I am an upcoming sophomore at Boston College and feel that I should change my major to physics. I have a strong interest in the subject and after much deliberation feel that I should make the switch. However, I want you guys to look at the following circumstances: In my freshmen year, I did not study hard or provide myself with the proper motivation to do well. I poorly in my science classes (which composed of two biology class, general chemistry, and mathematics) and got a 2.5 GPA as a result. My non science classes were all B's and A's that year. Before anyone says anything, I want to clear a few things. First off, by no extension of the word or meaning, I am good at mathematics and decent-good at chemistry (I have always done well in them). 100%, I am sure that, had I actually given those subjects their deserved amount of studying, I would have done well. Biology is memorization at this level, so obviously that could have been remedied. I know that what I have just said is not a delusion of mine. Now, on to Physics. I did not take any physics classes my freshmen year. I have taken physics up to the honors level in high school and felt it was extremely easy and enjoyable (Details of the curriculum can be found here: http://www.blsphysics.com/ [Broken]), while my highschool is known for having a rather difficult physics program. Furthermore, I have watched many of the MIT physics videos that deal with topics beyond my “Beyond Intro Phyics” highschool class and can understand them without much difficulty. I am aware that this will most likely not be the case in upper level physics courses, but I am determined to work hard to excel in these courses. This will also be the case with any additional math courses. Do you guys think I can reverse my bad first year and succeed in Physics? Will those initial bad grades prevent me from getting into a good graduate school program, even if I do amazing on all of my physics classes? On that topic, what do physics graduate schools look for in a applicant? Thank you all for your help. I really appreciate it. Any advice for me in general as a new physics major are also welcome.