I'm 17 right now. I'm trying to decide what to do with my life. I think I'd be happiest studying physics. The subject is so broad and important that it seems like I'll never lack interesting things to think about, nor will I wind up feeling like my time spent studying was wasted. I want to perceive the world around me in a more complete way, and to be able to understand why things are the way they are. Right now, I have my Associate's degree as a computer programmer. I managed to get a perfect grade-point average at college. I'm looking at what schools I would like to go to, and the reason I'm posting this is to ask for advice on selecting a school. MIT is currently my first choice, since it sounds more like a meritocracy than an aristocracy. What schools should I consider? Also, if you have any anecdotal advice, I'm all ears, or eyes, or whatever sensory organ suits the medium.