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MidgetDwarf

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A little bit of myself.

I started arithmetic in community college, due to me having dropped out in 9th grade. I returned to cc with a GED at 21. It has taken me 4 yrs instead of 2, due to me having taken a lot of remedial courses. I am majoring in mathematics. I have a 3.4 gpa. I know I can raise it to a 3.7(I will be taken classess in the winter/spring).

How feasible is a double major in math and physics? I am not wealthy. And I will be 25 this year. I don't mind being in school for another 10 yrs.

I recently found out I really like physics. I would like to someday teach community college and later transition to high school. However, I do not want to be a teacher as soon as I graduate. I would like to work in industry. I do not know what industry interest me. However, by talking to professors, mathematical physics, mathematical modeling, and material science look like jobs I would not mind.

The reason for me wanting to work in industry: i have had many excellent teachers who were often bored of teaching remedial mathematics ( what I mean by remedial is any course below Calculus 3). These teachers were really great, helpful during office hours. During lecture you could actually feel the teachers boredom, it was like they were being tortured in a maximum security prison, think Guantanamo Bay.

Some teachers were differnt however, they had worked in industry. One professor went all over the world to solve mathematical problems in the real world. Ie the maple tree problem in Canada as one example. She would often show me pictures of what a math degree did for her, and how she was able to see and do things, she wouldn't have otherwise.

Also, there was a professor who worked for Nasa for over 30? yrs. An older man, in his late 70 or early 80s, he would say he was 25 lol. He was extremely in love with the idea of teaching, I struggled in his geometry class, and he took time out of his day everyday, to tutor me. He showed me how to attack a mathematical txtbook and how to think. All these teachers were happy, teaching and sharing there experiences and knowledge.

Someday I would like to be like these people. However, I fear, by looking at the other teachers, that if I do not work in industry I am always going to be in lecture bored and thinking what if I did something else.

I like learning for the sake of learning. I'm not sure whether it would be more beneficial to just get a math degree, and study physics on the side, while taking some courses that interest me? Or should I double major? I am planning not to get married, not sure if this matters and I already do not have a social life (doesn't bother me).