A Little Help From Those With More Life Experience
It seems to me that fun professions don't pay well, unless your life's calling is to be a CPA (no offence meant to any CPA's out there). There are many causes, and I will not go into them, however this appears to be the case, especially for what I consider fun.
The low pay raises the question: Should one do what they love, or what is financially rewarding and leads to an earlier retirement.
I find myself in that situation now. I have gotten into a good business school and could easily take the investment banker route (yuck. Scams really aren't my thing!), a middling approach to courses and come out working as a financial planner (or similar), or skip the business school entirely. Once I make a choice I cannot go back.
My preferance is for the final option, since my passion is anthropological & archeological in nature.
While I enjoy looking at stocks I have taken finance and economics classes from the best teachers in my High School and was bored to death in the classes; not because the material was old hat but because I nearly couldn't bring myself to memorize the Money Supply curve, or what affects Long Run Aggregate Supply. Another four years of that would be horrible.
Is it worth it to study what you want in college, and put off any job concerns for another 4+ years, or is it smarter to go the safe route and take the high income and safe job?
(for those who would suggest it: I certainly cannot double major, and it is doubtful as to whether I could minor in either a science or a business degree while majoring in the other)
Although I am a teenager, and as a result know everything :-), I don't have much life experience, and almost none with colleges or jobs.
Thank you to all who write in.