Ever since I was about 11 years old, my dream has been to pursue a career in any scientific field whatsoever (I practically enjoy learning about all of them!). I ended up being enchanted by the magic of physics at an early age as well, thanks to my childhood heroes such as Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking, etc. As I grew up (17 now), my burning passion has slowly started to wither proportional to the realization of the grim reality of how difficult it truly is for me to become a physicist. My math skills aren't the greatest and when it comes to applying it in Physics I tend to fall behind. I guess it's easy to say you're hungry for understanding how the universe works before actually taking a glimpse of the intellectual obstacles that come as an appetizer. Needless to say, I still love Physics as I did when I was first baffled by its beauty amidst an innocent youth, but my consciousness is riddled with questions. In high school, I'm studying my first year in the IB program (Sophomore year) and included in my mandatory courses is basic Physics. I have long awaited the day I can study physics with a class rather than individual studying. As I'm writing this, I'm 1 month away from finishing my sophomore year and I plan on choosing Physics for the rest of my high school days. Will this help me get better at my math skills? I'm already struggling to be slightly above average in mathematics and I fear this weakness will jeopardize my grades in the future for Physics. If not, what can I do to improve my math skills? There are still so many questions I have and I'm glad there's a community here that can help me set my life straight. Will graduating from the IB program improve my chances of getting into a good university for physics? It's something I've been told but never been assured. I hope the fact that I'm finishing high school in South America doesn't affect my chances negatively. I've had my eyes on UCLA for quite a bit, seeing that a close relative of mine works in the medicine department there. Will that up my chances of being accepted? What should I do to improve my chances of getting into a good university, such as UCLA? There are very few to no extra-curricular programs to do here that will appeal to any college, so I'm stuck with school-only advantages. Does school president sound like it can give me an edge? I've been considered as a strong candidate for that. I don't know whether I'm being paranoid about my future too early on or if my worrying is completely appropriate. I would very much appreciate anyone chipping in on helping me out, and who are better at helping young scholars than the formidable and passionate physicists? Sorry for the long post, but I feel it is necessary.