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27 Nov 2007, 10:13 pm

Personally, capitalized letters are harder for me to read than lowercase ones.

I'm decent at math and am a physical chemistry major. So, basically, I'm a chemistry major and take the physical chemistry classes and then a few upper division physics classes.


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30 Nov 2007, 8:48 pm

Look out for accounting, it involves a lot more social interaction than you would think. Employers want you to get involved in honors societies and clubs, and business courses in general often involved a lot of working as a team, doing presentations, etc. As an aspie it's hard for me sometimes, but I'm capable of faking it long enough to survive. I did have a really hard time when it came to interviews--only one of the firms I spoke with ended up calling me back for a second interview [they eventually hired me], and I think a lot of the rejection was due to my aspieness [also probably my age--I'm in my mid-30s]

I know I'm going to have an uphill battle in the workplace, but hopefully things will be too busy for me to have too many problems. I also plan to really learn everything I can about what I do so that my knowledge can counteract my aspieness.

As one of my professors has said, "If you're going into accounting because you want to just work in a room without dealing with other people, you're going into the wrong field."

One area that seems to be a little more aspie friendly is actuarial science--really specialized, complicated math that accountants and other financial types don't want to be bothered with.



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30 Nov 2007, 9:59 pm

I'd advocate for computer science, physics, chemistry or anything like that. Sure you'll be working in a lab (probably) if you do physics or chemistry, but the people who spend all day in the lab are usually pretty good people to work with.


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30 Nov 2007, 11:19 pm

I still believe that biology, from my own experience, would be a good major for the archetypical (that is the keyword) Aspergian. It's all about systems, patterns, and synchrony. It's really quite beautiful if you can appreciate that sort of thing.



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01 Dec 2007, 11:40 am

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For someone that's strength is Math, what are the good majors in college for someone that might have asperger's?


As a recent college grad, I'm going to spell out a few caveats:

1. I'd be wary of majoring in pure math. While in any major, there are plenty of grads with a lot of knowledge, but inability to apply that knowledge to the real world, those types are more well represented in math. On the other hand, with a math undergrad degree, you can get into any masters or PhD program you'd like, in any math-related subject. So maybe you should start out as a math major but consider switching. A major in statistics may be useful, especially if you want to get into the financial sector or do quantitative finance.

2. How is your physical coordination? Be careful of majors that only prepare you for jobs requiring a lot of physical coordination. There is a lot of difference between studying a subject in class, and working in a lab doing procedures that involve lots of coordination or "executive functioning."

3. How are your 3D spatial visualization skills? If they are good, that opens up majors like architectural engineering, civil engineering, structural engineering.

Also, how much math have you taken? The skills required for different fields of math may be different.



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01 Dec 2007, 3:14 pm

I give an enthusiastic second to the advice regarding statistics. If you enjoy that type of math, you will never have trouble finding a job, and will have a lot to choose from. Most people don't like it and are intimidated by it.

BTW, accounting doesn't require much math beyond basic arithmetic and very basic algebra [basically solving for X.] There is a tiny bit of statistics in auditing, but just the most basic stuff--standard deviation/z-scores. That's all there is, but you'd be surprised how many people in my classes reach for a calculator when asked for 10% of a number.



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09 Dec 2007, 11:41 pm

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For someone that's strength is Math, what are the good majors in college for someone that might have asperger's?


Computer Science (especially the more theoretical and experimental areas like AI, I'd say, lots of math and logic there).

Physics (Superstrings for teh win!).


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10 Dec 2007, 7:53 pm

Odin wrote:
Sandbox wrote:
For someone that's strength is Math, what are the good majors in college for someone that might have asperger's?


Computer Science (especially the more theoretical and experimental areas like AI, I'd say, lots of math and logic there).

Physics (Superstrings for teh win!).


I'm going to have to give a caution about going into such a theoretical area. Often the jobs for people who train in areas such as superstring theory or AI are limited, and one would have to switch fields after doing a Ph.D in these areas. However, if you think you'd actually enjoy studying them, then you may as well go for it.

Also remember that if you become a faculty member, you will have to get research grants, and this may be especially difficult for Aspies, due to limited social skills. And ironically, the more abstract the field, the more difficult it is to get grants. So as a recent college grad, I'd say to definitely consider how useful something is before going into it.



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15 Dec 2007, 2:54 am

Writing Lit Major, going into teaching, after a few years of working for CPT abroad.


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Nice... I'm a chemistry major/physics minor, looking into either teaching (I'm pretty good at explaining it to people) or forensic chemistry.


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27 Dec 2007, 11:30 am

Namiko wrote:
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Writing Lit Major, going into teaching, after a few years of working for CPT abroad.


Nice... I'm a chemistry major/physics minor, looking into either teaching (I'm pretty good at explaining it to people) or forensic chemistry.


That's pretty awesome, Namiko. I am a science (biology) major myself, and thinking of a minor in zoology.



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27 Dec 2007, 11:23 pm

I'm majoring in Political Science with minors in history and international studies. Mostly I went to college to study the stuff I'm most interested in like history and international politics. So, I've really enjoyed it because I was studying something I'm interested which I think is really important when it comes to majors in college.



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28 Dec 2007, 4:14 am

Well the best major is always what you're most interested in and this is even more true for aspergers since it seems like a common AS trait to have narrower interests or less tolerance for classes in non-areas-of-interest.

Obviously some majors are much less likely to fit than others, like business, because those require social skills and interaction.

There are some traditional (read stereotypical) aspie majors like math, science, engineering, but I think art majors are also well represented. History as well probably, especially since some people have their special interest be a particular era or subject.

Gamester: I'm curious, as a lit major, is it because of interest in literature as a whole, or because of special interest in one particular type?



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28 Dec 2007, 2:00 pm

lkonantz wrote:
I'm majoring in Political Science

Me too.



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30 Dec 2007, 2:23 am

I have to choose a major, between Environmental Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Chemistry. I have aspie-like features. I know people are like, 'you're an aspie, so what'. But I would like the opinion of some people, regarding which best suits an aspie. I think Environmental CHemistry requires alot of socializing and going out, and Pharamaceutical Chemistry, requires alot of hand coordination .



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