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Hello,

I will be a college freshman in this fall to begin my studies in the sciences. I have equal passion for both subjects so I am going to choose whichever I am better at. I have seen a number of threads in this forum and talked to my teachers. What they all suggested is to take both mathematics and physics courses and see how it goes. However, my school kinda separate those who want to be a mathematics major and those who want to be a physics major. (They offer two separate "proof" based and "physics" based courses and i must register for physics program during my first year) And I also want to be strongly determined before I begin my studies so I put all my attention to one, not contemplating which one to pursue.

I prefer understanding challenging concepts rather than solving challenging problems with some bright techniques.

What I like about mathematics is the logical progression of proofs but I don't see the tricks needed quickly unless I have seen them before. I feel enormous stress when looking at the IMO problems because I can't get any of them right.

What I like about physics is explaining physical phenomena using mathematics. Since there is rarely obsecure algebraic tricks involved in solving problems I feel much more comfortable, but I was never good at physics as I was at mathematics, at least in high school.

I am kinda leaning towards physics, but I feel like I am running away from mathematics because I was never good at contests. Should I major in physics?

Any word is really grateful for me in such a situation, thank you in advanced.