Hi there. I'm new here and this is my first post. So yeah, hi. So, I'm a 19-year old high school drop-out with a quite profound interest in physics. Here's some background: I've always gotten good grades in school, especially in math and English (2nd language), but I did it without really having to do much. Because getting good grades was so easy, my work moral gradually became less and less and was pretty much non-existing (in school work) by the time I got to high school. I was also pretty hooked on the idea of living off of being an artist, so I dropped out after about 6 months. Now, a bit more than a year later I've learned to do stuff like this: http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2013/134/c/4/bette_davis_by_silverghostdk-d658zd4.png (reference used, no tracing). In other words; I've learned the value of hard work. But doing art also gets pretty boring without also having some kind of intellectual stimulation (and I'd like to contribute to society with more than pretty pictures). About half a year ago I got Carl Sagan's Cosmos for my birthday and I really enjoyed it. It pretty much triggered my interest in physics which has grown exponentially since then. In the mean time I've read various biographies, books by Newton and Einstein, some popular science books and been doing math exercises on my own. And I really enjoy it all (even though I'm aware there's a good chance that I haven't understood everything right) and I'd really like to study physics at uni. Which is a pretty big deal to me, since I don't come from an academic family at all. So I'm starting this 2-year, kind of intense, high school course in august of this year where I'm doing A-levels in math and physics. So, considering that I'm a tad late to the uni-party (I'll be 21 when I go to uni) and I've had my IQ tested to be 125 (because I've been pretty insecure about my intelligence, being a drop-out and all) which is above average but not super great, would I be able to do a Ph.D. and possibly work as a researcher? I mean, I wont base my career choice on what someone says on the internet, but some kind of assurance would be nice. Excuse the English. I hope it all makes sense.