2004 SONS Freshmen: Results and Summary: Part 1

Choice of College, Initial Berkeley Experiences

1. We are very happy that you chose to be part of the Berkeley freshman class of 2004. But if you had decided to go to another college that admitted you, which college would it have been? (If only admitted at Berkeley, please indicate this.)   40  (1.7%)   Select second-choice college here

  47  (2.0%)   Only applied to Berkeley 
  34  (1.5%)   Only accepted at Berkeley 
  198  (8.6%)   UC Davis 
  46  (2.0%)   UC Irvine 
  619  (26.7%)   UCLA 
  14  (0.6%)   UC Riverside 
  309  (13.3%)   UC San Diego 
  71  (3.1%)   UC Santa Barbara 
  54  (2.3%)   UC Santa Cruz 
  4  (0.2%)   A California Community College 
  4  (0.2%)   California State University, Fresno 
  2  (0.1%)   California State University, Fullerton 
  2  (0.1%)   California State University, Hayward 
  5  (0.2%)   California State University, Long Beach 
  27  (1.2%)   California State University, Los Angeles 
  16  (0.7%)   California State University, San Diego 
  38  (1.6%)   California State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) 
  17  (0.7%)   Other California State University 
  12  (0.5%)   California Institute of Technology 
  2  (0.1%)   Claremont McKenna College 
  19  (0.8%)   Harvey Mudd College 
  6  (0.3%)   Loyola Marymount University 
  1  (0.0%)   Mills College 
  5  (0.2%)   Occidental College 
  3  (0.1%)   Pomona College 
  19  (0.8%)   Santa Clara University 
  3  (0.1%)   Scripps College 
  5  (0.2%)   St. Mary's College of California 
  54  (2.3%)   Stanford University 
  5  (0.2%)   University of the Pacific 
  8  (0.3%)   University of San Diego 
  104  (4.5%)   University of Southern California 
  18  (0.8%)   Other California Private College 
  4  (0.2%)   Amherst College 
  1  (0.0%)   Barnard college 
  4  (0.2%)   Boston College 
  18  (0.8%)   Boston University 
  19  (0.8%)   Brown University 
  1  (0.0%)   Bryn Mawr College 
  2  (0.1%)   Carleton College 
  17  (0.7%)   Carnegie Mellon University 
  15  (0.6%)   Columbia University 
  40  (1.7%)   Cornell University 
  7  (0.3%)   Dartmouth College 
  9  (0.4%)   Duke University 
  14  (0.6%)   Georgetown University 
  16  (0.7%)   Harvard College 
  13  (0.6%)   Johns Hopkins University 
  21  (0.9%)   Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
  2  (0.1%)   Mount Holyoke College 
  34  (1.5%)   New York University 
  14  (0.6%)   Northwestern University 
  3  (0.1%)   Princeton University 
  11  (0.5%)   Reed College 
  1  (0.0%)   Rice University 
  1  (0.0%)   Smith College 
  2  (0.1%)   Swarthmore College 
  7  (0.3%)   Tufts University 
  17  (0.7%)   University of Chicago 
  14  (0.6%)   University of Michigan 
  5  (0.2%)   University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
  4  (0.2%)   University Of Notre Dame 
  15  (0.6%)   University of Pennsylvania 
  10  (0.4%)   University of Texas 
  11  (0.5%)   Washington University in St. Louis 
  6  (0.3%)   Wellesley College 
  2  (0.1%)   Wesleyan University 
  3  (0.1%)   Williams College 
  8  (0.3%)   Yale University 
  133  (5.7%)   Other Out-of-State College

2. What would you say was the deciding or final factor in favor of Berkeley?

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3. How difficult was it to choose Berkeley?

