I have to say, this is the most fantastic website that I have ran across in a long time. I particularly like the helpful (seemingly so far?) community and in-depth coverage of virtually every general question I have had in the past year! I was reading through a thread that linked to an article by Dr. Michio Kaku, covering Physics Education, what to expect, and generally how things work. That was EXACTLY what I was looking for. I liked the article, the following pages of posts, and links, so much that I immediately subscribed to the boards. I feel that I have already received my moneys worth. Anyway, my question, well general situation. I have a fairly decent knowledge of electronics, mathmatics, and basic physics, from the military. Surprisingly, I am not at all disappointed in my experience while I was in. That being said, I am not a very "militant" person, and after doing some much needed maturing we went our seperate ways. I guess I am your typical "military for college tuition" type. Next week I will be finishing up my third semester at a local community college. I elected to take the beginning mathmatics courses even though I placed into College Algebra. I am glad that I did, it turns out there is a great deal I was not taught in Highschool/Military. I am trucking along, making progress, and believe that I will finish the 2 year program in about 5 semesters in total at this rate. I am finishing up College Algebra and at this point have recieved nothing lower than a 98. I think I have something like 35ish credit hours now, all with A's (you have to start somewhere right?). I have a monthly stipend as long as I am attending school, so realistically, I have no other obligations. I can attend wherever I want, and all of my bills are covered. I was looking into scholarships, applied for the Federal Aid that I just learned I was eligable for and I stumbled across the Honors program. Is it worth my time/effort to take part in the Honors courses? I am taking Trig-Honors next semester to sort of test the waters. I was lured in on the promise of smaller classes, and better professors, not to mention a scholarship (which is money in MY pocket given my situation. I am on course for an Engineering-articulated A.A. that will transfer to my local University, but I am almost positive that this point that I will switch that over to Physics at the 4-year. At this point, I will not have taken any un-needed courses yet anyway. I have made it my goal in life to get into the college of Physics where I live now, and would really like some advice on what sort of things I can do to maximize my chances? I have always enjoyed explaining new ideas to people, my job in the military was essentially instructing courses on AC/DC theory, and basic engineering theory. I know this is something that I can excel at, and I cannot remember a time in my life where I have been more excited. I love physics, I have read every mainstream book available to me, watched every BBC/NOVA documentary that exists in my tri-state area, and personally researched many things that I have no business learning at my current education level. I would really like to finish up my 4 year in 3 years total and when my military-funding dries up, go the financial-aid/RA/TA (basically whatever) route to the highest education that I can obtain. Is there any advice that you wish you had when you started your education path? I would really appreciate any advice, criticism, or just plain old reassurance :P Thanks! /I have read all the FAQ's and Sticky-posts before writting this. If I am out of place for posting this here, forgive me.