I am currently a senior in high school who has been earning college credits and high school credits simultaneously for the last two years. This allowed me to finish my liberal education requirements last semester. Up until recently, my goal was to go into medicine, but now I feel that I would not enjoy that career path. This has lead me to do a lot of research on a career in physics. I have always been fascinated that our universe can be described in mathematics. The doctor I have been shadowing told me that physicists are generally people who would take apart televisions, computers, and other electronics at home. Is this true? Personally, I enjoy knowing the physics/chemistry behind how the combustion engine works instead of knowing how to take the engine apart. Is this a sign that I should not be pursuing a career in this field? I was also wondering how competitive it is to get into a top thirty physics graduate school compared to medical school? When I ask how competitive, I mean what type of grade point average would you need? The University of Minnesota is ranked at twenty six (Or something close to that number) which will be one of my top choices. What is the entrance test you are required to take as an undergraduate student in order to apply to graduate school (I am assuming they have something simlar to the MCAT)? What increases your chances of getting admitted into a phd program? Is it volunteer work, research, or just a good letter of recommendation? Sorry for the long question. Thanks in advance!