983  (42.5%)   Not at all difficult
819  (35.4%)   Somewhat difficult
293  (12.7%)   Difficult
216  (9.3%)   Very difficult

4. If you worked this past summer, how much did you earn to use for expenses your first year in college?

1160  (50.3%)   I didn't work this past summer
206  (8.9%)   Less than $250
212  (9.2%)   $250 - 499
270  (11.7%)   $500 - 999
375  (16.2%)   $1,000 - 2,999
65  (2.8%)   $3,000 - 4,999
14  (0.6%)   $5,000 - 6,999
5  (0.2%)   $7,000 - 9,999
1  (0.0%)   $10,000 or more

5. About how many hours did you work per week this past summer?

1139  (49.8%)   I didn't work this past summer
192  (8.4%)   1-5
176  (7.7%)   6-10
157  (6.9%)   11-15
261  (11.4%)   16-25
137  (6.0%)   26-35
224  (9.8%)   More than 35

6. What type of computer did you bring for your first semester at Berkeley?

1584  (68.7%)   Laptop
571  (24.8%)   Desktop
86  (3.7%)   Both
64  (2.8%)   None

7. Are you finding your personal computer(s) to be adequate for completing your academic work effectively?

47  (2.0%)   Do not have a computer
1840  (79.6%)   Quite adequate
351  (15.2%)   Fairly adequate
58  (2.5%)   Somewhat inadequate
15  (0.6%)   Inadequate

9. Now that you are part way through your first semester, how concerned are you about each of the following?

 Not that concernedSomewhat concernedVery concerned
Financing my education at Berkeley 850  (37.2%)   863  (37.8%)   569  (24.9%)  
Finding affordable housing while I'm a student at Berkeley 576  (25.3%)   969  (42.5%)   734  (32.2%)  
Getting into my first choice of major 855  (37.6%)   683  (30.0%)   738  (32.4%)  
Being able to maintain a high enough GPA 111  (4.9%)   600  (26.3%)   1568  (68.8%)  
Getting the academic advising I need 529  (23.2%)   1069  (46.9%)   682  (29.9%)  
Getting the career and professional advising I need 487  (21.4%)   1050  (46.1%)   743  (32.6%)  
Getting the personal counseling I might need 1066  (46.8%)   804  (35.3%)   408  (17.9%)  
Getting along with my roommate(s) 1426  (62.5%)   611  (26.8%)   244  (10.7%)  
Being able to balance academic and social activities 474  (20.8%)   1071  (47.0%)   735  (32.2%)  
Being able to make the kind of friends I want 687  (30.1%)   886  (38.9%)   706  (31.0%)  
Being away from family and friends; being 'homesick' 1264  (55.4%)   718  (31.5%)   300  (13.1%)  
Being able to maintain good health 699  (30.6%)   1000  (43.8%)   583  (25.5%)  
Being able to cope with expectations of parents and family 800  (35.2%)   888  (39.1%)   585  (25.7%)  
My personal safety in and around the city of Berkeley 921  (40.4%)   986  (43.2%)   375  (16.4%)  
Being overwhelmed with all the things I'm expected to do my first semester 450  (19.8%)   958  (42.1%)   868  (38.1%)  
If Berkeley is the right choice for me 1348  (59.2%)   568  (25.0%)   359  (15.8%)  

10. Please identify the one thing that really concerns you the most. Choose from the list above or add your own if it's not on the list.

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11. Though likely to be just a guess, how would you rate yourself compared to the average freshman at Berkeley on each of the following?

