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        09-19-2009, 06:26 PM
      #11
    Trained
    I almost went to Cetenary. Couldn't afford it though.
    If you're only getting a degree because you have to, do it in horses. Like you mentioned, you don't need one for what you are doing, but if you have to pick, I'd say do what you love.

    I took a year off of college and it helped me a lot, it sucks when you get rushed into things.
         
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        09-19-2009, 06:45 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    From what you have said, I would recommend getting a degree in business and taking an equine class every semester as your elective. Then go out and get a part time job working at a barn. You'll need as much real world experience as you can get, and a degree in business will help you out more than any other degree, IMO.
         
        09-19-2009, 06:47 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    Sometimes I think taking a year off would've helped me. Maybe then I would've figured out what I wanted to do sooner instead of wasting 2 years in art school. I like art and I'm good at artist things but I never had any real interest in it. It was always just a hobby that I turned to when I stopped riding.

    Now I just have to figure out where to go and get myself used to the idea of leaving home.
         
        09-19-2009, 06:53 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by sandsarita    
    From what you have said, I would recommend getting a degree in business and taking an equine class every semester as your elective. Then go out and get a part time job working at a barn. You'll need as much real world experience as you can get, and a degree in business will help you out more than any other degree, IMO.
    I've taken some business classes and I really don't think I could handle taking enough to get a degree in it. The classes were interesting but that was mostly because of the stories the professors would tell about how different businesses got started. That is what my old BO suggested (getting a business degree) but I don't have nearly enough interest in business to get a degree in it. I will probably still take a few classes but that's probably as much as I can handle.
         
        09-19-2009, 07:07 PM
      #15
    Trained
    I think it depends on the classes really. I'm getting an Animal Science degree right now w/ an emphasis on horses. I've learned a lot from it even though I've been around horses my entire life. Of course the problem there is getting horse people to believe that anything not learned hands on is valuable also. I cannot tell you how many times I've heard "Just because you take classes about that subject doesn't mean you know anything." My classes are primarily science based so I have to disagree with that statement at least a little. LOL.

    Anyways, I'm getting my degree not so I can work with horses, but because I wanted to finally finish my degree. You would be suprised at how much of your equine knowledge will be helpful in different careers. In my opinion you get out of school what you want and you can "twist" anything to your advantage in the job market. I don't mean lying or anything just the usual creative thinking about skill application. Good luck with your decision.
         
        09-21-2009, 10:50 AM
      #16
    Yearling
    That's what my parents are thinking. As long as I have a degree in something I will be better off when it comes to getting a job, even if it's not related to your degree. It shows that you can stick with something and work to finish it.

    I think taking classes gives you hands on experience. Most of the class descriptions I've read say that you do a lot of hands on stuff. Plus all of them require some kind of internship which gets you experience and could open up some doors for jobs after graduation. This is what I want to do so I can figure out a way to make it useful in whatever I do.

    I started applying to one of the schools last night. I had to stop though because they wanted my SAT scores and I have no clue where to find them. Plus I took the old one and the new one and I don't know which I scored higher on. I forgot how frustrating applying to college can be.
         
        09-21-2009, 11:15 AM
      #17
    Yearling
    I think it really depends on the area you live in. Cal Poly Pomona has great courses, and nearby areas like Norco (California) have high demand.
         
        09-21-2009, 11:38 AM
      #18
    Yearling
    That is true. I know my area is probably very low demand since I had to look out of state to even find a school that offers Equine Studies as a major.
         
        09-28-2009, 09:57 AM
      #19
    Yearling
    So I accidentally applied to a college. Only I could accidentally apply to a college. I mean, who does that?! So anyway they sent me a letter asking that I send my transcripts to them. Once I do they said they will try to make their decision in 48 hours!!!! I really don't know what to do now. I know if they accept me I don't have to go there if I don't want but I feel like I should've visited before I applied. I know I should talk to my parents about this but I don't know how or when to bring it up. I really should talk to them before I send my transcripts but I really kind of just want to send them and see what happens before I say anything. Ahhhh!!!!
         

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