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What subject at school did you enjoy most & how has it manifested itself in your adult life?

Asked by ucme (45372points) May 16th, 2013

By that I mean in terms of a career based on any skills/qualifications gained in the subject, or perhaps even a hobby which you practice.

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Rarebear's avatar

I’m a physician and astronomer.

LuckyGuy's avatar

No question about it…. Science!
I’m an engineer / physicist. I love my work!

Berserker's avatar

I liked art class, which mostly featured on drawing with several different mediums. Pencils, painting, there was also some sculpting. My favorite was the drawing with pencils, learning different methods and trying out different things like shading and proportion through assignments and in class work. It’s pretty much the only class I actually got high scores in.
I’m not a kick ass drawer, but it’s a hobby I have, and I liked drawing ever since I was a kid. But that class taught me a lot of stuff that significantly increased my skill. Also now it’s inconceivable for me to draw anything without my trustee smudger.

ucme's avatar

Yeah, I loved PE & art & while I still play lots of sport & sketch the kids some cartoon or gaming characters, they remain just a hobby…just didn’t quite make the grade whimper.

augustlan's avatar

Number one love: Art. It’s my hobby. It manifests itself through drawing, painting, woodworking, designing, etc.

Number two love: English. It’s helped me throughout my life in many ways. It’s been an essential part of every job I’ve held, of course, but is even more so now that I’m an editor. Not to mention the love of reading (which generally comes along with the love of language). The reading has taught me so much more than I ever learned in school!

KNOWITALL's avatar

I took journalism (newspaper feature editor and yearbook) and broadcast journalism in high school. I used those communication and organization skills in my professional life by getting fabulous jobs in real estate, high end auto dealership and my current job in media.

RandomGirl's avatar

Up until 6th or 7th grade (I remember the day, not the year), I really hated English. I guess it was because I had this inherent sense of how the language worked, and always knew what words were right and wrong, and I hated learning all the rules! I always said, “But I know which word to use. Why do I have to learn the lists?!”. When I was introduced to diagramming in 6th or 7th grade, though, I realized how amazing the English language really is, and have loved it ever since.
Now, I’m 16 and starting college at the local community college in the fall. I’m excited to put my love of language to use. I’m planning on getting a business degree of some sort so that I can run a community outreach program do what I really love to do with words: Influence people’s lives.

JLeslie's avatar

Science. Specifically the biological sciences. How it manifests itself in my adult life is an ongoing interest in science, especially medical science.

Next was Math. I also really like Psychology, but I am less interested in that now.

My major in college was Marketing. I don’t know if I really had a love for it, I just understood it well.

Most of my career was in the retail industry and my math skills definitely helped with that as well as my business education. Especially when I was a buyer I truly enjoyed playing with the numbers.

downtide's avatar

My favourite subjects in school were English and art. I didn’t pursue either beyond high school but art and writing are still hobbies I indulge in regularly.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Science. I’ve been a scientist my whole life, always asking questions about how and why things work like they do. I’m now going to school for marine biology.

Mariah's avatar

Math and science. I’m not sure my life is “adult” yet but in college I’m studying computer science with a math minor and my current job is tutoring my fellow students in differential equations.

rojo's avatar

Physical Anthropology: Other than providing me with an interesting diversion my entire life, thus far, it has been of no “real” use to me.

bookish1's avatar

I enjoyed history, English/literature, and philosophy the most…. I have betrothed myself to history (still in the honeymoon phase, really), and literature and philosophy do a great deal to inform how I approach the discipline.

Cupcake's avatar

Math and Science
I’m a clinical data analyst

talljasperman's avatar

Social studies and science I’m disabled… But I do consider Fluther my day job.

dabbler's avatar

I’m a victim of too many interests that tear me from one fascinating subject to another.
This led to some lack of direction in college, and after a couple years as an unfocused engineering major, I dropped out. At that time I promised myself I would not re-enroll unless I knew what I wanted to study.

During the next few years (working as an electronics technician) I observed that I had spontaneously spent a lot of extra time on programming classes and in two cases had received the best grade in the class. There’s something about the puzzles of software that keep me interested.
When I did go back to college I concentrated on computer science.
I got a programming job out of college and have been working on software of one kind or another since then, from assembly language boot code to industrial-strength data processing.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

I loved psychology. Now I’m psycho.

working hard on the logy.

bkcunningham's avatar

Sex education was my favorite class in school. It is my favorite hobby and has manifested itself in other ways in my life as well. People are constantly saying, “Fuck you,” to me.

GracieT's avatar

Much like @dabbler I’m really interested in way too many different subjects to settle on any one, but I do have three main interests. One is words-
anything having to do with words, next is Anthropology, and the last is Latin. I took Anthropology and Latin when I first was in college. That was ** years ago, and a lot has happened since then, such as my undergrad degree not being in either subject, but I still love them.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

My training in particular techniques in clinical psychology helped me become a better listener and it helped me improve the quality of my relationships with people I have met in ordinary situations.

Sunny2's avatar

English, Biology and Physiology, Art and Music. I love the written and spoken word.. I like knowing how the body works. I create art when asked to (I have some talent, but no genius). I’ve been singing since I was 9 with a 20 year hiatus in my 20’s and 30’s.

Bellatrix's avatar

I initially loved history but once we moved onto modern history, I hated it. I’ve already said here before that my English Literature and English Language teachers refused to enrol me in the final exams because they assumed I’d fail. My dad paid for them. I can’t think of anything I learned at school that has had any bearing on my career. Certainly not what I do now.

Blueroses's avatar

“The Origin of Words” was the most detested class. It was led by Professor Boring and mostly involved memorization of roots and connecting syllables.

It is the most useful class I ever had. I memorized all and can figure out nearly any English word in context. It also helped me to learn Latin based languages. I know the base words and the rest is accent.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

So tell me @Blueroses. Without looking it up, is the word “information” noun or verb?

I’d also be interested in knowing how you personally define that word.

I have the greatest respect for linguistics.

Can you give me any insight to where the word “dunja” comes from, and what its true meaning is. I have an idea. But I’d like to hear it from someone else without me tainting their view.

Also the prayer ending “amen”. What does that really mean?

ucme's avatar

Cheers folks, good stuff!

Seek's avatar

My greatest fascinations were in the sciences and history. Unfortunately, I don’t get along with maths very well, so pursuing a career in medicine or astronomy wasn’t going to happen. Sucks too, as I was kickass at dissection of rats and foetal pigs. Probably would make a great mortitian. Or at least a decent taxidermist. If I had gone to college, I probably would have ended up in archaeology or literature, if they’d have me.

As of now, I just have stacks and stacks of books on evolutionary biology, archaeology, history, and folklore.

I was a natural at English and Literature. Easy As.

JLeslie's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr I rarely hear the combination science and history. I guess anthropologists maybe might have that combination? I never really thought about it before. This entire thread I found it interesting how people were math science or history English, but then here you are with that unexpected combination.

OpryLeigh's avatar

I loved History lessons at school and I still love history. I’d rather watch a history documentary than most other things on TV. However, it doesn’t go much further than that. In another life I would love to be a historian and make a living from it!

bookish1's avatar

What about you, @ucme?
@Leanne1986 : I’d love to make a living that way too… I’ll let you know in ten years if I was successful ;)

ucme's avatar

I already answered @bookish1 way up there.

OpryLeigh's avatar

@bookish1 Good luck to you :)

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