Hello, so over the next few days I will be applying to REUs, and as most of you know, this requires a statement of purpose/essay. Heres what I have so far.. keep in mid it's only a draft. Please be critical, I need all the suggestions I can get. Let me know what I can add, or take away from this essay to make it better. Thank you. I started my college career as mathematics major. I did not perform as well as I would have liked in my major courses, and it in reflected in my grades. I took my first physics course my third year and became obsessed with the subject. I found it more interesting than mathematics. I immediately asked my professor if I would be able to pursue a major in physics, in addition to mathematics. Together, we came up with a plan in which I would be able to complete the curriculum for the physics major in an additional two years (five years total). I was enthusiastic about taking upper level physics courses the following fall. I ordered my texts early, and began reading them during my summer job. Physics took over my life; in the best way possible, and I yearn to learn more about the universe and how it works. My enthusiam accompanied by my ambition allowed me to not only perform well in my fall semester classes, but drastically increased my knowledge of physics. Currently I've been watching videos, reading, and working with physics. Research at [insert University] would be extremely beneficial to me, not only as a future physicist and student, but as a person. I have never had the chance to do research, as my advisor only works on string theory requiring graduate-level physics, and this would be an amazing opportunity for me. I plan on attending graduate school to receive my PhD in physics and I feel this research experience would greatly increase my chances of being accepted.