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So, here is my sad tale: I developed an interest in physics in high school. Mysteriously, my high school instructors considered me gifted and I found myself meandering through community college courses while in high school, and by my senior year had completed the introductory physics and calculus sequences, along with almost all of my electives.

Equally mysteriously, my SAT scores were modest, modest enough that I did not feel compelled to apply to a top tier university; for the record, I scored at the bottom 25% of those admitted to MIT in the mathematics section. So I find myself now at Arizona State University, which is my local public university.

To make matters worse, while I did not behave like a typical ASU student (that is to say, drunkenly, druggedly, and promiscuously), I somehow managed to bring my GPA to a hideous 3.00. The reason for this rests upon an enormously brazen decision made in my second semester; ASU has an introductory proof writing/reading course which introduces the student to modern mathematics, and after finishing it, I signed up for as many advanced mathematics courses as I could (4, to be exact!), out of excitement. The courses in question were an introductory analysis course, an introductory abstract algebra course, a very rigorous point set topology course (the professor claimed to have covered more material than in a typical graduate course!), and a mathematical methods in physics course covering the usual suspects (differential equations, linear algebra etc). Suffice it to say that I bit off more than I could chew and received a B of each of these courses, and a B in an honors humanities course all honors students are required to take.

My question is this: What does this mean for my grand ambitions at a career in physics? It is not a career given out lightly; I am interested in theoretical physics, a field in which only the best and the brightest seem able to find work. I hope I have supplied all the necessary details; what I am wanting to know is, aside from merely attempting to improve my GPA, where do I stand now as far as my career is concerned? Was this a devastating mistake?

Thanks in advance,

Arsenic