Hello, all! I've just registered to the Forum after an extensive search for one that I feel will be conducive to my current and future questions. That being said, I'll tell you a bit of where I currently stand in my education. Unfortunately the realization of the importance that lies within education came to me rather late; I am 22 years old and have just started, with a committed drive that is, at my local community college. Always being a lover of literature I found the book For the Love of Physics by Walter Lewin in my local bookstore and simply couldn't resist. Needless to say, I subsequently fell in love with the idea of studying natural phenomena and continued to purchase book.. after book.. after book. Ending up at Euclid's Window by Leonard Mlodinow. It was time, I decided, to enroll (after four years of abhorrent behavior consisting of musical performances and excessive drinking :p) in the aforementioned community college! As such, I was a bit rusty. I took all the required remedial courses (the algebra of linear functions through that of completing squares) and passed with great ease; amusingly enough ending up as the professor's helper of sorts. This brings me to my current, nearly discouraging, situation. I've chosen to study Physics with a minor in Computer Science as most all experimentation requires the extension of our senses via computing resources (something I believe ZapperZ pointed out so generously in the So You Want To Be A Physicist? thread). This leaves my current curriculum plan (regarding maths) as follows: Fall 2012 - College Algebra/Stars and Galaxies (intro to Astronomy) - to which I am currently attenting Spring 2013 - Plane Trigonometry/Introduction to Programming (Java) Summer 2013- Pre-Calculus Fall 2013 - Introduction to C/Calculus I/General Physics I (algebra and trig based) My idea for taking this course is to bear an introduction to the field of physics as to prepare me for the University Physics (calculus based) Spring 2013 - Calculus II/University Physics I At which time I'll be concurrently finishing up the core classes that will be required to reach my hourly minimum to transfer to UT Austin. This brings me to the questions associated with this thread: 1.) Despite a former lack of advanced mathematics, what do you believe will be the hardest obstacle for me to complete? 2.) Do the choices regarding the course-outline reflect ones that you would deem responsible in respect to reaching my educational goals? 3.) Does the fact that I am starting at a Community College severely hurt my chances of success in this most amazing field? 4.) What tips do you have for preparing myself, in advance, for the coursework ahead? I realize some of my questions may prove redundant as I become more familiar with this community and apologize now for such consequences. I hope this thread does not come off as excessive and am looking for some excellent guidance. On that note, thank you! My name is Ryan.