i'm not sure if this is the best place to post this so if its in the wrong place i'm sorry and ill try to move it i've always loved physics. I've never been good at much of anything except math and science. Never could play an instrument worth a damn, zero athletic ability, and so forth, but math and science was my thing, it was the one thing I am GOOD at. It's been my dream for years to become a physicist and eventually conduct research in a lab or at an organization like CERN or NASA. I've felt like this was my goal for years but over the last several months I'm beginning to have doubts. I'm a first year undergrad student studying physics at my uni right now and the lab component of my classes is seriously the worst part of my week. I fully understand and appreciate the reason behind a lab component to a class, but I just hate it so much. I don't know if its the way that the class is taught or if I don't like the labs despite the way it is being taught but every week I dread going to the Physics lab. Couple reasons why: First term, we were given instruction beforehand to give us details on how we should prepare for the labs beforehand. This term however, we are given zero instruction beforehand. We never are given enough time to finish our labs. Last term I dont think a single lab group actually managed to finish any of the labs before time ran out. This term, our labs are half an hour *shorter* than before. Our lab coordinator has some strange rules which can cause some stress overall, its just a very very stressful period of time in my week, and I dread going to it every time. This doesn't inspire confidence in the idea of spending 10 years of my life studying physics to do more labwork, if I end up hating the actual work itself. My question to you guys is this: For any of you who have walked this path that I have always wanted to walk, what's the destination like? How would you describe your daily work compared to your memory of 1st/2nd year undergrad lab work? Are there any physicists here who hated undergrad lab sessions but love their research? Is the grass greener on the other side or is it this shade all the way through?