 Way above averageAbove averageAverageBelow averageWay below average
Academic ability 102  (4.5%)   754  (33.1%)   1092  (48.0%)   293  (12.9%)   35  (1.5%)  
Artistic ability 87  (3.8%)   453  (19.9%)   739  (32.5%)   700  (30.8%)   295  (13.0%)  
Writing ability 108  (4.8%)   689  (30.3%)   922  (40.6%)   462  (20.3%)   91  (4.0%)  
Compassion 290  (12.8%)   971  (42.8%)   818  (36.0%)   154  (6.8%)   38  (1.7%)  
Computer skills 117  (5.1%)   479  (21.0%)   976  (42.9%)   532  (23.4%)   173  (7.6%)  
Cooperativeness 285  (12.5%)   1080  (47.5%)   808  (35.5%)   91  (4.0%)   11  (0.5%)  
Courage 232  (10.2%)   810  (35.6%)   970  (42.6%)   237  (10.4%)   29  (1.3%)  
Creativity 225  (9.9%)   760  (33.4%)   937  (41.2%)   312  (13.7%)   42  (1.8%)  
Drive to achieve 397  (17.4%)   864  (37.9%)   782  (34.3%)   201  (8.8%)   34  (1.5%)  
Emotional health 318  (14.0%)   740  (32.5%)   873  (38.3%)   290  (12.7%)   58  (2.5%)  
Leadership ability 270  (11.9%)   779  (34.2%)   843  (37.0%)   329  (14.5%)   55  (2.4%)  
Understanding of others 417  (18.3%)   1075  (47.2%)   669  (29.4%)   99  (4.3%)   19  (0.8%)  
Mathematical ability 195  (8.6%)   711  (31.2%)   825  (36.2%)   391  (17.2%)   155  (6.8%)  
Maturity 531  (23.3%)   1051  (46.1%)   599  (26.3%)   72  (3.2%)   26  (1.1%)  
Physical health 223  (9.8%)   644  (28.3%)   1067  (46.9%)   302  (13.3%)   39  (1.7%)  
Public speaking ability 169  (7.4%)   577  (25.4%)   783  (34.4%)   589  (25.9%)   157  (6.9%)  
Self-confidence (intellectual) 241  (10.6%)   761  (33.4%)   858  (37.7%)   351  (15.4%)   65  (2.9%)  
Self-confidence (social) 240  (10.5%)   660  (29.0%)   830  (36.5%)   457  (20.1%)   88  (3.9%)  
Self-understanding 379  (16.7%)   819  (36.0%)   846  (37.2%)   196  (8.6%)   34  (1.5%)  
Spirituality 268  (11.8%)   523  (23.0%)   846  (37.2%)   424  (18.6%)   215  (9.4%)  
Time management 119  (5.2%)   510  (22.5%)   960  (42.3%)   533  (23.5%)   148  (6.5%)  
Overall academic preparation for success at Berkeley 178  (7.8%)   640  (28.1%)   984  (43.2%)   384  (16.9%)   90  (4.0%)  
Overall personal and social adjustment to Berkeley 230  (10.1%)   731  (32.1%)   1030  (45.3%)   236  (10.4%)   47  (2.1%)  

12. How much have you heard or read about the following services for students?

 Have not heard or read aboutThink I've heard or read aboutDefinitely heard or read about
Tutoring 54  (2.4%)   414  (18.2%)   1810  (79.5%)  
Emergency loans 1316  (57.7%)   642  (28.1%)   324  (14.2%)  
Managing finances workshops 1175  (51.6%)   856  (37.6%)   244  (10.7%)  
Career counseling 271  (11.9%)   922  (40.4%)   1088  (47.7%)  
Psychological counseling 636  (27.9%)   893  (39.1%)   752  (33.0%)  
Student employment 155  (6.8%)   737  (32.4%)   1382  (60.8%)  
Religious or spiritual counseling 1211  (53.2%)   689  (30.2%)   378  (16.6%)  
Legal advice service 1076  (47.3%)   765  (33.6%)   436  (19.1%)  
Advice on choosing a major 265  (11.6%)   809  (35.5%)   1205  (52.9%)  

13. Do you think you will have occasion to use these services at some point?

 Have already usedHave already looked intoProbablyProbably notI have no idea
Tutoring 595  (26.1%)   269  (11.8%)   1011  (44.3%)   311  (13.6%)   95  (4.2%)  
Emergency loans 25  (1.1%)   24  (1.1%)   362  (15.9%)   1369  (60.2%)   493  (21.7%)  
Workshops on managing finances 12  (0.5%)   26  (1.1%)   635  (28.0%)   1228  (54.1%)   368  (16.2%)  
Career counseling 65  (2.9%)   214  (9.4%)   1602  (70.4%)   271  (11.9%)   123  (5.4%)  
Psychological counseling 26  (1.1%)   45  (2.0%)   407  (17.9%)   1541  (67.6%)   259  (11.4%)  
Student employment on campus 148  (6.5%)   364  (16.0%)   1064  (46.7%)   500  (22.0%)   201  (8.8%)  
Religious or spiritual counseling 42  (1.8%)   49  (2.2%)   238  (10.5%)   1707  (75.1%)   238  (10.5%)  
Legal advice service 8  (0.4%)   18  (0.8%)   333  (14.7%)   1431  (63.1%)   479  (21.1%)  
Advising on choice of major 176  (7.7%)   304  (13.4%)   1212  (53.3%)   477  (21.0%)   106  (4.7%)  

14. About how many hours per week are you working (paid employment) this semester and do you expect to work next semester?

