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What was the hardest part towards obtaining an Information Technology major?

I have heard that an IT major is VERY difficult to obtain. But does it depend on the person or are there just certain courses that are difficult? technology information-technology computer-science

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Dhairya’s Answer

Hi Gabriela,
Great to see you are interested in Information Technology! Honestly, it's very subjective. Regardless of what you study, college tends to be a challenging experience. You are expected to study on your own, manage your time wisely, and be independent in your learning journey. You'll find some classes will come easy to you and others are quite difficult.

Depending on your background it may be easy, challenging, or even incredibly difficult. You can't really control that. What you can control is the effort and time you put into being successful. If you find yourself excited and passionate about IT, then dive in and take the classes. Most colleges will have support systems in place to help you be successful. But you'll need to take the initiative to find them and be proactive in getting help when you need it. These support systems include: tutoring, professor's office hours, sections, and advising.

I know this answer is not quite what you're expecting. That's because you should choose pursue a degree for your own personal growth and professional aspirations. Don't let perceived difficulty be the impediment to exploring IT or really any field you find fascinating. In fact the hardest classes I took in college turned out to be the most rewarding. They taught me how to be confident in myself and that I could tackle and challenge if I put my energy and focus into it.

Good luck and post more questions!
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Sarah’s Answer

Hi Gabriela,

It's great to see that you have interest in an Information Technology major. As with any major, there are students that pick up the material very quickly and others that have to work harder to learn it. I would say that it very much depends on the person, but don't let that deter you. As Dhairya already mentioned above, there are a lot of support options in college, that can help you be successful, if you run into a class that may be more difficult. I think that learning how to use the support systems around you and taking advantage of those opportunities better prepares you for working in your career field. This is especially important in IT because technology is constantly changing and you will continually learn and grow and partner with your peers to make adjustments to the changes that will happen. I do think that is one of the great advantages to working in IT as well, in that you are always learning something new and the jobs don't become the same thing day after day. I wish you all the best and thanks for asking the question!

Sarah recommends the following next steps:

Try out an online course to see what you think. There are a lot of free options, one site that I have used several times is https://www.udemy.com/. Here is a great one for an intro Java course (it's a lot of sections, but they are broken down into small segments and you don't have to do them all): https://www.udemy.com/java-tutorial/.
If you are still in high school, there may be classes you can try out there to see if you like an IT-based class.
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Rani’s Answer

I'd say it depends on the person's interests. Personally I realized I don't like coding but loved the overall architecture and data analysis part of IT. I did my bachelors degree in Electronics and masters in Computer Science. I did good in programming in college but in my job didn't like it that much. So your interests may change the more you know . IT is more logical & analytical thinking - so if you are good in math and love solving problems logically it will be easy in my personal experience. My suggestion is focus on what you feel comfortable and challenged / interested to pursue. Thinking back on the hardest part - just the course load coz I tried to complete sooner than my peers due to personal reasons - none of the classes were hard . Best wishes if you intend to pursue IT - you will find out pretty soon whether you love it.
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