Well, being that I am new here, I suppose that a little background information is in order. I was your typical lazy kid in school. I hated homework, never did any of it, and my grades suffered as a result. I understood all of the material but I had the "I already know and understand this so why bother" mentality. At the same time, I had been in my school's gifted program, for whatever that is worth, since I was in second grade. And, I have always been told that I am a fast learner when I want to be, and could do whatever I wanted if I would just apply myself. I never listened. So, when I finally graduated with my horrid (2.5 maybe) GPA, I went out into the working world. Now let's fast forward six years. I am at wit's end. I have been woking in a machine shop since I finished school and I can't stand it. Every day I sit infront of whatever lathe or mill I happen to be running that day I can't seem to shake the feeling that that day is another grain of sand falling to the bottom of the hourglass that is my life. My friends and my fiance keep telling me that I need to go back to school and do something with myself. Well, needless to say I have been looking into it. Between the monotony of work and a problem with anxiety that decided to come to a head a few years ago, I need a fresh start. I have always loved physics. I have six or seven of your typical layman's physics books laying around, and my dvr is packed with every half interesting show that I have came across. I think I have sat here and read every wikipedia article (that doesn't confound me with too much math that I don't know) that has anything to do with astrophysics, particle physics, etc. But, anyway, I have been considering going to a community college to refresh all my algebra and trig that I haven't used in six years and pick up some calculus. I suppose, while I am there, I could get some of the other degree requirements out of the way as well. Then, I was hoping to be able to get into Pitt, which is about twenty or so minutes away. I noticed they have a BS in physics as well as a BS in physics and astronomy, not quite sure which one of those I would be after, but I guess I am getting a little ahead of myself. I don't really know anything about how this stuff works. I hope that the stuff I was fed in highschool i.e. blowing it there is blowing all hope of making something out of yourself was just hyperbole. If I haven't lost whatever knack for learning that I had, and I am truly ready to change (Which I realllly believe I can do). Can I go back and do such a thing? Would I be taken seriously? Or is all hope lost? P.S. Sorry for the wall-o-text. tl;dr - I blew it in HS, do I still have a shot?