Hello! I have been around for a few months, trying to gather as much information as possible in order to maximize my chances of successfully completing a 4-year Physics or xEngineering program. However, much of the information available is aimed at traditional students (for good reason). Perhaps it would be possible to gather information aimed at non-traditional students (i.e. those who work > 31 hrs/wk, > age 25, and/or are not academically prepared) who are interested in science/engineering and would love to maximize their chances of obtaining a science/engineering education, here in this thread. I'll start. I am aged 26, currently work 40 hrs/wk, and take 12 credits at a community college. I generally log at least 16 hrs study time/week, sleep an avg of 6hrs/night, and commute 2 hrs/day between home, work, and school. The classes I am currently taking are French, Chemistry, and Precalculus. I classify my mathematical skills are mediocre but, obviously, I am very interested in greatly improving said skills. Some of the steps I have taken to remedy this problem are joining my school's Math Club, investing 100% of my study time into Math, and secretly doing some Math exercises at work. My near-future goals are to become mathematically proficient, improve my logical reasoning/problem solving skills, and successfully complete a 4-year Physics program (successfully = GPA >= 3.5). Additionally, I will soon be a father and would like to mathematically and scientifically educate my son from a very early age as well as securing a stable financial future for him, or at least, a much better financial reality than mine (dreadful). I am open to any and all suggestions, advice, cautions, warnings, criticisms, etc. that may help me academically. Maybe there are some efficient study tips, time management advice, or perhaps a few may consider majoring in science/engineering is not advisable to students such as me. Thank you for taking the time to read this thread.