Hi everybody, I'm a high school student that's been accepted into the Ivey HBA program. I'm conflicted about choosing between Ivey (software eng in first two years) and Waterloo (mechatronics engineering or computer science). What are the benefits of going to Waterloo for engineering and trying to get in after second year university compared with going directly into AEO?
Because I come from an engineer-only family, I don't know much about it, but from asking around and researching this is what I gather:
Pros for going to Waterloo:
*Engineering is a "hard skill" (according to my engineer parents)
*If I choose not to reapply to Ivey in year 3, or I am not accepted, my undergraduate program is still very prestigious and would provide easier transition into professional work than UWO software eng
*If I want to climb the corporate ladder I can get an engineering job, work for a few years, then get an MBA which would give me a business/engineering background
Pros for going directly to Western:
*The two years of undergrad at Western are guaranteed to be more fun
*The first two years at Western could be important years to network and establish friend groups
*I could get an Ivey/software engineering double degree at Western
So to summarize, I'm conflicted because I don't know how important the first two years are at Western (keep in mind that I'm in a software engineering program, not MOS) and I'm not sure if the dual degree program is worth it. WSO, what are your thoughts on my possible paths?