Hello, I'm 18yrs old and this August, I'll be flying from here to Huntsville, AL to study at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (www.uah.edu). I'm receiving a scholarship of 70% of the tution fee. When I decided to go to US to study, my first priorities were to get myself into a challenging academic atmosphere where I would be exposed to international research. I wanted to get myself into a circle where people would be interested in the pure sciences and increase my enthusiasm for pure thought (I'm thinking U of Chicago would've been my kinda place). I'm not sure if I'm going to get that at UAH. Right now, I'm enrolled in the undergraduate physics program but I'm planning to dual major in physics and Mathematics. I don't know how strong the programs at UAH are, but one thing that I do know is that the physics program there is pretty flexible. I'm not even sure about the quality of the instruction or how challenging the courses are going to be. I'm worried about it. My worries escalated when I casually searched the library catalogue (http://188.8.131.52/uhtbin/cgisirsi/kx5a8We7mM/0/138700011/60/1173/X). I didn't find many of the books that I would have liked to read! I'm just worried. I'm wondering if UAH is worth spending all that money and all that travelling. The one advantage I'm sure of is that UAH has extensive ties at the Cummings Research Park and NASA space flight center near by. I might be able to get to work and train there for a couple of semesters as a co-operative education student. But, besides that, I don't know if the people at UAH are going to be enthusiastic about pure sciences. I'd like to hear some opinions about UAH and some suggestions on what to expect.