Hi, I am a first year college student, and I have been interested in becoming a physicist since I was 12. I enjoy thinking about physics concepts like space-time and black holes and so on. I took my first real physics class for prospective physics majors this past semester and got a B+. I got a grade above the average on the first midterm, below the average on the second midterm, and on the average on the final. I did all of the assigned work, and I feel like I understand the concepts. Maybe could have done more practice, and maybe if I had studied more for the second midterm and not made a mistake on one of the lab reports I could have gotten an A-. I go to an elite liberal arts college, where a majority of the students in the introductory physics class already took the class in high school. If I were to become a physicist I would want to become a physics professor so that I could do research without any immediate practical applications. I have heard that to get an academic appointment as a physics professor you have to pretty much be a genius and also get lucky. I would not want to work in engineering or in industry. Do I have any kind of reasonable chance of success in getting a position as a physics professor if, going off of the information I have now, I am the "average" physics student at an elite liberal arts college? Is the type of person who ends up getting this job the type of person who would easily be able to get an A in an introductory physics class on pure intelligence? If I am not at the top of my physics class does that mean that I am too far behind?