My background is this, I'm 16 in year 10 attending a selective highschool in Australia. I've been given a very basic introduction to physics (motion, nuclear, electromagnetic, electricity etc) I've had a really good teacher for the last two years who has not only inspired me to ask questions but to apply what i've learnt to questions and scenarios I'd go out of my way to find. Only now its dawned on me that I can read as much as I like regarding the sciences ( believe me I'm regretting I hadn't started sooner) and with my holidays soon coming up, and then the final(ly) 2 years of school it would be prudent to learn as much as possible in order to see if physics/science/engineering is really where i want a career. Likewise in my enjoyment of physics is my enjoyment in working with materials, before death my grandad and I would build/fix all kinds of things (ie: last winter we built a power saw out of scrap in his yard/ his neighbours yard, he has taught me a little with maintaining his firearms when he was building his diesel generator I was standing by watching, helping and trying to learn as he machined the components and assembled them.). So for my final 2 years of schooling ive taken Physics+Chem+Engineering as well as math, english and advanced music (ad. music as opposed to 1 unit music). Now, my vice when it comes to science is the cliche obsession with space, the moon, alternate propulsion methods, colonies, mars, all the things basically that are going to happen soon (hopefully). My other vice is ( please read past this sentence) weapons. Not for their capacity to end life, but rather their construction and engineering merits. My only justification that you should not think me some gun crazed child is my project of designing a bolt action rifle is simply to understand the mechanism better, never to use it on an innocent. I realise that I can't be everywhere at once and know everything and help expand scientific knowledge/practice in these areas. But I know if ever in the past 2000 years, physics is going to play (I guess it already does) a major role in our development and I have a chance to be part of in discovering/manipulating. I don't particularly fancy Astrology or Geology, I'd really like to design/build/synthesise craft/machinery/materials(polymers etc). I have an incredibly open mind, that is to say I find all aspects of Physics interesting the reason i name Geology at the bottom is because it bores me so far as I understand it ( ignorant of me I know) and Astrology because its much more observation (duh!) and much less productive in the sense of instantly gratifying work. I've got so long and so far to think and act on any course of career but I'm sure this is a place where anyone with any experience/study in a field of science may be able to answer a few questions I have or direct me somewhere. Assuming tragedy dosn't befall my brain or body and I can adapt to learning and applying new principles I was thinking I could train as perhaps an armament/aeronautical engineer in the Australia Defence Force. However, my actual aim is at some point to maybe for join Virgin Galactic etc. There is no harm in aiming to high, not yet anyway.