 This semesterExpect for spring semester
None 1935  (86.3%)   1156  (51.8%)  
1-5 75  (3.3%)   292  (13.1%)  
6-10 128  (5.7%)   488  (21.9%)  
11-15 67  (3.0%)   202  (9.0%)  
16-20 21  (0.9%)   66  (3.0%)  
21 or more 15  (0.7%)   29  (1.3%)  

15. How much of your first year's educational expenses (room, board, and fees) do you expect to cover from each of the sources listed below?

 NoneLess than $1,000$1,000 - 2,999$3,000-5,999$6,000-9,999$10,000+
Family resources (parents, relatives, etc.) 276  (12.4%)  184  (8.2%)   195  (8.7%)  192  (8.6%)  194  (8.7%)  1192  (53.4%) 
My own resources (savings from work, work-study, other income) 787  (37.5%)  706  (33.6%)   406  (19.3%)  137  (6.5%)  28  (1.3%)   37  (1.8%)  
Aid that doesn't need to be repaid (grants, scholarships, military funding, etc.) 594  (28.0%)  181  (8.5%)   489  (23.1%)  278  (13.1%)  237  (11.2%)  342  (16.1%) 
Aid that must be repaid (loans, etc.) 1188  (57.4%)  58  (2.8%)   207  (10.0%)  273  (13.2%)  138  (6.7%)  207  (10.0%) 
Other than above 1430  (88.7%)  80  (5.0%)   50  (3.1%)   27  (1.7%)   9  (0.6%)   17  (1.1%)  

16. By the time you finish your undergraduate education, what is the estimated total amount of loans that you and your parents will have to repay?

 NoneLess than $5,000$5,000-9,999$10,000-14,999$15,000-19,999$20,000 or more
You 1112  (52.4%)   214  (10.1%)   203  (9.6%)   198  (9.3%)   139  (6.6%)   256  (12.1%)  
Your parents 1215  (55.9%)   191  (8.8%)   168  (7.7%)   160  (7.4%)   90  (4.1%)   349  (16.1%)  

17. While at Berkeley, do you expect to contribute money to your parents to help pay bills and provide for other family members?

168  (7.4%)   Yes, a substantial amount
604  (26.6%)   Yes, a small amount
951  (41.9%)   No
548  (24.1%)   Not sure

18. What undergraduate major do you plan to complete for graduation at Berkeley? If you are not sure, please make your best guess. Choose "I have no idea" (at the bottom of the list) only if you really have no idea whatsoever. If you are planning a "double major", please choose your initial major here and your second major in Question #19.

