Hi Guys and Gals - I need some help. My educational professional career to date has been somewhat aimless and meandering. Good news - I think I know where I want to go now. Bad news - my background does nothing for me. I have had a hard time figuring out where I want to go or what I want to do. I have a BA in Theatre Arts, which I got because 1) I had no idea what I wanted to major in and 2) I had some idea of doing writing. When I graduated, still having little or no goal or aim, I went into the US Air Force as an Enlisted Computer Programmer for six years. When I finished that I returned to my hometown, home to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and have been working at a local military surplus store - fitting as I'm military surplus myself. As a youth I had attention span issues (ADD) and no taste for note-taking, and little self-discipline. I still struggle with these, but have matured slightly since then. I always was fascinated with the sciences, and loved learning about them, but due to my distaste for note-taking assumed that I could never do that professionally and shied away from calculus and the sciences academically with a passion. Lately I've been reevaluating myself. I love thinking my way through problems, puzzling on things and trying to find the how's and why's of things. I like order. My favorite parts of my job as a sales associate are inventory (i.e. detailed note-taking) and the creative problem solving helping customers find things to meet their needs when they need something unusual and we don't have exactly what they're seeking. These are the exact traits that the sciences require. Thinking on various types of science, the ones that appeal most are physics and astronomy. I took one Astronomy course in college - and it was one of the few A's I got, and a relatively easy A as well. I loved it and took to it like a fish to water, even as a Theatre major - perhaps I should have taken this as a sign. My dilemma now is that I want to move towards a career in physics or astronomy, probably as a researcher and/or professor - even though I have exactly ZERO background for it. On the plus side, I have the Illinois Veterans Grant and the GI Bill to help me pay for schooling. UIUC (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) doesn't do a second bachelors - which is the direction I'm afraid I'll have to go to get the necessary background before continuing onto Masters/Doctorate work. EIU (Eastern Illinois University - in Charleston, IL) will do a second bachelors, though there is a bit of a commute involved. Any tips or advice out there for someone like me who's wanting to do a pretty much 180 degree career change? Thanks for the help!