Do I need to be "obsessed" with physics in order to do well in it? Hey all. I'm currently a college undergrad, a freshman, and I'm taking Calc 3, chem 2, and physics 1 with calc. The physics course is an accelerated course that includes some parts of special relativity. In high school, I was a pretty well-rounded student; I had good SAT scores, good grades, but nothing was exceptional. I was never really motivated to put in work besides the bare minimum in high school, because I actually had pretty severe social anxiety that really made me abhor being in school. I would hate to talk to people, I thought everyone was boring, and this negative attitude persisted for so long that I could no longer distinguish if I was merely going through a phase, or if this mentality was actually part of my personality. Anyway, needless to say, since I hated school, I didn't do as well as I could have. But that's not the point. Currently, at the school I'm attending, I'm actually enjoying the classes I'm taking. All of the professors are engaging (even though I'm at a large research uni), but I've noticed that, especially in my physics class, I don't actually have the appearance of my fellow students. I don't mean to be condescending or anything, but a lot of these guys (the class is all guys) have poor hygiene, seem to have sporadic nervous ticks, and are generally not the type of people that would be accepted by your average proletariat person. This is all fine in a sense, considering that I am not really judgmental of anyone, and I actually enjoy their company. However, one thing that concerns me in particular pertains to myself, and how I don't necessarily fit the mold of a "physics student" (stereotype is perhaps the more accurate word) like these guys do. More specifically, where these other students seem to devote all their time to their studies, in spite of hygiene, recreation, and interaction with the opposite sex, I prefer to live a well-balanced life. Although I'm rather ugly, that doesn't deter me from trying to talk to girls (even though the topics that I enjoy are often no where near those that your average girl would like). In spite of my relative ugliness (I'm not self-deprecating, we all know what generally 'good-looking' and 'bad-looking' people look like), I still greatly enjoy working out and playing sorts like soccer and basketball. I also like to keep clean, wear clean clothing, and generally look as presentable as possible. However, from what I can tell, my attention to these other 'non-science' matters seems to be counterproductive to what a true, dedicated physics student is. My question then, finally, is how much of a balanced life should one have while simultaneously trying to excel in a field? Do you guys think that my lack of focus, exclusively to physics and the sciences, is a sign that perhaps I am not passionate enough to continue studying it in the future? Is it a bad thing that I like girls, sports, and literature, and would like to devote my time occasionally to some of these endeavors instead of physics/science? Thanks for your help.