  72  (3.1%)   Select your major here 
  1  (0.0%)   African American Studies 
  2  (0.1%)   American Studies 
  18  (0.8%)   Anthropology 
  64  (2.8%)   Architecture 
  18  (0.8%)   Art/Art History 
  1  (0.0%)   Asian Studies 
  1  (0.0%)   Asian American Studies 
  9  (0.4%)   Astrophysics 
  50  (2.2%)   Bioengineering 
  214  (9.2%)   Business Administration 
  8  (0.3%)   Celtic Studies 
  52  (2.2%)   Chemical Engineering 
  52  (2.2%)   Chemistry 
  1  (0.0%)   Chicano Studies 
  2  (0.1%)   Chinese Language 
  26  (1.1%)   Civil Engineering 
  3  (0.1%)   Classical Civilization 
  12  (0.5%)   Classical Languages 
  16  (0.7%)   Cognitive Science 
  16  (0.7%)   Comparative Literature 
  3  (0.1%)   Computational Engineering Science 
  13  (0.6%)   Computer Science 
  9  (0.4%)   Conservation & Resource Studies 
  11  (0.5%)   Development Studies 
  2  (0.1%)   Dutch Studies 
  36  (1.6%)   Earth & Planetary Science 
  85  (3.7%)   Economics 
  140  (6.0%)   Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) 
  75  (3.2%)   English 
  13  (0.6%)   Environmental Economics and Policy 
  10  (0.4%)   Environmental Engineering 
  8  (0.3%)   Environmental Sciences 
  5  (0.2%)   Ethnic Studies 
  5  (0.2%)   Film 
  5  (0.2%)   Forestry 
  4  (0.2%)   Genetics & Plant Biology 
  1  (0.0%)   Geology 
  5  (0.2%)   German 
  28  (1.2%)   Greek 
  60  (2.6%)   History 
  10  (0.4%)   Industrial Engineering 
  41  (1.8%)   Integrative Biology 
  10  (0.4%)   Interdisciplinary Studies Field Major 
  2  (0.1%)   Italian Studies 
  8  (0.3%)   Landscape Architecture 
  10  (0.4%)   Latin 
  9  (0.4%)   Latin American Studies 
  18  (0.8%)   Legal Studies 
  26  (1.1%)   Linguistics 
  8  (0.3%)   Manufacturing Engineering 
  24  (1.0%)   Marine Science 
  23  (1.0%)   Mass Communications 
  16  (0.7%)   Materials Science and Engineering 
  56  (2.4%)   Mathematics 
  120  (5.2%)   Mathematics, Applied 
  39  (1.7%)   Mechanical Engineering 
  12  (0.5%)   Microbial Biology 
  125  (5.4%)   Molecular and Cell Biology(MCB) 
  24  (1.0%)   Molecular Environmental Biology 
  3  (0.1%)   Music 
  10  (0.4%)   Native American Studies 
  7  (0.3%)   Near Eastern Studies 
  8  (0.3%)   Nuclear Engineering 
  42  (1.8%)   Nutritional Sciences 
  23  (1.0%)   Optometry 
  79  (3.4%)   Peace and Conflict Studies 
  40  (1.7%)   Philosophy 
  2  (0.1%)   Physical Sciences Field Major 
  20  (0.9%)   Physics 
  12  (0.5%)   Political Economy of Industrial Societies 
  47  (2.0%)   Political Science 
  55  (2.4%)   Psychology 
  5  (0.2%)   Religious Studies 
  8  (0.3%)   Resource Management 
  7  (0.3%)   Rhetoric 
  2  (0.1%)   Scandinavian 
  2  (0.1%)   Slavic Languages & Literatures 
  11  (0.5%)   Social Welfare 
  9  (0.4%)   Sociology 
  23  (1.0%)   South & Southeast Asian Studies 
  79  (3.4%)   Spanish 
  1  (0.0%)   Statistics 
  1  (0.0%)   Theatre & Performance Studies 
  1  (0.0%)   Women Studies 
  81  (3.5%)   I have no idea

18a. How sure are you that you will graduate in this major?

363  (16.2%)   Very sure
703  (31.3%)   Pretty sure
324  (14.4%)   Not sure because I may not get into this major
538  (24.0%)   Not sure because I may change my mind before officially declaring this major
69  (3.1%)   Not sure because I many change my mind after declaring this major
246  (11.0%)   Not sure at all about what I want to major in at this point

