Deciding on a Field of Physics: A 4th Year Undergrad's Story

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In summary, the speaker chose to study quantum mechanics as their main field of study in their third year of undergraduate studies. Factors such as academic strengths and interests, job market, and advice from professors and peers influenced this decision. Switching to a new field in their fourth year was challenging, but their previous knowledge and skills in physics helped them adapt. Good time-management and organization skills were crucial in balancing coursework while exploring the new field. The speaker recommends carefully considering individual interests and goals before making the decision to switch fields in the fourth year.
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I'm a 4th yr undergrad - materials science/physics minor.

How did you choose what particular field of physics you wanted to study?
There's too many topics and obviously too little time to learn everything...

Please share some stories of fate of how you got stuck solving P vs NP ;)

Thanks
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I understand the struggle of choosing a specific field of physics to study. There are endless possibilities and it can be overwhelming to try and narrow it down. I personally chose my field based on my interests and strengths, as well as the potential impact and relevance of the field in the real world.

I think it's important to explore different areas of physics during your undergraduate studies to see what resonates with you the most. For me, it was materials science that captured my attention and I decided to pursue it as my major. However, I also took courses in other areas such as astrophysics and quantum mechanics, which helped me gain a broader understanding of physics as a whole.

As for your question about getting stuck solving P vs NP, I can't say that I have a specific story about that. However, I do believe that sometimes we are drawn to certain problems or questions in physics that seem unsolvable or difficult to understand. This is where our passion and determination as scientists come into play, as we strive to find solutions and push the boundaries of knowledge.

In the end, I believe that choosing a field of physics is a combination of interest, aptitude, and opportunity. Keep exploring and learning, and trust that the right path will reveal itself to you. Good luck on your journey!
 

Related to Deciding on a Field of Physics: A 4th Year Undergrad's Story

1. How did you decide on a field of physics for your undergraduate studies?

I had always been interested in physics and excelled in my physics courses in high school. However, it wasn't until my third year of undergrad that I truly fell in love with quantum mechanics and decided to pursue it as my main field of study. I found that I was constantly drawn to the complex and abstract concepts of quantum physics and wanted to dive deeper into understanding it.

2. What factors did you consider when choosing a field of physics?

There were a few key factors that influenced my decision. Firstly, I looked at my academic strengths and interests. I knew I wanted to choose a field that I was passionate about and could excel in. I also considered the current job market and future career prospects in different fields of physics. Additionally, I sought advice from my professors and peers who were already studying in different fields of physics.

3. Was it challenging to switch to a different field of physics in your fourth year?

Yes, switching fields in my fourth year was definitely challenging. I had to catch up on a lot of new material and concepts that I had not been exposed to before. It also required a lot of hard work and dedication to catch up with my peers who had been studying the field for a longer time. However, I found that my previous knowledge and skills in physics were transferable and helped me adapt to the new field more easily.

4. How did you manage to balance your coursework while exploring a new field of physics?

It was definitely a balancing act, but I found that good time-management skills and staying organized were key. I made sure to prioritize my coursework and attend all classes and tutorials. I also took advantage of office hours and sought help from my professors whenever I needed clarification on concepts. Additionally, I made sure to set aside time each week to read and explore more about my new field of physics.

5. Would you recommend switching fields of physics in the fourth year of undergraduate studies?

It depends on the individual's interests and goals. For me, switching to a new field of physics in my fourth year was a great decision as it allowed me to pursue my passion and opened up new career opportunities. However, it may not be the best choice for everyone, as it requires a lot of hard work and dedication to catch up on new material. It's important to carefully consider all factors and seek advice before making such a decision.

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