of forced me to go.
@paki143 (793)
• Pakistan
3 Feb 07
no its my own choice its a degree of computer science and i like it