I am a 23yr old high-school dropout. Ahh! Wait! Before you roll your eyes and say, "sorry, pal, not a snowball's chance in hell," let me elaborate a bit. A few years ago, I discovered that I have an affinity for math. Since then I have learned the following topics through self-study: Intermediate Algebra College Algebra Geometry Trigonometry Basic Statistics "College Mathematics" (precalculus stuff) Calculus (limits, continuity, differentiation, applications of the derivative, exponential, logarithmic and hyperbolic functions, infinite sequences and series, vectors, functions of several variables, partial derivatives and multiple integration) I plan on attempting an introductory text to discrete mathematics, and if I manage that, I'll then attempt linear algebra. Up until a few days ago, I had absolutely no reason for learning mathematics other than simple curiosity. But then I thought to myself, "well, living in a crummy apartment with a dead-end job sucks." How does one go to college -- especially if said person is a dirt poor high school dropout? And for the record, this post is NOT trolling. My purpose in describing my mathematical knowledge is not to brag, but to show that I am serious about the goals that I set for myself. Since I have no recourse to physicists in real life, I am hoping somebody here can enlighten me. Does it also matter that I am not one of those genius types that physics students are protrayed to be in popular culture? I can fully grasp all of the mathematical concepts I've learned thus far (at least, I like to believe I can), but I am most definitely NOT one of those whizzes who can crunch a bunch of numbers off the top of their head. I just want an honest opinion: do I have ANY hope of becoming a physicist? Or am I too old/unorthodox?