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Old 08-26-2014, 06:01 PM
 
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I disagree. Obviously, you have to look both ways before crossing the street, make sure you signed the check before putting it in the envelope, etc., but if you never take any chances in life, you'll never reap any rewards.
It was a counter-argument, but yes. There is nothing wrong with trying, if you can afford to do so and not be financially deprived afterwards.
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Old 08-27-2014, 09:13 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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OP, computer science is far more than just programming. Go to or phone the school you're thinking of attending, and tell them you're exploring whether this is a good option for you. They should be able to have you talk to someone who can give you a better idea of what you're looking at, which may help you decide whether it's what you want.
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Old 08-27-2014, 12:03 PM
 
Location: The High Desert of the American Southwest
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So I've registered for collage and still do not know what I would like to major in. I came across a interesting video on youtube about computer science major and it left a impression on me but I do not know much about computer science unlike most of my peepers I never took it back in high school. I'm considering CS as my major. I'm i sitting myself up for failure?

If you have never been interested in computers or Information Technology in the past I do not think it is really the right field for you.

Most of your peers in an IT curriculum would be people who have been working with and even obsessed with computers and high-tech stuff for most of their lives. Thus, they would have a pretty big jump on you, and this would not bode well for your chances of success in a field that is already ultra-competitive.

This is not to say you could not succeed (although someone who uses the word "peepers" does not strike me as the classic techie type. LOL. But I would just advise you to do some more searching for possible majors and try to find something you have always been interested in.
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Old 08-27-2014, 05:29 PM
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Location: Denver
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Programming has been and continues to be outsourced to low cost producers in India and elsewhere. Unless you are a star, you cannot compete. You may as well be wasting your time learning soldering for the purpose of making circuit boards.

The future is database administration and database design. JMHO.

The mastery of clear speaking and clear writing cannot hurt, and would be a plus in any job and career.
I don't know a single programmer that is unemployed here in the US.
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Old 09-10-2014, 09:07 PM
 
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So I've registered for collage …
Art school?
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Old 09-15-2014, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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So I've registered for collage and still do not know what I would like to major in. I came across a interesting video on youtube about computer science major and it left a impression on me but I do not know much about computer science unlike most of my peepers I never took it back in high school. I'm considering CS as my major. I'm i sitting myself up for failure?
As someone who has a BSCS and has worked in the field for the last 35 years, there are three traits you should already possess:
  • A strong analytical ability;
  • Good communication skills;
  • Musical ability.
If you took things apart as a kid to see how they worked and then put them back together again, you have a strong analytical ability. If you enjoy logic puzzles or strategy games, you have a strong analytical ability. If Spock was your favorite Star Trek character in the original series, you have a strong analytical ability. If you enjoy math or physics, you have a strong analytical ability.

Being able to communicate well with your client and comprehend what they want is critical to being successful.

While not all programmers make good musicians, those with musical talent do make for good programmers. Programming is equal parts math and art.
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