I'm in my first year of official physics courses. This semester I am in mechanics 1, mathematical physics, linear algebra, and intermediate lab. I'm not sure whether I should stay as a physics major. Before considering the switch... How long did (does) it take you on average to solve a problem in (for example) a problem set for mechanics? We have a problem set due next Wednesday which is six questions. I think it took me about four maybe five hours yesterday to do the first two problems, and the rest I don't even know where to begin (I mean I sort of do, but you know what I mean it takes a lot of careful thought). On the other hand with my mathematical physics HW I can get through all or most of it without much strain, and it's basically just a course in mathematics. Reasons to switch: I feel like if I stay in the physics courses I am in that I will fail this semester. This material is by no means easy and not straightforward. My peers can solve problems way faster than I can. If I didn't get help last semester I would have not been able to pass one of my physics courses. My main worry here is money and time. I think I will have been in school for five years by the time I finish my degree in physics. If I do a math degree the time will be shorter so I would spend less money - and I am also better at math (maybe I can get into honors) which would benefit me in the long run. I know of a girl that got hired straight out of her honors bachelor in mathematics by the CIA to do espionage work. Also, I know that for physics you need to go pretty far in academia to get a job whereas math you don't. If I majored in physics, I don't think I would have a GPA high enough for grad school and so I would be stuck after college. Also my love for math is great, almost more than my love for physics. I've taken Calc 3 and ODE and got nearly 100% in ODE and a 91% in Calc 3 if that says anything. Whereas in physics I have never made greater than a B. Closest was 89.3% in modern physics which isn't you having to actually do physics anyway since it's a course that can be taken by non-physics majors. Reasons not to switch: Physics is amazing. That's it. I see its applicability everywhere. I didn't grow up a "science kid" like a lot of my peers with maglab shirts or something like that. Therefore I need to work harder than others because I was never brought up with that sort of science-like mindset or drive - it hit me late (not even three years ago) I turned to physics because I knew it was about the universe, and I want to know about the universe. I feel like I'm wasting time in college right now because I'm being indecisive. What should I do? Do mathematics where I have an advantage, or do physics because it's amazing but then maybe be broke? I think doing what you love is great but I need to also be practical.