Wait, what? for years, I’ve said that I’m going to study Aerospace Engineering at university. My family knows it, my friends know it, I thought I knew it. But to tell you the truth, It doesn’t excite me like it used to. Sure, I can build LEGO and Meccano models for hours, or even weeks, but that hardly sets me up for a life of designing aircraft.
Looking at the course outlines on university websites, the modules don’t appeal to me like they used to. I’m no longer ecstatic from the thought of learning about avionics systems and aerospace materials.
So what’s replaced it?
A few weeks back, I was reading about a proposal for some new university courses along the lines of the history of technology and the rise of social networks and how they affect our society. This got me thinking about Computer Science, a degree which I had originally thought about but pushed away to make room for Aerospace Engineering. So I googled ‘Computer Science courses’ and was fascinated by the idea of Artificial Intelligence.
Some more digging and I discovered some example course outlines that sounded perfect for everything I’m interested in: maths, computer programming, robotics, web technology.
It’s intertwined with engineering, but has more focus on computing and software engineering rather than aerodynamics.
I think my choice of aerospace engineering was more focused on the fact that I want to be an astronaut. I needed to think of the bigger picture and choose a degree, and ultimately a career, based on what I want to do and what would make me happy to get up in the morning and go to work for. There isn’t one degree that you have to do to be an astronaut, they take people from a range of disciplines, and chances of it happening are very slim, so I need to focus on studying something that excites and inspires me before I start chasing my ultimate dream.