I am currently a Junior at a small, private college in North Carolina. I am going to my school because it is 25 minutes from my house, so I can commute rather easily. I am majoring in Physics, since the school doesn't offer degrees in Engineering. However, I do plan on getting my Master's in Engineering from NC State. I am also a non-traditional student (I am 27), which brings its own set of challenges. The reason I'm writing this thread is to get other people's advice about what I'm doing. I want this more than anything, but it seems like I have to fight twice as hard to understand the material, and trying to balance work, school, and a social life are challenging. If you guys have any advice or tips about staying motivated, understanding the material, or just general advice, I would appreciate it.