Thanks for all the advice TAB. Yeah, I am sort of resigning to the fact that I can't machine in the dorms but nevertheless, I hoped that I would be able to spend some time in the machine shops , continuing on my projects outside of school.
What do engineer PHD's do? I have been talking to many engineers lately and it seems that most of them just got their bachelors and then got a job because in the engineering profession it is experience that counts for more money. But if you start working, doesn't your time to learn get shorter? I would think that if you continued school to get a graduate or even a doctorate in some kind of engineering you would pretty much be forced to learn all the new technology and techniques of engineering for what, 10 years?
How much work is getting an engineering degree though? Many people say that it means a lot of studying and giving up a "life" for the next four years but my skeptical mind can't help but think that this is just the seniority phenomena. Like when middle schoolers tell elementary kids that they have "SO" much homework and high schoolers telling middle schoolers that they will be doing 5 hours/night. To be honest, I don't think I did more than 1 hour/night. I understand that the subject matter is much more complicated in engineering but how much time is actually spent studying? In college, going to class is optional (unlike high school) so if I went to high school for 7 hours/day and did 1 hour of homework, it would take 1/3 of my day. In other words if how much time in college do you actually have to study, go to class and work on mandatory projects (ie labs, homework)? Is there a chance that I can continue with my amateur electronic and engineering projects?
I completely see your position on the flexibilty of a BSE. I heard from a friend that if you get a degree in a engineering, you can also go on to med-school. Is this true?