Hi everyone, I'm hoping to get some advice from people who are more experienced in things like this. I am an undergraduate, freshman physics major, and I have made plans this summer to do research with my department. Of course it's not going to be anything too advanced, but I thought it was a start. I am probably going to begin in about 2-3 weeks. My problem is that I am not sure anymore if I want to do it or not. I am really not that interested in the professor's branch of physics (and I don't want to join his research group), and also I am afraid I'll burn myself out (this last semester was a lot of work, and the next one will be even more). I'd really just like to go home. I am afraid though, that now that I've talked to this professor (maybe three times), it will hurt my reputation with the department to back out. Worse still, he is one of the big researchers in the department, and he'd be a bad person to get on the wrong side of. If you're wondering why I decided to do this in the first place, I am a freshman and just got rather excited at the idea of research. It was a bad choice in my case. Does anyone have any advice? I hesitant to do it, but also afraid to back out. I am sure it is not all that important with me being a freshman at all, but I don't want to get started out in a bad way. Thanks, everyone.