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I hear ya ... That was my initial reaction too... But it also puts me in a higher tax bracket and if you do make it to retirement getting your meds, equipt, and nursing home accomm fees mostly paid for is huge... Add spousal coverage and its enough to make one pause for thought. What's weighing most heavily on me is I'd also get to leave a poisoned lazy union environment if I give up the govt perks too. Haha trust me my 25 yr old punk rock self wants to punch my middle aged fretting self in the face right now :-)
I know several people who have studied and are studying engineering. My statements in no manner were meant to demean engineering or mathematics. Lab reports are horrible, but you cannot compare a lab report to a literary analysis of War and Peace that requires multiple citations, elements from the novel, without falling into plot summary, and an approved thesis by the professor. Two different forms of written work that are graded in different manners. I had to read 150 pages on average per week for my 120 level Slavic Folklore course. College sucks in some regards, I hope you enjoy engineering. Without engineers, we aspiring literature professors would not have cars to drive or reliable bridges Just don't let your value get to your head, as I say, one day we will be teaching your children
Well, I'm somewhat of a stereotypical bookworm INTJ, so I might not be the best person to ask.
For one thing, I never participated in the whole 6th street nightlife thing, but a lot of people tend to hang out there. It's a pretty long walk though, so you'd want to take the bus. If you have an ID card, then the CapitolMetro bus is free.
That said, here's a few things I have done though:
There is the LBJ museum on campus. There is also the Blanton Art Museum on campus but it's free on only one of the days of the week (I think it was Tuesdays, but I could be wrong). There's also the State History Museum. It also has an IMAX next to it if you want to watch any movies.
There are a lot of good restaurants along Guadalupe (a couple of Pho restaurants and Austin's Pizza were my favorites) and along 24th (a Lebanese Mediterranean restaurant and a cool frozen yogurt place). If you go north from Dean Keeton along San Jacinto, there's also a nice burger place.
The State Capitol is also within walking distance, though there isn't a whole lot of stuff to see inside.
Complex analysis is REALLY interesting imo. Real analysis can get kinda clunky in that differentiability, integrability, and analyticity, etc. are all separate things, but when you extend functions to the complex plane they all become synonymous. There are a lot of cool things like that. I don't know what parts of it would be useful for ChemE (besides the process control aspect), but it's been pretty invaluable for me in understanding Laplace and Fourier transforms and linear systems theory.
Real analysis is also good, but you don't get to the good stuff until much later, like with measure theory, Lp spaces, etc. (even then, only useful if you're into theory, like me!) Complex analysis will probably seem more useful right off the bat.