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  1. Apr 11, 2009 #1
    HI guys, first post!

    i guess i should give you a little back ground. Im 23. I am a very mechanically inclined person, and very curious. As a kid, i would take stuff apart, figure out how it worked, and then get bored with it and not even put it back together :D lol. so i always thought physics/engineering would be right for me. now 15 years later, im finally getting my life together and going to school..just to a community college for now, and im hoping to transfer to NC State in the next 5 years (they have a excellent physics department from what im told)

    SO anyways, im just trying to figure out where i should go with my classes for now. I already have a ton of electrical classes from my time in the air force. along with some elective classes that you get from basic training etc... and im finishing up my college allgebra class now.

    Im thinking in this job market it would be best to get a minor in engineering (mechanical) first, and get all my core classes done. and then major in physics later (which is where i really want to be) my thinking, is that the engineering degree will get me a job and experience with design and implementation, and then the addition of physics degree will get me a better job doing more of the research and development stuff i want to do.

    sorry for the long post, and i hope maybe you can see what im asking. im not very good at communication things when i dont even have a great understanding of what it is i want to do lol. anyways, what do you guys think


    by the way, my wife is gonna be and officer in the AF in 2 years, and when that happens ill be going to school full time, and hopefully doing some kind of apprenticeship somewhere.
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  3. Apr 11, 2009 #2
    i guess i should also say that stargate is my favorite tv show :D :D :D

    jk but astrophysics is where i want to end up.
  4. Apr 11, 2009 #3
    You'll need a few more semesters of math before you can even really start on physics or engineering. While you're working your way past calc 1, knock out a chunk of your gen ed requirements. Once you finish calc 1, you can really start getting into the physics and engineering.
  5. Apr 11, 2009 #4
    thank you, i acually just found the "so you want to be a physicist" thread and its actually very insightful
  6. Apr 11, 2009 #5
    SG-1 or Atlantis? Your preference is very important. So is your favorite character. These show a lot about your personality and where you would like to go in life. I mean, are you more interested in wormhole physics and interstellar travel, or the design of Zats (boy, we don't want those things to get into the hands of the general public, how could we ever prove a murder that resulted from a third shot (unless that is covered in an episode I have yet to see; then, I don't want to hear about it)) and crystal technology?

    Sorry, I am a huge SG fan. Had to make this stupid comment.
  7. Apr 11, 2009 #6

    haha, atlantis. maybe a few of the newer sg1 episodes.as far as sceintist, i have to say im likin carter the best...obvisouly. lol mckay to cockey, zalenka to much of a wus. other than that my favorite was Carson till he got killed.

    lol anyways, worm hole physics is what im interested in. and ive acually got a couple of VERY basic frequecy/magenetism tunnel concepts. thats why i need physics in my life haha.
  8. Apr 11, 2009 #7
    actually just got done watchin the episode where rodney blew up the solar system...cmon, who'd want to be that guy lol
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