posted on Jun, 2 2012 @ 11:00 PM
Originally posted by QQXXw
It would be interesting if every poster in the gifted program would tell us if they graduated college and what they graduated in.
BA - Spanish Lit
BA - Linguistic Anthropology
MA - Linguistics
One of the reasons I think they singled me out for gifted was my penchant for language. Unfortunately, and I take some responsibility here, unless
you're satisfied with teaching or go through the right career choices for translation, interpreter, government, etc., there's not many job openings
for simply being a "polyglot" unless you do your research and have the right connections. I mean, an Engineer who is fluent in a second language can
get a lucrative engineering position; a person who can speak several languages fluently, but has no practical or scientific skill, per se, cannot just
be an engineer or marine biologist or architect...it's lopsided.
I think that's why I went into linguistics (keeping in mind you don't
have to speak a foreign language to study linguistics, but it does
help)...it's a practical science with more doors that can be opened, if anything in research.
Ironically, I was also very fascinated with engineering/mechanics and electronics. Not sure what happened really, but through my freshman year of
highschool, I excelled at science and math, but for some reason (probably an increasingly unstable home environment) I ended up nearly failing
advanced biology my sophomore year of HS (ironic again, because I was placed in AP bio because of my excelling the year before)...after that I was
just an average student in the math and science classes I took, mostly because I didn't do my homework and showed up late or called out sick a lot.
It's unfortunate because I'm good at math...well, as they say, it's never too late to go (back) to college...haha.