What are the 5 easiest and hardest degrees to get?
This week I’m exploring 2 different ways of answering that question –
I’ve read similar articles and, for the most part, they all focused on finding the degree programs with the fewest high GPAs. And they just assumed that meant THE HARDEST.
I took a look a bit deeper and compared two different methods of defining the hardest program.
There are some important lessons to take from this that don’t get mentioned:
1. Don’t assume you’re too smart or too dumb for a program.
Sure… you should consider the difficulty of the program you’re going into but a program you like will usually still be easier than a program you dislike – even if your GPA might be a bit lower. As long as everyone has a lower GPA on average then it doesn’t even matter.
2. “Easy” majors are still, often, insanely difficult majors if you’re not prepared for them.
Education majors sometimes have huge workloads despite them not facing quite as harsh grading as an engineering major.
3. Easy and hard can be used to help you narrow down degree options – but don’t try to make a decision based on it.
Highly competitive (or uncompetitive) people sometimes like to pick a major that makes them feel good about themselves. The “look at me, I’m so smart” mentality…
College is an investment (for most of us) not a luxury item for you to show off.
If you don’t want to have a career in something, there is no reason to waste 4 years and tens of thousands of dollars on a certification you’re smart on the subject.
4. Any major is easy – if you do it right…
That might sound crazy but I’ve worked with hundreds of students and seen it repeatedly.
Math majors talk about how easy Math is… but English is miserable.
English majors talk about how easy English is but Math is horrible.
Problems are difficult based on your approach to the problems.
One part is – who are you?
If you’re a lover of math problems then… you’re probably going to be better at math.
There is another part that I think is even more important…
What strategies are you using to learn?
My book 101 Strategies To Improve Your Grades Without Studying More gives you 101 Strategies I used to get near the top of my college class while taking a double courseload.
This week I want to send a quick thank you to QUT Business And Management Student Association for sharing my article on active recall. Also to one particular reader that recommended Smart Student Secrets to his cousin. (I hope you accept and enjoy the gift card N!)
The Secret To Success
I’ve worked with students for over a decade now –
There is a thing that all successful students (and I suspect all successful people at anything) have in common…
It’s this thing that can come off as crazy – wrong-headed – almost embarrassing.
But those of us that see it and understand it know –
It’s not embarrassing. It’s not wrong-headed. And it’s not crazy. It’s actually one of the most powerful forces in the world.
When I see someone that understands and applies this, I know they’re a person I can trust to get something done. It’s like a secret handshake. It’s like our personal secret conspiracy we’re using to take over the world. And most people just dismiss it.
In fact, I can tell you right now and 95% of you are going to dismiss it.
And only 5% of you will do it.
The secret: Do it. If it works, keep doing it. If it doesn’t, do something else.
If you’re ready to do it – to succeed extraordinarily in academics and life then let me send you the details by putting in your email below and checking the box.
Or you can let that doubt take over. That’s your business.