Hi all, I've tried writing this three times, but it keeps turning into a long essay, so I'll try to keep it short. Anyway, I've come to the conclusion that some sort of natural ability is required to get a high GPA in physics/maths/engineering. I appear to have none of it, yet I have been studying very hard. I just can't do questions which I haven't seen before, which you can't study for, but you have to improvise with the skills you have acquired. These are the top questions, needed to set your GPA above the average. I can usually get very good grades for biology, geography and so on, but maths based subjects I just can't get a grip on. An A- seems like a brick wall from here. I'm in my first semester studying physics, my ultimate goal was to become an astronaut. Cliche, I know, but I tried to go along with the 'live your dreams' career path. It's something I'd give my left one for. This is a far off goal, coming from someone who lives in New Zealand (with UK/NZ dual citizenship, but doesn't help much here). I figure that if I can't get myself in the top percentile, then moving to America and landing a job in NASA, or similar will not be achievable. It's frustrating, I hang out with most of the top percentile people, and all the advice they can give is 'pay attention in class, and then the rest comes easily'. So, I'm considering changing my path, to something a bit more realistic. I do have another area I'm really interested in getting into, finance. Investment banking and managing really appeal to me. I'm at my countries best university, so the business school looks very appealing. Before I started university, most people told me I should be a lawyer, because I'm good at dealing with arguments and people, so I think my natural ability points towards business a lot more than science. So, I'm trying to keep this as short as possible, but please ask any questions if I've missed out any details. Basically I'm at a crossroad, I'm not sure if 'following my dreams' seems like the best idea to step towards, when I might not perform well enough to land a job in the US. If that is the situation, I would far rather be involved in business, rather than doing whatever physics majors do in New Zealand. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks for reading!