I have a few questions that I need to get over my head with. 1. I am a freshman and about to start college. I am 18, when I finish my freshman years, I will be 19. I am just wondering since I am just starting first-year-physics, is there even a point in finding research? Where do I find research opportunities? Do I just go to my physics professor and ask him for a research? I personally don't mind spending my free-time on research, but are all physics major required to do a minimum hours of research? 2. My other question deals with living on my own. I was reading a thread on some college board and it says that most people (males mainly?) start living on their own and have a job by the time they are in 3rd year. I am just wondering, is that true? What kind of part-time job should I seek to balance my life? I mean what kind of part-time job would I be able to afford time and money to support myself?