I've just finished my first year in engineering (Electronics and Electrical), and when I started out, I eventually wanted to do a Phd in mathematics because I soon realized that I loved mathematics and that I can grasp the intricacies without busting my head. I had dreamed of focusing on geometry and the number theory, but after the first year in college, which has not been so great, and several set backs, I'm not so sure anymore. On the other hand, my father has been a corporate man for the last 30 years, and is extremely successful (he was the CEO of Sanex in Romania, and now runs his own company), and the way he talks about the corporate life, it seems to be very alluring. The one major difference (I think) between the two lives is, that If I choose the life of an academician, Ill love the work, Ill be content, Ill be at peace (do I sounds as if Im completely out of my mind?), but that it wont be as dynamic as the corporate life. Im quite confused, and Im sure I'm misinformed with respect to at least the life of an academician, and anything at all would be helpful at this point.