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  1. Jun 21, 2012 #1
    I'm Sammy

    I've been lurking through the physics forums for a while and finally decided to start posting. I enjoy the good advice and humor I've seen throughout the forums.

    I'm glad to see that there's a forum community just for our kind of crazy. :P
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  3. Jun 21, 2012 #2
    Welcome Sammy!!!!

    You'll love the forums!!

    Got any favorite fish??
  4. Jun 21, 2012 #3


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    Pick a really BIG fish, Sammy!
  5. Jun 21, 2012 #4

    So, lurking about for?? Are you HS, College, Grad school, old guy? Details :smile:
  6. Jun 21, 2012 #5


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    Nice to see a new geek face here Sammy.
  7. Jun 21, 2012 #6
    Welcome to the forums Sammy!
  8. Jun 22, 2012 #7
    Thanks for the warm welcome :)

    As for my favorite fish, I'll go with the dwarf angelfish. I always thought they looked kinda cool.

    Details eh? I've changed my major a few times. Initially I wanted to get a fine arts degree in photography and take the pre-reqs for a naturopathic med school. Somewhere along the way I felt like I was mixing up love with career goals (that and a formal degree in fine art seems contradictory).
    As a biology major I had a great opportunity when I was invited to an intro research class (only a handful of people were invited each semester). There I was exposed to the research process, and in the end joined a research group at the university as an undergrad (more details on that later if you're curious).
    I had never taken physics, it wasn't even offered at my high school. People kept saying that I would hate it, naturally I put it off. When I did take my first physics class (trig based), I loved it. I had a remarkable prof who tied everything we covered to rl situations; he really inspired and pushed me to think about things from a more well-rounded perspective and encouraged me to think. (I say that because I was one of the students who in grade school got all A's and didn't have anyone there to challenge me or make me work harder, but the disappointment of the educational system here is a topic for another thread).
    I changed my major to physics, and with the large number of credits i had accumulated i am officially a junior- though I'm supposed to graduate fall '14. This fall I'm taking unit phy 2 (since id only taken trig based before), along with calc 3, lin alg, and a java programming class. Since Im ahead with my credit hrs and am playing catch up w phy until spring, Im working on some computational math stuff to keep myself at full time enrollment.
    It's funny because a while back I was almost ashamed to say that I was still working on my undergrad. Running into more and more peers from high school, Ive noticed many aren't happy with their career path or they have a dead end job because they hated the degree program the "settled on". I'm passionate about learning, so I don't so much mind that I haven't finished my undergrad yet. I'm thankful to have a wonderful support system and a good job that let me pay for school, this fall is the first loan ill be taking :) . (I actually just resigned from my position, i want to spend more time on school stuff and academia).
    Anyways, I plan on going to grad school though I haven't picked a school yet. Im going to try and get a TA position at the university, continue working as a tutor, and talk to some profs about undergrad research opportunities. On that note, I took a 400 lvl engineering class last semester about applied ethics and future technologies and that really piqued my interest- highly complex issues. Im not sure exactly what kind of research that prof does, but I plan to meet with him to see if he's looking for any undergrad help.
    As for the "old guy" part, haha, I'm a youngish (23yo) chick!! :P
  9. Jun 22, 2012 #8


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    *slaps Sammy with a BIG dwarf angelfish*


    Now that you are properly initiated, I can say welcome to PF and I'm sure you'll love it here, especially the humor! :tongue: :smile:
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