Features

Here's What You Should Major in College, According to Bill Gates

All incoming college freshmen, take notes!
IMAGE Pexels

As the world inevitably continues to change and grow, we as students often face extreme difficulty in determining the course we want to major in—specifically one that meets the demands of the 21st century. But we won't have to remain undecided for long.

Lucky for us, in a Twitter thread last Monday, Microsoft co-founder William "Bill" Gates revealed what he would study if he were a college freshman today.

He tweeted, "AI, energy, and biosciences are promising fields where you can make a huge impact. It's what I would do if starting out today.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

"Looking back on where I left college, there are some things I wish I had known, e.g. Intelligence takes many different forms. It is not one-dimensional. And not as important as I used to think."

CONTINUE READING BELOW
Recommended Videos

It makes sense, though, for one of the richest men in the world to give this type of suggestion. In the past, Mr. Gates has revealed his predictions for the future, saying that humanity will experience an "energy miracle" in the next 15 or so years.

Furthermore, finance and technology experts have come to agree that in the next 20 years, there will be several significant changes regarding the way companies use AI to operate their factories, construction sites, and retail locations. In order to power these systems, businesses will have to go green—meaning they'll have to begin using renewable sources of energy, such as solar power and wind power.

Being the co-chair of the Gates Foundation, he then urged this current generation to have more of a fighting spirit when it comes to fending for themselves and for others, shedding some light on some of the issues faced by the less fortunate in today's world. These issues are, of course, very much in line with the mission and vision of the foundation, which is to unlock the possibility of every individual by seeing equal value in all lives by providing jobs, health care, and education for those who have not been fortunate enough to receive it.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

"I also have one big regret: When I left school, I knew little about the world's worst inequities. Took me decades to learn. You know more than I did when I was your age. You can start fighting inequity, whether down the street or around the world, sooner."

He even gave a sweet shoutout to his wife, advising, "Meanwhile, surround yourself with people who challenge you, teach you, and push you to be your best self. As @MelindaGates does for me."

The award-winning businessman then concluded his spiel, tweeting, "It doesn't mean you ignore the serious problems we face. It just means you believe they can be resolved. This is the core of my worldview. It sustains me in tough times and is the reason I love my work. I think it can do the same for you. This is an amazing time to be alive. I hope you make the most of it."

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

In light of these changing times, it's refreshing to have someone as powerful as Bill Gates use his influence—on social media, no less—for good. Hopefully, whether or not you take on his advice for college courses, you'll still be able to emerge as a strong person—inspired to fight not just for yourself, but for others as well.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

What do you think of this article, Candy Girls? Share this with a friend who's feeling unsure of her course choice, or sound off in the comments down below!

your REACTION
HEART

12

YAY

4

CUTE

1

OMG

1

/////////////////////////////
COMMENTS. JOIN THE DISCUSSION BELOW!
Comments
VIEW more ARTICLES ABOUT
About the author
Caitlin Anne Young
Intern
VIEW OTHER ARTICLES FROM Caitlin Anne

Candy Bulletin

Welcome!
What're you up to today? Submit your OOTD, fanfic, essay, school project, org event, a pic of your latest hobby, or anything you want to be posted on the Candy Bulletin page!
Reminder: Posts will be subject for approval by the Candy team, and may be shared on our online channels. Plagiarism and copyright infringement are strictly prohibited. Only original work must be submitted.
Hi, you!
*1st 15 seconds will be uploaded
*File size limit (up to 60MB)
*File size limit (up to 60MB)
or
Upload Video
*For the direct video upload option, only the first 15 seconds of the video will be uploaded
*File size limit (up to 60MB)
Photo
Video
SoundCloud

By submitting your post, you agree to Candymag's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Thank you for submitting your post.
You will be notified via email once your entry has been approved by the Candy team.

Submitted posts will be subject to the approval of the Candy Team.

A few reminders:

  1. Candy Bulletin is an online platform where users can upload original work, personal passion projects, and other forms of self-expression, for the purpose of sharing with the community.
  2. You can upload photos of your curated OOTDs, 15-second videos, essays, poems, and more, as long as the submitted work is original, follows copyright laws, and free of any nudity, pornography, or profanity.
  3. You are encouraged to comment on one another's posts, as long as everyone remains respectful.
Submit Another Post
latest on CandyMag.com
 
x
Share
There are other ways to pay for tuition even if your grades aren't as competitive as others'.
 
x
Share
From typical students to crazy rich heiresses.
 
x
Share
From self-love to daily life reminders, each one has a unique story to tell.
 
x
Share
LOAD MORE ARTICLES
Bulletin
A community page where you can share your feels and show your skills! Learn more here
your REACTION
Pick a sticker to view stories by reaction!
/////////////////////////////
CONNECT WITH US