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I am in high school in the United States. I am SUPER interested in mathematics and physics, and I have been researching physics and mathematics since middle school. I love it! I love theoretical particle physics and algebraic topology. If I had the choice, I would spend my entire life researching these subjects. I am seeking advice from physics and mathematics professionals about how to proceed, and such. Although I am good at mathematics, proofs and visualizing concepts, I am not strong on competition math and problem-solving. Many major mathematicians and physicists have been famous for winning competitions such the International Physics Olympiad test, International Mathematics Olympiad test, Putnam, Mathcounts, AMC, etc. I was wondering whether it is a good idea for me to pursue physics and mathematics further or to turn to a different field and continue to do the math as a hobby. How hard is it to become a respected physicist/mathematician? How is mathematics different at the professional level? If I am not good at competition math, can I be a successful mathematician or physicist? If so, how would I proceed? If not, how can I continue to stay on the cutting edge of mathematics and physics as a hobbyist?

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