First off I would like to thank you for your time for clicking on this thread and reading it. Thank you! To begin, i'm a 17 year old in High School in 11th grade in Northern New Jersey. To give a little background in my schooling life, just like pretty much everyone else I did great in all early school years. I'm not sure why but when I entered 6th grade my grades went from 90s from the years before to 80s and 70s. Yes they are good but it's what happens the following years. From grades 7-9 I just gave up in school and got Fs and Ds. The middle of my sophomore year I realized that I need to do straighten up and start doing my best and get the best possible grades. I also realized what I wanted to go to college for. Well, not exactly but I realized that I love science. More specifically, I love everything about space and time and how it works. So I brought my grades up to all 70s compared to all 60s at the end of the school year. Which to me, for having failing/border-line grades for 3-4 years straight is an improvement. But enough about that, Now i'm a junior currently taking Geometry CP for my math and Principles of Chemistry and Physics CP for my science. As of this year I improved my grades by a large margin, I have 90s and 80s for all my classes. Next year I'm taking Physics CP and Algebra 2 CP. Is taking algebra 2 as a senior and wanting to pursue a career in some sort of physics or astronomy science really bad? I've been trying my hardest to do my best in school but I'm already too far into High School to be taking more advanced classes. But this hasn't stopped me from trying to obtain my goal. So basically I guess I really want to know is it too late to wanting to pursue a career in astronomy, physics, or cosmology academically seeing as I am entering my senior year of High School? Also I know this question probably already has been asked and be can found somewhere on the internet but as a astronomer or astrophysicist or cosmologist does every job require any sort of skills in computers? Also how often are you using those skills? Are there jobs where the use of computer skills isn't needed as much as another? This might sound selfish in a way but I don't want to be constantly writing code I would rather be using a program rather than writing one. So basically in a crude way I want to study the universe, analyze data, write theories, and then prove or disprove it by using a program. Is there jobs that I can do such? I know there is a whole range of jobs and ways of doing things a field but this is basically my desire. I have no other desire for any other field of science or anything thing else. So thank you for your time!