Couldn't have said it better myself.sardaukar wrote: ↑May 14th, 2009 1:51 pmIf you excel in commerce studies, there is also always an opportunity to obtain a concurrent degree with medicine, law, or MBA.
The point is that, it is much more difficult to get a high GPA in engineering studies, as compared to commerce. For the same amount of effort, it's possible that one can get a 3.5+ in commerce while only achieving a B-/C+ in engineering. I know of many people, bright students back in high school, who got screwed by engineering so badly that they had trouble switching out to even general arts program. Putting a bunch of smart, high-achieving high school graduates in the same program has one unavoidable effect: someone has to be at the receiving end of those C's and D's thanks to the bell-curves!
Not to mention the quality of university life in commerce is far superior to that in engineering. Being successful isn't only about marks and degrees; it's also about the networks and connections you make throughout your lifetime. Being in commerce gives you that edge that most geeky engineers do not possess.
If your ultimate goal is to do medicine / law, then you're doing yourself a disservice by getting your bachelor's in engineering. Much better to choose an easier major (eg. commerce) where you have a much bigger chance to excel in, enjoy your undergrad years and not get burnt out, and then apply to medicine / law with a stellar GPA and extracurricular activities record.
An engineering student can easily have DOUBLE the amount of class-hours (LEC, TUT, LABS) than the average commerce student.
An eng. student has to spend much more time STUDYING than the commerce student...plus, it is not like you can just sit down, open a book, and understand (for engineering). You have to hunt down the one person who knows the topic, you have to read up on the material through other sites, hunt the Prof/TA. I imagine conditions are similar (not learning on the spot) for commerce, but they have much more TIME to do so.
Again, with the abundance of time for a commerce student - he can go out and engage in EXTRACURRICULAR activity, things that actually help you get a job, you know. Sure engineers can do it, but they'd have to throw out their social life outside the window. Whereas commerce student need not throw their social lives out the door...they still have TIME. It may be difficult for an engineer to understand, but social lives actually effect your mental well-being, being with yourself for so much time can negatively affect you. Your communication/interpersonal skills weaken, you begin to talk to yourself, etc, etc.
Oh, and with the lack of TIME you have in engineering...you really cannot go to the gym much, if AT ALL. I would imagine most Commerce students can go to the gym quite often...my friend who is 2nd year Rotman Commerce at UofT had class two days a week...pretty sure he went to the gym quite often. Lack of exercise effects your mental and physical health (duh).
Oh, and reading balance sheet are easier than solving PDE's.