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!)
Every Journey Starts With A Single Step
If there is one thing I’ve learned in life…
It’s that decisions are about risk.
I’m going to tell you some stuff that sounds pretty crazy.
Want to learn:
- Why You Screwed Up In The Past Because Of The Things They Forced You To Do – And What To Do Instead
- How To Get A Top Score (Even If You’re Failing Assignments Now)
- 5 Biggest Reasons Students Get Bummed And Give Up
- How to prepare for a test so well that test day is easier than studying
- Learn to predict what’s on the test with (almost) perfect accuracy
- How to use the most science-backed study strategy to study in a fraction of the time
That’s the kind of stuff we keep bottled up for people that sign up to our email list. Including tons of members-only articles.
Now let’s get back to decisions…
You can take a chance and sign up for this email list… Or you can never take a shot.
What’s the risk here?