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I would love to be an internet personality and monetize a youtube channel or blog of some sort, unfortunately the chances of that are akin to surviving a lightning strike. In the likely event that I don't go viral I'm hoping to land a job in animation, visual effects, or sequential art.

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I wanted (keyword: wanted. Past tense) to be a movie producer/director.  However the pressures and hassles of being one would be too cumbersome and stressful.  Plus learning how movies goers work and how they make movies just to get butts in seats is nauseating.  I wanted to create movies that would bring real escapism.  However an slightly autistic introvert like me should have seen that.

 

Dreams aside, I'm just looking for something photoshop related.  Since that's what I'm good at.

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I don't have a dream job.

 

I am currently doing it even though I'm a senior in High School.

But what i do now is Meteorology.

 

Am a radar tech for Southern Style Storm Chase'n.

Been already with them for 2 years. Re done my SKYWARN Storm Spotter training.

But my overall idea here is to graduate high school, go to community college in North Texas and then go to Oklahoma University and Master in Meteorology.

 

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I want to fly for a living. It's an expensive dream on my resources and time, but I could never complain about getting to fly. Even if pay isn't the best at first, I'd be doing something I love. I usually flight sim, but I haven't been able to do that lately, so I've been a bit stressed that I can't even do that. I'll get a chance today though :).

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I have no idea. Literally none at all. I can not think of any sort of career I would like to do for the rest of my life.

 

 I do know I would like to start making youtube let's plays and other things at some point. But the chances of me becoming big and popular enough to make real money off of it are pretty slim. Plus, to be honest I'm not sure I like the idea of being really popular. A small following would be pretty nice though. Not to mention I worry that It wouldn't be fun anymore if I started viewing it as an actual job...

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I'd love to be a mathematician. As far as I am aware, there is no specific "mathematician" job title out there, so more specifically I hope to land a tenure-track professorship at a university some day that would allow me to participate in on-going research in whatever my chosen area of specialty will be. I have yet to make that choice, but my current plan is to make that decision no later than my 3rd or 4th year of college. 
 
Broadly speaking, most of the major subdivisions in mathematics are the following: foundations/logic, algebra, number theory, analysis, geometry, and topology. Thus far, I likely see myself specializing in algebra, analysis, or geometry/topology. 
 
The amount of education and training required to get to a research position in mathematics is enormously lengthy and difficult, but I will love it every step of the way.
 
In elementary school and early middle school, I learned the basics: arithmetic, basic geometry, and pre-algebra. By the end of middle school, I had also taken Advanced Algebra I.
 
In high school, I ended up taking multiple math courses some years, resulting in me having taken the following:

  • Advanced Geometry
     
  • Advanced Algebra II
     
  • Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus
     
  • AP Statistics (equivalent to a university-level course in introductory algebra-based statistics)
     
  • AP Calculus AB (equivalent to a university-level Calculus I course)
     
  • AP Calculus BC (equivalent to a university-level Calculus II course; I am currently taking this)

I also have an excellent teacher for AP Calculus BC. He covers all of the required topics for the BC curriculum plus a few extra/advanced topics in about half the allotted time. So, next semester he's going to introduce us to multivariable calculus, which I'm really looking forward to. It'll really help prepare me for college.

Thanks to AP credits, assuming I do well on the AP Calculus BC exam next semester I will probably be able to start off with Calculus III my first semester of college.
 
Once at university, I plan to major in mathematics and potentially minor in French, German, or Russian, as many PhD programs in mathematics require proficiency in one of those languages to aid in the reading of mathematical research publications in non-English languages.
 
I hope to enroll in a dual Bachelors/Masters degree program in mathematics. The former is an undergraduate degree typically earned in 4 years, while the latter is a lower-level graduate degree typically earned in 1-3 years. This program would allow me to earn both in only 5 years, which is less time than it would take to pursue both separately.
 
After that I would apply to a PhD program in mathematics somewhere, which would likely take 5-7 years to complete. A PhD is the highest level graduate degree attainable in mathematics and represents a substantial and professional level of ability and knowledge in the field. I would begin by taking highly advanced courses in my area of specialty, which would culminate in me successfully performing original research in mathematics: in other words, coming up with and proving something new in mathematics that no one else has. Many people do this successfully, but it will be very challenging regardless.
 
Following that I would likely land in one or more postdoctoral positions for the next 1-3 years before being eligible to apply for a more permanent position at a university somewhere doing research and probably teaching as well.
 
My college plans are substantial, but in constant flux. I have currently altered my preliminary plans five times, and they will only continue to change as I go through college and gain more experience. However, I prefer to start out with a plan that I can change as needed as opposed to trying to start from scratch.
 
