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.