...And is there a point at which one should just give up? I'm not talking about taking Math classes, putting a decent amount of effort into them, and then failing. I'm talking about being behind from the start. I will admit that my academic past is... Well, it's terrible. I was an awful student. Between about fifth grade and nearing the end of my junior year in high-school, I just did not care about ANYTHING related to school. I slept through most of my classes, never did homework or studied, and I did the bare minimum that I possibly could to pass with the lowest grades I could and basically didn't learn anything. I have a much different attitude about academics now, but I am still definitely facing the fallout of my past poor decisions. I am presently an undergraduate freshman at a community college and I'm just about wrapping up with the pre-requisite to College Algebra (you don't need to tell me how pathetic that is, I am well aware, and quite humiliated to boot). This is obviously horrible for anyone wanting to pursue a career in Physics. So, tell me what you think. Is it too late for me? Did I screw myself over too severely to ever catch up? I am very concerned about where I am, and I hope that I can overcome this; but I know that this is obviously a very demanding subject, so maybe I've already ruined it for myself. Any advice helps, thanks.