My grandma is paying the bill so I'll have no debt. I'm going to Penn State(main campus) and I start in a few days.
I am considering Mechanical or Electrical Engineering. From my research, business majors are extremely saturated but it seems like it would help you more throughout life, or maybe apply to more jobs and be significantly easier. I was even considering a foreign language major like Russian or German, but I can't see how they'd be useful unless you move to the country with native speakers. Maybe I'm getting cold feet because I don't know if I'd even be able to handle it, but I'm also reading from others on here that STEM isn't worth it in general. What does /biz/ think? I really don't know what I'd major in exactly if STEM ended up being a waste of time. I can easily spend this semester taking required electives and such, so it's not like I have to know this minute.
PSU alum here. I did finance and real estate. Don't reccomend. Do Finance and literally anything else like econ or ee or cs.
If you want to be more finance focused on your way out, join the nittany lion fund, but be aware, you will need to have your A game to get in and do well. If you do, wallstreet access is pretty much assured (SAC capital, Goldman sachs, etc). I wish I hadn't taken a year off and actually put effort into the NLF and related activities (I was an analyst for tech there back in 07). My loss is your gain. Don't fuck it up!
Also, I am not sure if this is still possible, but try to ace your first year and apply for the Shreyers school as that will also give you a massive leg up. I know Schreyers kids who did finance and account and work for google and consulting firms as well.
If you want to grind it out and make a lot of money, Wall Street and finance is a good option. If you want a laid back life, then engineering is where you would go. You won't make as much but, you'll work twice as less. Anything cop fin/internal accounting is pretty mind numbing but it's chill. You won't get paid as much as engineering though.
Get a double degree of any business degree and nearly any engineering degree.
You will not only be able to work in either the business area or the engineering side, but, big business loves engineering people, even if they arent doing engineering stuff as the math learned and the difficulty of the engineering subject relative to all the pleb business guys.
This is not a bad option, but business skills can be learned on the job while you get paid. Many of the top guys in corporations have engineering backgrounds. The math, analytical, and problem solving skills they have make them good C level execs.
Engineers learn how to learn. You can teach an engineer business, but you can't teach a businessman engineering.
EE or MechE is up to you. Know excel inside and out. Worst comes to worse you can pick an office job as a temp working on excel spreadsheets while you look for something better.