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Mia, Stellenbosch, South Africa

AddedThursday, September 8, 2016 at 12:33 PM

Switching from civil engineering to electrical engineering
Hi :) Stay in Civil or move to Electronic or Electrical? I am a first year, studying Engineering at Stellenbosch University. Currently I am registered for Civil Engineering, but we are allowed to still change courses within Engineering before December. This semester we started with the subjects Computer Programming and Electro-technique. Both these subjects are more in the direction of Electronic and Electrical engineering. I enjoy both subjects a lot and I am starting to think I should change to E&E. My only problem is that although I enjoy the subjects, they don't come as second nature to me and I struggle with them more than with the other subjects, although I find them the most interesting. In your experience, would it be better for me to stick to Civil, as it was the career which my personality tests concluded on, or should I follow my newly found interest and fight through it even though I might find it more challenging? Regards, Mia :)
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  • Ayanna Howard , Georgia Institute of Technology
    Answered Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    The answer to switch really depends on your interest level. If you haven’t taken any Civil Engineering courses yet, then it becomes more difficult to determine which you most enjoy until you do. I would not base a decision though on which courses are easier. Throughout your education, you’ll encounter courses that are both hard and that are easy. Their level of difficulty doesn’t always correlate with your natural talent; sometimes it has to do with how the information is taught and whether it’s presented in a manner that is compatible with your learning style.