I will share the most recent version of my preliminary plans in regard to college courses. Please note that each year is divided into two semesters. I also plan to take courses during the summer, which should be assumed to be in between each year. Each class is prefixed by a three-digit number that indicates its general difficulty. The higher the number, the greater the general difficulty of the course. The college I plan to attend utilizes a numbering system ranging from 000 - 999. In the mathematics department, courses at the 700 level and higher are consider graduate level and therefore very advanced. Please note that this numbering system is not standardized and may be very different at your university. Please also note that I have stored information regarding credits for my personal records (at my university, most courses are three credits, and that means you're in the class for three hours a week) but I omit that information here to reduce cluttering of the lists.
 

 

YEAR ONE

Semester One
MATH 199 - Undergraduate Mathematics Seminar
MATH 222 - Analytic Geometry & Calculus III
FREN 111 - French I
ENGL 100 - Expository Writing I
PHILO 125 - Introduction to Philosophy of Science

 


Semester Two
MATH 511 - Introduction to Algebraic Systems
MATH 515 - Introduction to Linear Algebra 
MATH 570 - History of Mathematics
FREN 112 - French II

 


Summer
COMM 106 - Public Speaking I
MATH 240 - Elementary Differential Equations




YEAR TWO

Semester One
MATH 512 - Introduction to Modern Algebra
MATH 572 - Foundations of Geometry
MATH 633 - Advanced Calculus I
FREN 211 - French III
FREN 315 - Elementary French Conversation


Semester Two
MATH 520 - Foundations of Analysis
MATH 634 - Advanced Calculus II
MATH 700 - Set Theory and Logic
MATH 704 - Introduction to the Theory of Groups
FREN 313 - French IV

 

 

Summer
BIOL 198 - Principles of Biology 
ENGL 200 - Expository Writing II

 

 

 

 

YEAR THREE

Semester One
MATH 630 - Introduction to Complex Analysis
MATH 721 - Introduction to Real Analysis
MATH 730 - Abstract Algebra I
FREN 509 - French Phonetics
ENGL 516 - Written Communication for the Sciences
HIST 585 - Medieval Religion and Politics



Semester Two

MATH 506 - Introduction to Number Theory

MATH 722 - Introduction to Functions of Several Variables
MATH 731 - Abstract Algebra II
FREN 513 - French Composition and Grammar

CIS 111 - Introduction to Computer Programming

 


Summer
HIST 520 - Death and Dying in History
PHYS 213 - Engineering Physics I




YEAR FOUR

Semester One
MATH 745 - Ordinary Differential Equations
MATH 810 - Higher Algebra I
MATH 821 - Real Analysis
STAT 510 - Introductory Probability and Statistics I
FREN 516 - Readings in French


Semester Two

PHYS 214 - Engineering Physics II

MATH 560 - Introduction to Topology
MATH 632 - Elementary Partial Differential Equations
MATH 811 - Higher Algebra II
MATH 822 - Complex Analysis


Summer
CHM 210 - Chemistry I
MATH 511 - Applied Matrix Theory




YEAR FIVE

Semester One
MATH 701 - Elementary Topology I
MATH 816 - Algebraic Geometry I
MATH 840 - Differential Equations I
MATH 920 - Theory of Groups
FREN 520 - Introduction to French Literature I


Semester Two
MATH 702 - Elementary Topology II
MATH 772 - Elementary Differential Geometry
MATH 817 - Algebraic Geometry II
MATH 841 - Differential Equations II
FREN 521 - Introduction to French Literature II

 

 

Summer
ART 180 - Two Dimensional Design
CHM 230 - Chemistry II

 
All of this is subject to change as time goes on. I will be needing to balance this with a job, as well as plenty of free time to spend with friends, family, and alone. Accomplishing this will be no easy task, but it will undoubtedly be worthwhile for what I want to do.


It is highly unlikely that I will enter into a PhD program at the same institution I plan to earn my Bachelors and Masters degrees from, but I will provide a sample plan using classes from that institution as an example to illustrate the hypothetical content and rigor that I will want to incorporate into my PhD course plan. From what I understand most graduate programs in mathematics would take about 5-7 years to complete, so in this example I write out a plan for six years.
 


YEAR ONE (GRADUATE)

Semester One
MATH 706 - Theory of Numbers
MATH 812 - Homological Algebra I
MATH 814 - Lie Algebras and Representations I
MATH 818 - Introduction to Algebraic Groups I
MATH 823 - Geometric Measure and Function Theory I


Semester Two
MATH 813 - Homological Algebra II
MATH 815 - Lie Algebras and Representations II
MATH 819 - Introduction to Algebraic Groups II
MATH 824 - Geometric Measure and Function Theory II
MATH 842 - Differential Equations III




YEAR TWO (GRADUATE)

Semester One
MATH 740 - Calculus of Variation
MATH 825 - Complex Analysis I
MATH 827 - Classical and Modern Fourier Analysis I
MATH 852 - Functional Analysis I
MATH 864 - Theory of Ordinary Differential Equations I


Semester Two
MATH 826 - Complex Analysis II
MATH 828 - Classical and Modern Fourier Analysis II
MATH 853 - Functional Analysis II
MATH 865 - Theory of Ordinary Differential Equations II
MATH 890 - Riemann Surfaces




