I'm currently decisding on my university program, and while I have been researching careers and academic disciplines for a long time, I'm a bit stumped. My main interests are in physics and mechanical engineering (the version of it I have created in my mind, at least), and I also have strong interest in astronomy, chemistry, and biology. I love the *idea* of engineering, but from what I've read it's usually very theoretical. My dream job would be in a research and development lab where I have a bit of freedom to create new solutions to problems in a hands-on way. I do also enjoy working with designs on paper, but I would like a balance of the two. An example of what I'm passionate about: When I was a child and I first heard of Archimedes block and tackle pulley system, I was so inspired I spent a full two days designing and drawing up plans for it, and then proceeded to put them in all over my room. I used them to lift my bed, dresser, desk, etc. I was just fascinated with the idea of them, and with mechanical advantage in general. Is there a career/academic discipline that comes to mind? This is what I wish engineering to be, but from what I've read/heard it's usually solely working with costs and blueprints, with very little if any hands-on work.