Please take the time to read all of this. I would really appreciate if you could fully understand my situation and help me. I am a freshman in college and need to decide very soon what I want to major in. I have always had a difficult time making decisions. One week I'll feel one way and the next I'll feel differently, and there has always been back-and-forth pulling between a few major interests of mine. Here are my two major passions, in no specific order: Astronomy and Politics You might be a little surprised. Some people put them far apart from each other. After all, many career tests that I have taken have asked me, "Would you rather be a scientist or a senator?" And I've never been able to answer that question easily. Here is the deal: I love science, particularly astronomy. I have always been interested in the planets, the stars, the galaxies, and everything else in the universe. I also believe that it is, in a way, a duty of mine as a human to help contribute towards learning new things about the universe that we live in. There are so many big questions we have to work towards answering, and things we must do in space to build a strong future as a human race. I also love politics. Whenever elections come around, I fully immerse myself in what's going on. Especially presidential elections. The first presidential election I remember was 2004, and since then I've been hooked. I follow campaigns very closely and am a big supporter of certain views and platforms. I have put bumper stickers for candidates on my car. I debate politics on social media sites. And I follow news about government, politics, and world events. I'm already analyzing and discussing potential candidates and strategies for the 2016 presidential election. I haven't had to declare a major yet in college, but so far (in my first semester) I've been taking classes that are under the academic plan for the major "Astronomy and Astrophysics." But lately I've been worrying excessively about the future and what I really want to do. I love astronomy and space, and I'm very interested in ideas like the search for extraterrestrial life and asteroid deflection. But there is one big problem with majoring in Astronomy & Astrophysics: I'm not that good at math and I don't like it. I can handle physics to a certain point, but the math sets me back and bores me. There are so many people who are way better with math and physics than I am. I am more interested in big concepts and ideas rather than mathematical problems with numbers. For example, on a test, I would much more enjoy questions like "If the universe was geometrically positively curved, what would its ultimate fate believed to be?" (Answer: It would likely expand to a certain point, stop, and then contract back in on itself, resulting in an eventual "big crunch" or "big bounce." A question I would hate on a test is: "Calculate the pressure of a gas inside a black hole at -234 degrees F." In other words, for example, I love to learn about black holes, how they work, and how they're formed. But I would hate sitting down and actually doing specific calculations concerning them. And the problem with the Astronomy & Astrophysics major is that to land a really good job, I'd likely have to go to graduate school and obtain a PhD, which, for this major, means a lot of math and a lot of physics. I can see myself failing to do well when the math gets intense. To show you this struggle, here are three classes I took in high school and the grades I ended up with: > Advanced Astronomy (class was about planets, solar system, galaxies, black holes, universe, etc...a lot of memorizing and understanding facts and ideas. Little math.) Final grade: 99%. > AP Physics (didn't concern space much at all. Focused on general mechanical physics. Lots of calculations.) Final grade: 85%. > Calculus (lots of calculations. I hated it because it was just math and had nothing to do with astronomy.) Final grade: 80%. So, you can clearly see how I am really good at pure astronomy ideas, but not mathematical calculations. The thing with political science is this: I love elections and campaigns. But sometimes certain parts bore me...like law. I don't want to go to law school. I don't want to be a lawyer. And I'm not into business or finance either. It's boring to me. Never would I want to be a businessman. I like analyzing politics and campaigns, not necessarily becoming a politician myself. I would rather be like John King on CNN...analyzing elections and campaigns and working the "Magic Wall" to show live election results in states and counties. I love that stuff. This past Tuesday, I followed the election results from dinner to bedtime. If I ever did run for office, I would want to be a non-traditional candidate. Not a lawyer or businessman. And if I won a big position, I would make sure delegate more money to NASA and space research, because there is part of me that will always love space and astronomy. So I am at a crossroad about what to do. I love Astronomy and space, but the path to obtain a good-paying job that way is quite difficult, and I'm afraid I'll fail to succeed at the math. I like Politics and political science, but strictly politics and nothing more...not law, not business, not finance. I just like analyzing and following campaigns and elections. And if I spent my entire life doing politics, I would be mad that I didn't contribute to the world of science, because I love science too. Ideally, if I could choose exactly what I wanted to do in my life, I would want to be a scientist who was also involved in politics. I would want to be an astronomer who also shared his opinion on political topics in a public arena. I like controversial topics. I consider myself a nice and kind person, but I am very passionate about hotly debated topics like science vs. religion and liberalism vs. conservatism. I debate these issues quite often with people I know and on social media sites. I can handle the stress. Part of me even enjoys it. I want to be part of a controversial topic. I admire people like Richard Dawkins who debate issues like evolution, religion, and politics publicly (on TV). So I really need some help and advice. I could major in Planetary Science, which is less math and more concept-oriented, but what kind of job could I get with that? How about a double major of Astrophysics and Political Science? How difficult would that be and what could I do after that? What about a major in one subject and a minor in the other? I would love to work for NASA or some type of space company like the SETI Institute. Or direct a planetarium. But I'm afraid that when I get to the intense math in graduate school that I won't be able to do it. And if I do political science my entire life, I would feel as thought I failed to contribute to science, which I love. What should I major in? I want to thank you for reading and helping beforehand. I really appreciate it and really need some guidance.