19. FOR INTENDED DOUBLE MAJORS ONLY 1737  (75.1%)   Select second major here

  5  (0.2%)   African American Studies 
  4  (0.2%)   American Studies 
  8  (0.3%)   Anthropology 
  7  (0.3%)   Architecture 
  20  (0.9%)   Art/Art History 
  5  (0.2%)   Asian Studies 
  2  (0.1%)   Asian American Studies 
  6  (0.3%)   Astrophysics 
  42  (1.8%)   Business Administration 
  1  (0.0%)   Chemical Engineering 
  3  (0.1%)   Chemistry 
  3  (0.1%)   Chicano Studies 
  6  (0.3%)   Chinese Language 
  2  (0.1%)   Classical Civilization 
  6  (0.3%)   Cognitive Science 
  1  (0.0%)   Comparative Literature 
  11  (0.5%)   Computer Science 
  2  (0.1%)   Conservation & Resource Studies 
  4  (0.2%)   Dance and Performance Studies 
  1  (0.0%)   Development Studies 
  3  (0.1%)   Environmental Earth Science 
  47  (2.0%)   Economics 
  5  (0.2%)   Electrical Engineering & Computer Sicence (EECS) 
  2  (0.1%)   Engineering and Engineering Science 
  14  (0.6%)   English 
  3  (0.1%)   Environmental Economics and Policy 
  1  (0.0%)   Environmental Sciences 
  5  (0.2%)   Ethnic Studies 
  8  (0.3%)   Film 
  2  (0.1%)   Forestry 
  4  (0.2%)   French 
  1  (0.0%)   Geography 
  2  (0.1%)   German 
  17  (0.7%)   History 
  11  (0.5%)   Integrative Biology 
  2  (0.1%)   Interdisciplinary Studies Field Major 
  5  (0.2%)   Italian Studies 
  6  (0.3%)   Japanese Language 
  2  (0.1%)   Latin American Studies 
  20  (0.9%)   Legal Studies 
  3  (0.1%)   Linguistics 
  4  (0.2%)   Marine Science 
  16  (0.7%)   Mass Communications 
  8  (0.3%)   Materials Science 
  23  (1.0%)   Mathematics 
  6  (0.3%)   Mathematics, Applied 
  1  (0.0%)   Microbial Biology 
  2  (0.1%)   Middle Eastern Studies 
  23  (1.0%)   Molecular and Cell Biology(MCB) 
  1  (0.0%)   Molecular Environmental Biology 
  17  (0.7%)   Music 
  1  (0.0%)   Native American Studies 
  1  (0.0%)   Near Eastern Studies 
  4  (0.2%)   Nutritional Sciences 
  2  (0.1%)   Optometry 
  6  (0.3%)   Peace and Conflict Studies 
  11  (0.5%)   Philosophy 
  8  (0.3%)   Physics 
  4  (0.2%)   Political Economy of Industrial Societies 
  36  (1.6%)   Political Science 
  44  (1.9%)   Psychology 
  4  (0.2%)   Religious Studies 
  1  (0.0%)   Resource Management 
  6  (0.3%)   Rhetoric 
  3  (0.1%)   Slavic Languages & Literatures 
  6  (0.3%)   Social Welfare 
  7  (0.3%)   Sociology 
  16  (0.7%)   Spanish 
  8  (0.3%)   Statistics 
  4  (0.2%)   Theatre & Performance Studies 
  2  (0.1%)   Women Studies

20. How likely is it that you will attend one or more summer session classes while at Berkeley? (Please select the likelihood for each summer.)

 Very likelyLikelyNo ideaUnlikelyVery unlikely
The summer after my freshman year 364  (16.4%)   360  (16.2%)   556  (25.1%)   444  (20.0%)   494  (22.3%)  
The summer after my sophomore year 379  (17.0%)   625  (28.1%)   854  (38.4%)   183  (8.2%)   185  (8.3%)  
The summer after my junior year or later 290  (13.0%)   536  (24.1%)   1046  (47.1%)   174  (7.8%)   177  (8.0%)  

21. When do you think you will get your undergraduate degree here at Berkeley?

94  (4.1%)   Fall 2007 or earlier (less than 4 years)
1835  (80.7%)   Spring 2008 (4 years)
126  (5.5%)   Summer 2008 (4 years + summer)
155  (6.8%)   Fall 2008 (4 years + 1 semester)
64  (2.8%)   Spring 2009 or later (5 years or more)

