Don't start studying stuff "for the money." You're never going to be successful like that, no offense. I wanted to go into engineering too, but when I started having an interest in History and Politics I just applied for UBC Arts. You're going to be making money if you're doing what you're best at.
I am not entirely sure what you mean in the bolded part. I chose a field for the money and I didn't find it particularly interesting. I have been working for almost a year now.
In my final year of high school, I didn't find myself particularly "good" at any particular subject nor did I find anything particularly interesting aside from video games and girls. I scored in the 90s in all my classes but that was mostly through hard work. Sure, I suppose I could have tried to become a professional gamer or a Playboy photographer but that didn't seem very likely. I had no idea what I wanted to do.
I chose engineering at UBC because it had some of the best chances for employment after graduation due to the highly specialized nature of the work and the required accreditation. I went in with a fairly open mind and I found that the skill and interest grew as I went along. What I was "best at" came through endless learning and practice.
It really depends on attitude and mindset. If you go into college in a program thinking that you are going to not like it and that you are only there for the money, its probably going to result in failure. However, if you go to college with an open mind and ready to learn, the interest and skill will come naturally. I think that is why young children often become successful at things they are exposed to a young age. When they are very young, they are very open minded and ready to learn and soak in information. Young children learn, they become better, interest grows and it snowballs. Many schools unfortunately turn learning into a chore. So my point is that if even if you don't completely like something at first, if you have the right mindset and are willing to put in effort, it will become more interesting and you will become better at it. The interest and skill doesn't necessarily have to come first.
Sorry for the long post, I wasn't expecting to type that much.
Edited by The Situation, 04 May 2013 - 12:06 AM.