Hi all! I'm four months away from the golden day of graduation. It's been four intense, yet fulfilling years here at my university. I'm going to earn a BS in Atmospheric Sciences with a minor in Applied mathematics and Japanese. While I love the schoolwork I'm doing, I have a few noteworthy items to bring to the table. For one, all my work in Atmospheric Sciences is pretty rudimentary. We technically always work in simplified, idealized "worlds" in which the atmosphere behaves in elementary physics. While this makes the math easier and the understanding of the physics possible, I am a little unsure how I'll feel once I graduate without knowing the "full story". With the proper training on-the-job, will it be enough for me to take on the role of a forecaster who will need to know the picky details of the atmosphere over a certain area? Second, the various classes I am taking are over a broad range of interests among my classmates. There is the really basic climatology stuff. There's also instrument testing and observations (a class I'm taking right now, actually) that would appease hands-on lovers, and there's the nitty gritty dynamics classes that are just filled with derivations and math, in which a researcher would flourish among pages and pages of notes I take everyday. Don't get me wrong, it's amazing to take such diverse classes. However, will I know exactly what I want to do with all my knowledge? I would hate to put it all to waste over one job that utilizes maybe 1/50th of what I learned in school. Finally, there's the minor aspect of it all. I decided to go for an applied mathematics minor because I was simply one class away from it (the others were required as prereqs for my major). Japanese is a passion of mine, and although I probably won't move to Japan, I love being able to converse in it from time to time. I'm rather curious here... how many of you guys actually use what you learned in your minors in your career jobs? Ah, well that's it for me. Back to work on my 4th lab report of the quarter. Working ahead feels awesome, but I do need sleep, too. haha Comment away! Share your experiences!