My dream is to be successful as a researcher in some area of physics that I haven't decided on yet (I am going to start my Freshman year at the University of Arizona in September, so I don't have the experience to know which area I will find most enjoyable or find the most meaning in). I am learning about how to get into a good grad school already. However, I don't know what a path to a successful career as a physicist and professor takes, other than a momentous effort. There are many reasons that I want to be a professor: I want to inspire others, I would likely live in a nice area (like Palo Alto around Stanford), and I would get pretty good "compensation" for doing what I love. The reason I could use a lot of advice at the bare minimum is because I will be competing to get the same job that Nobel Prize winners land. Even in the best circumstances, it is a landing spot that requires a great deal of luck and passion. I need to make a great resume and have great experience during my undergraduate career and a great reputation during my graduate career and shortly thereafter.