22. What is the highest degree that you plan to obtain?

340  (15.0%)   Bachelor's (BA, BS)
414  (18.3%)   Academic Master's (MA, MS)
95  (4.2%)   Professional Master's (MSW, MLW)
248  (11.0%)   Business (MBA)
358  (15.8%)   Medical (MD, OD, DDS)
235  (10.4%)   Law (LLB, JD)
480  (21.2%)   Doctorate (Ph.D., Ed.D.)
90  (4.0%)   Doctorate plus other professional degree

23. What career do you aspire to? If you are not sure, please make your best guess. Choose "I have no idea" (at the bottom of the list) only if you really have no idea whatsoever.   59  (2.5%)   Select your career here

  22  (1.0%)   Accountant 
  6  (0.3%)   Actor/Actress/Entertainer 
  4  (0.2%)   Actuary 
  10  (0.4%)   Ambassador 
  5  (0.2%)   Anthropologist 
  5  (0.2%)   Archaeologist 
  61  (2.6%)   Architect 
  23  (1.0%)   Artist/Designer 
  4  (0.2%)   Astronaut 
  4  (0.2%)   Athlete 
  20  (0.9%)   Banker/Investment Banker 
  29  (1.3%)   Biochemist/Bioengineer 
  28  (1.2%)   Biologist (All other types) 
  128  (5.5%)   Business Exec/CEO 
  51  (2.2%)   Business Owner/Proprietor 
  14  (0.6%)   Business Sales/Buyer 
  4  (0.2%)   Chef 
  48  (2.1%)   Chemist/Chemical Engineer 
  3  (0.1%)   Cinematographer/Filmmaker 
  34  (1.5%)   Civil Engineer 
  1  (0.0%)   College Administrator 
  40  (1.7%)   College Professor/Instructor 
  28  (1.2%)   Computer Engineer 
  2  (0.1%)   Computer Graphic Artist/Designer 
  28  (1.2%)   Computer Programmer/Analyst 
  11  (0.5%)   Consultant (General) 
  15  (0.6%)   Dentist 
  9  (0.4%)   Dietitian 
  13  (0.6%)   Diplomat 
  247  (10.7%)   Doctor 
  8  (0.3%)   Educational Administrator 
  120  (5.2%)   Engineer (All Other) 
  11  (0.5%)   Environmental Sci/Engineer 
  16  (0.7%)   Foreign Service/Diplomat 
  6  (0.3%)   Forensic Scientist 
  1  (0.0%)   Genetic Engineer 
  13  (0.6%)   Government Official/Politician 
  4  (0.2%)   Human Resource Specialist 
  1  (0.0%)   Interior Designer 
  31  (1.3%)   Journalist 
  2  (0.1%)   Law Enforcement/Criminolgist 
  200  (8.6%)   Lawyer/Judge 
  21  (0.9%)   Marketing Rep/Advertising 
  4  (0.2%)   Marine Biologist 
  3  (0.1%)   Media Specialist/Broadcasting 
  4  (0.2%)   Medical Technician 
  13  (0.6%)   Medical Researcher 
  4  (0.2%)   Military Service (Career) 
  7  (0.3%)   Musician/Performer 
  2  (0.1%)   Mom (child rearing) 
  1  (0.0%)   Newspaper Editor 
  5  (0.2%)   Nurse 
  12  (0.5%)   Neurologist/Neurosurgeon 
  8  (0.3%)   Nutritionist 
  4  (0.2%)   Optometrist 
  5  (0.2%)   OBGYN 
  1  (0.0%)   Obstitrician 
  2  (0.1%)   Oncologist 
  3  (0.1%)   Opthalmologist 
  5  (0.2%)   Optometrist 
  1  (0.0%)   Orthodontist 
  3  (0.1%)   Pastor/Missionary 
  2  (0.1%)   Pathologist 
  42  (1.8%)   Pediatrician 
  34  (1.5%)   Pharmacist 
  5  (0.2%)   Photo Journalist/Photographer 
  8  (0.3%)   Physical Therapist 
  23  (1.0%)   Physicist 
  27  (1.2%)   Polotician 
  3  (0.1%)   Producer/Filmmaker/Director 
  17  (0.7%)   Psychiatrist 
  34  (1.5%)   Psychologist 
  5  (0.2%)   Public Health Administrator 
  7  (0.3%)   Public Relations Specialist 
  3  (0.1%)   Research Analyst 
  60  (2.6%)   Scientific Researcher 
  11  (0.5%)   Social/Welfare Worker 
  1  (0.0%)   Software Developer/Engineer 
  5  (0.2%)   Stockbroker/Financial Analyst 
  1  (0.0%)   Structural Engineer 
  28  (1.2%)   Surgeon 
  52  (2.2%)   Teacher (Elementary/Secondary) 
  10  (0.4%)   Veterinarian 
  35  (1.5%)   Writer/Journalist 
  66  (2.9%)   Other (Write in Below) 
  358  (15.5%)   I have no idea

