Hello everybody, I started school in 2006 and studied like crazy to get out. I could have graduated in 3.5 years but became burned out after countless hours for studying of useless economcis classes. The economy hit the skids my junior year which threw me into a bit of depression since I felt I had been cheated by my professors. One of my finance professors was chuckling that now was a great time to be in the field since so many "interesting things were happening." I bummed around for another year taking random classes while partying a lot and chasing girls. Since I went to an in-state school, my tuition was paid for and I graduated with no debt. I never really tried to find a full time job but at my school's career fair they only had openings for sales people, a position I would loath. During this "bum period" I began to read things which interested me personally such as literature and philosophy. I soon made the decision to study some sort of science so I moved back home and enrolled in in some classes at the local community college witht the intentions of being an engineer while working at a low-paying job. During the last year of study, I have become deeply fascinated with mathematics. I ended up with a D in chemistry because I didn't find it at all interesting, not like Calculus. I only felt that studying for chemistry exams took up time I could have been studying mathematics. I ended up with a B(87%) in CalcI but rebounded with an A in CalcII. Anyway, my concerns are that I am too old to pursue mathematics academically. I turn 24 in a month. It seems most mathematicians start at a young age, like professional athletes. That is my primary concern. My goal right now is to get a Master's degree and then work in either the insurance or the computer industry (not likely since I know little about computers but, would like to know more). Would employers see all this time in school negatively? I do plan on working at least part-time but these jobs would be menial. Ideally, if I do well enough, I would consider a Ph.D., but I am concerned about my age. Thank you for reading my post and any useful advice, anecdotes or information.