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Antisyzygy writes: Im a recent graduate student that finished a MS in Applied Mathematics. As such I have had more programming experience than most mathematics majors (including a brief period as a dual major in computer engineering and math), but more on the scientific side programming numerical methods, etc. I recently enrolled in a PhD program in mathematics, however I have noticed I am losing my passion for this subject. Its getting to the point where I dread sitting down to do proofs, mainly because I feel forced to do it. I still find the information interesting, but I am at a point where I think I can learn anything I am interested in on my own since I have taken the core courses required for advanced study (i.e. real analysis, functional analysis, etc). I am still getting decent grades, but my level of happiness doing it has dwindled to dread. Since childhood I have always wanted to program video games, and maybe get a chance at becoming a designer or designing them in my own time. I understand this isn't always possible, so I want to also increase my marketability in the work force by learning more core computer science skills. Programming is one of the things I enjoyed and am still not bored of in my curriculum (as of right now its all analysis, hence not much programming). Furthermore, I have read that applied math + computer science education is extremely lucrative in industry. As such, I am considering just becoming either a graduate CS student or getting a second bachelors with at least a partial focus in game design. My question is, what is a better idea? My main issue with a complete devotion to self study and rejection of college right now is that as of now I don't make enough to pay off my student loans even with full time employment, so it would be helpful to defer them a little longer until I get more marketable skills. Any advice would be appreciated.

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