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Am I qualified?

  1. Feb 22, 2005 #1
    I've always been a nerd at my school, and have wondered about the universe and read some stuff on physics(not a lot though). I have a 3.8 GPA at a parochial school (95-100 A, 92-92 A-, 70 percent-Fail), got a 185 index on my PSAT, and a 30s range on my Pre ACT test, which is really nothing to brag about. I'm not that hard of a worker in school, for it is not really that challenging. I only work hard for personal interest(I work on a cherry farm and love to work, and I will be an Eagle Scout in the next few months). From what has been written here, my hopes of becoming a successful physicist have fell almost drastically. In school I am a Junior in High School and still havent taken a Physics and I am in Trig right now(Applying to take AP Calc at the local community college for next year). I seriously could care less about money, because I am a pretty good saver, and my parents ahve sacrificed so that most of my college is payed for. What schools are open to me? Do I have any chance of becoming a successful physicist(Successful meaning-doing what I love and making enough money to care for my family). Do I have any chance of getting a job once I have the necessary education? Is there a need of physicists in the world? I see some people in this forum were bashed for caring more about money or prestige from being a physicist. Please do not bash me unless I really need it. If I do not meet the criteria, it may not deter me, I shall see later on. If you need a little more info i might be able to provide it. Thank you very much for reading.
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  3. Feb 23, 2005 #2
    stick to a community college......ivey leagues colleges are way overrated
  4. Feb 23, 2005 #3
    1) High school numbers mean nothing after you get into a college. Absolutlely nothing after that. So giving those numbers, and asking what they mean about anything past undergrad work is pointless.

    Your grades look good, but course rigor is more important. More important than grades are how difficult your classes are. Pretty much everyone applying into a mathematical science has had calculus by their senior year at the very latest. Not to say you can't do it without, but its a good idea to have it.

    Personally, to me, the stuff you're listing its like you're trying to write an embellished resume and sell yourself--and maybe i'm the only person who thinks this--but doing that just smells like bs.

    Again, your numbers are fine, but those aren't really necesarily the best indicators of performance. What matters with physics is that you lvoe the material--because there is really no other reason to go into it.

    There is always a need for physicists. How do you think all those engineers know how to do anything?
  5. Feb 23, 2005 #4
    Never give up. It is NEVER too late to start trying and caring more about your classes, if they aren't motivating you then try to think of the college that you want to go to, make THAT your motivation. Check out my thread about college admission, read that over and you will see some things that might be of help.
  6. Feb 28, 2005 #5
    Your probably right. Thank you all very much for posting, you have helped me.

  7. Feb 28, 2005 #6
    Anyway, a 3.8 cumulative GPA's good... I'm getting a 3.7 right now and want to go into Engineering... which I think is acceptable.
    If you do not, however, get a chance to do Physics and think you're motivated and talented enough, you could tackle on the AP exam and get credit for it.
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