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  1. Aug 15, 2012 #1
    Hello. I am a senior in high school who is looking for some guidance deciding on what would best suit my interests. Currently, I do research in quantitative biology and biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt University. I have worked on robotics competitions and I am the president of a robotics club at my school.

    I would like to work with a national lab, NASA, or something along those lines in the future.

    I definitely enjoy doing physics and I feel that it is very interesting and cool. I took AP Physics B, but only made a 4 on the exam. I am not necessarily the best a physics, but I do think it is one subject that I would be willing to work on to no end in order to become more competent. Currently, I am taking AP Physics C, AP Calculus AB, and AP Computer Science. I have also taken AP Environmental Science (5) and AP English Language (5).

    But is it wise to become a physics major? What if I don't want to get a Phd? If not, can I get a job. I am looking to have a steady income.

    I am also interested in engineering, but I have yet to find and engineering discipline that really strikes me. I am hoping that some members on this forum could help me decide what fields of engineering could be good for me based on the following:
    Would hope to work in a lab setting in government, university, or even industry.
    Would like to have a degree that has a wide scope.
    Not very hands-on oriented.
    Would provide some good pay and financial stability while also being intellectually stimulating.

    In summary, I think that physics would be incredibly interesting, but I also believe that engineering could be the same (given that I figure out what field is best for me). I am looking for guidance and opinions on what I should major in, the level of degree I should attain, and other career/academic guidance.

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