23a. Other: Please use a category above if you can. For example, for a career involving research you can select a specific discipline (such as "Biologist"), "Scientific Researcher" or "Research Analyst". [Open-ended text field]

24. How sure are you that this is the career you want?

418  (18.7%)   Very sure
706  (31.5%)   Sure
1116  (49.8%)   At this point it's just a guess

25. Please indicate the importance to you personally of each of the following.

 EssentialVery importantSomewhat importantNot important
Becoming accomplished in one of the performing arts (acting, dancing, etc.) 177  (7.8%)   267  (11.8%)   645  (28.5%)   1175  (51.9%)  
Becoming an authority in my field 423  (18.7%)   860  (38.0%)   751  (33.2%)   231  (10.2%)  
Obtaining recognition from my colleagues for contributions to my special field 382  (16.9%)   802  (35.5%)   844  (37.4%)   231  (10.2%)  
Influencing the political structure 204  (9.0%)   402  (17.8%)   819  (36.2%)   838  (37.0%)  
Influencing social values 283  (12.5%)   671  (29.7%)   860  (38.1%)   446  (19.7%)  
Raising a family 934  (41.3%)   693  (30.6%)   426  (18.8%)   211  (9.3%)  
Having administrative responsibility for the work of others 226  (10.0%)   677  (30.0%)   869  (38.6%)   481  (21.3%)  
Being very well off financially 739  (32.7%)   795  (35.1%)   580  (25.6%)   148  (6.5%)  
Helping others who are in difficulty 631  (27.9%)   924  (40.9%)   611  (27.0%)   93  (4.1%)  
Making a theoretical contribution to science 176  (7.8%)   367  (16.2%)   755  (33.4%)   964  (42.6%)  
Writing original works (poems, novels, short stories, etc.) 153  (6.8%)   243  (10.8%)   599  (26.6%)   1258  (55.8%)  
Creating artistic work (painting, sculpture, decorating, etc.) 149  (6.6%)   243  (10.8%)   579  (25.7%)   1282  (56.9%)  
Becoming successful in a business of my own 326  (14.4%)   505  (22.4%)   733  (32.5%)   694  (30.7%)  
Becoming involved in programs to clean up the environment 150  (6.6%)   471  (20.8%)   1057  (46.7%)   583  (25.8%)  
Developing a meaningful philosophy of life 624  (27.6%)   639  (28.3%)   614  (27.2%)   384  (17.0%)  
Participating in a community action program 261  (11.6%)   593  (26.3%)   939  (41.6%)   466  (20.6%)  
Helping to promote racial understanding 301  (13.3%)   597  (26.5%)   875  (38.8%)   484  (21.4%)  
Keeping up to date with political affairs 447  (19.8%)   713  (31.5%)   788  (34.9%)   312  (13.8%)  
Becoming a community leader 278  (12.3%)   577  (25.6%)   842  (37.3%)   560  (24.8%)  
Integrating spirituality into my life 470  (20.8%)   419  (18.5%)   563  (24.9%)   807  (35.7%)  
Improving my understanding of other countries and cultures 566  (25.1%)   817  (36.3%)   689  (30.6%)   181  (8.0%)  
Working to find a cure for a health problem 249  (11.0%)   478  (21.2%)   773  (34.2%)   758  (33.6%)  

26. To help us test the reliability of our survey system, please select the radio button next to item #7.

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