"It may be a little bais on my part but give your majors I would tend to think that spending almost two more years in a technical training (lots of math and science, as well as hands on) may not be for you."
That objection has been put to me before. My lengthy answer follows.
In high school, my math aptitude was stronger than others. I considered myself a math person. I even won a couple of math awards.
But I suddenly developed other talents. My reluctance to socialize -- often due to my speech impediment -- led to a degree of social isolation, which in turn compelled me to develop my written communication skills at a much higher rate. I wouldn't chat with others on the phone, but I would sure write lengthy e-mails. My teachers loved my papers.
My talent for written communication developed rapidly. As a college student, I amused myself by writing deliberately inflammatory op-eds for the student paper (usually in defense of the Iraq war). They were so good that a graduate journalism professor tried to recruit me into his program.
As my high school years closed out, I also developed an insatiable interest in history and politics. Though I began college with a major tailored to my (high school) strengths -- engineering -- this made less and less sense to me with each passing day as my talent for writing steadily became more apparent and as I often neglected my assigned calculus homework to read, for instance, unassigned biographies about Hitler.
Hence, the choice of majors.
I was not a great engineering student, but hardly a bad one. A mediocre one, perhaps. I tested out of trig and Calc. I, made "B's" in Calc. II and a few of the standard 3-credit engineering courses, "C's" in chemistry and calc-based physics.
Thus, while the liberal arts majors I selected made a great deal of sense for me at the time, I'm quite ready to transition back to the technical fields now. My appetite for history and politics is not what it was, and to a large degree, I really feel as though I've studied all that I wanted to study. I'm still a hell of a writer. It's a nice talent to have. I imagine it'll come in useful from time to time, but no need to make a career out of it.
I no longer set my goals to the end of excelling academically and studying things that interest me. I'm more concerned about getting a good job now. I looked into what the job market has for holders of liberal arts degrees. There's not much (or at least not much that looks very exciting to me). I think it a mistake to decide my future based solely on my strengths as a writer as though all fields were equal. They are not. And those with technical backgrounds, in my judgment, seem to have a leg up on everyone else.
Thus, I am quite content to choose a rating that has little to do with all that I've studied the previous four years. I am not quite a stranger to the pursuits of the math and science student. I have been one before. I can be one again. And perhaps in my off-duty time, I'll get back to work on that engineering degree.
I've made plenty of mistakes before. I may read this post again in six years and wonder what I was smoking. But for now, I'm willing to bet six years of my life that I won't.