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That's my planned major, I'm a junior in H.S as well. There's only a dozen or schools in the country that offer that degree. If you want a combination of skiing and school go to Colorado School of Mines. It has a top 5 program. Not to mention P.E has the highest paying starting salary amongst all bachelor's degrees. If you're lucky like one of my buddies, you'll be making 100,000+ right out of college. You'll be making just under what a M.D makes without all of the excess schooling.
Don't let some of this negativity about being hard work etc put you off - remember, nothing in life worth doing is going to come easily, or else everyone would be doing it.
You're not alone on these courses, you have an awesome support network in your course friends and teachers / profs etc... there doors are always open and they want you to succeed, they also don't expect you to know everything, get everything etc straight away.... I had to do Dam Engineering.... imagine what it is like to design a dam, by hand... one of my assignments was this... was epic... but i got through it with my course buddies, we helped each other out... and it is a very satisfying feeling to pull that shit off, then when one of your none course buddies doing something like media studies see's it and just goes wtf... it feels good, like a real achievement.
Now i'm working.... and it's the same... it takes 5 years to design a subsea system, but the day they flick the switch and start producing oil through kit you worked on and influenced... 6000 ft down on the ocean floor... and it doesn't blow up immediately.. ha.... well, that feels freakin sick dude... then you get the Chopper ride back to the beach after a few weeks offshore... and hit bars and clubs like a roller.... champagne campaign....
Everything in life worth doing, is not going to be easy.....