YEAR THREE (GRADUATE)

Semester One
MATH 857 - Nonlinear Analysis I
MATH 871 - General Topology I
MATH 875 - Algebraic Topology
MATH 877 - Classical and Quantum General Relativity
MATH 881 - Differentiable Manifolds I


Semester Two
MATH 830 - Algebraic Number Theory
MATH 858 - Nonlinear Analysis II
MATH 872 - General Topology II
MATH 876 - Differential Topology
MATH 882 - Differentiable Manifolds II




YEAR FOUR (GRADUATE)

Semester One
MATH 924 - Several Complex Variables
MATH 925 - Group Representations and Character Theory I
MATH 971 - Algebraic Topology I
MATH 973 - Low-Dimensional Topology I - Geometric Topology
MATH 999 - Research in Mathematics


Semester Two
MATH 831 - Analytic Number Theory
MATH 926 - Group Representations and Character Theory II
MATH 972 - Algebraic Topology II
MATH 974 - Low-Dimensional Topology II - Quantum Topology
MATH 999 - Research in Mathematics

 

 

Summer
MATH 999 - Research in Mathematics
 

 

 


YEAR FIVE (GRADUATE)

Semester One
MATH 991 - Topics in Algebra
MATH 999 - Research in Mathematics


Semester Two
MATH 992 - Topics in Analysis
MATH 999 - Research in Mathematics


Summer
MATH 999 - Research in Mathematics

 

 


YEAR SIX (GRADUATE)

Semester One
MATH 991 - Topics in Algebra
MATH 999 - Research in Mathematics


Semester Two
MATH 992 - Topics in Analysis
MATH 999 - Research in Mathematics

 

 

Summer
MATH 999 - Research in Mathematics

 

Upon successful completion of this program among other things I would hopefully earn a PhD in mathematics, and then be able to go on to perform basic research along with teaching in a postdoctoral position for the next 1-3 years at minimum before moving on to a more permanent position at a university somewhere.
 
Ultimately, I would hopefully have the knowledge, ability, certification, and resources to perform research in mathematics at the forefront of human knowledge in whatever my chosen area of specialty would be. That would be an incredible joy.

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My dream job was to be a cosmetologist. I know that will never happen, though. I'm autistic and terrible with people. The best I do is cut my own hair and sometimes style my sister's hair. Now I have no dream jobs. The only jobs I can do are jobs that I don't like. The things I want to do involve being social. I wish I was an extrovert who wasn't so social phobic. :(

 

I gave up on dreams. I know I will never have a career that I would actually want.

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I really want to be a program developer. Programming is almost like a puzzle with lots of angles and solutions to solve a problem. It's also the only craft I have where I make something and it doesn't all come crashing down. I'm pretty meticulous about testing as I write new features.

 

That being said though, teaching isn't out of the equation either. I might go in that direction after a number of years being in the industry. I have a couple of highly influential contacts at my old school that I think would be happy to have me on board...

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Ahhh... Well, you see, my true dream job (and that's all it is, just a fantasy) would be in design engineering/testing, for a company such as Ford or Caterpillar.  You know... working on the "Proving Grounds" - something like this:



Yeah yeah - I know...  Basically, I wanted to follow in the footsteps of either Tanner Foust or Mike Rowe, lol.

 

But I chose a different path.  My realistic dream job is that which logically follows my computer-science major: I hope to be a Systems Analyst one day.

 

"Whoa!  How does one go from cars to computers like that?"

Good question... The biggest factors for me were (and are) the probability/likelihood of success.  Graduating college with a degree in computer science - especially considering I will have had to have an internship to do so - opens up many more doors than the vague "I want to test the durability (etc.) of vehicles for money" lol.  

 

Plus, I've both loved cars and computers nearly my whole life.  But being a gearhead is just enjoying a hobby for me.  I knew computers were going to be the path I chose as soon as I thought to myself; *If you choose to go down the path of pursuing your interests in the automobile world, you'll likely just end up as a mechanic* - I knew computers were the right choice.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not dissing on mechanics at all, and I'm not trying to over-generalize the pursuit of working with cars, but in my area, if you like cars, you don't have much of an option.  And, I really don't want to have to move too far away from home for my future career.  

 

Currently, I'm a sophomore in computer-science, and the main focus has been java coding.  I just had an interview today with State Farm for a possible internship during next summer.  All I'm going to say about that is: it went well, and lasted for 45 minutes.  I hope to be lucky enough to be selected for the internship.  It would be a wonderful opportunity, and could push me one step further towards success after I graduate.

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TBH, I don't even know anymore. I don't think I have a dream job anymore. I have become so desensitized to such things.

 

I just know that it is not where I'm working right now.

 

Idealistically, I'd win the lottery and not have to work, and spend how much longer I have taking classes at college and playing in ensembles. That's what I enjoy most in life. Learning.

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