I am a senior physics student. Since high school I have been mainly self-taught in physics. I’ve hardly had any success in university, with an average score of about 74. The reason partly has to do with my terrible algebra skills, with the vast majority of exams being algebra-oriented. However, to me this seems like a symptom of an extensive illness: I have no motivation to prepare for exams. I found that the correlation between my grades and my level of understanding of each courses ranked from 0 to 10 is slightly negative (albeit so small as to be considered insignificant). Even if I invest considerable efforts in exam preparation (which I do), the preparation is doomed to be inefficient, as I perceive it as a waste of time which could ironically be used for physics education. In fact, I study more physics on my summer vacation than I do during the entire semester. My studying style thus been entirely devoid of focus on grades. I took graduate level courses (relativistic quantum mechanics, statistical physics of interacting systems, quantum field theory, introduction to the standard model, general relativity) because I thought they were important and interesting, despite them being considered difficult. Just for fun I have written four unpublished papers on topics ranging from quantum foundations to Brownian motion. I have read books and papers not related to any courses I was taking. I know I have no chance of getting accepted to a reasonably decent graduate school in the standard fashion. Thus, I've considered sending my papers with a brief introduction to as many relevant professors as possible. It seems to be this has the advantage of subjecting me to lesser competition and being more reliable in determining my potential as a physics researcher. It has the disadvantage of me being possibly perceived as a crank (or perhaps I am a crank?). Naturally, since this course is a nonstandard one and to my knowledge not covered by bureaucracy, I deduce that the variance for the answer of each professor is quite large. However, the more numerous the professors contacted, the smaller the relative variance (and hence the risk involved) becomes. Does my plan have any chance of succeeding? Are there any (other?) plausible ways for me to pursue a career in theoretical physics?