Hello to all! First off, I would like to say that I have been reading through many of the forums and I quite enjoy reading everyone's posts and comments. I look forward to becoming a more active member on here! However, I would like to add my own question for academic guidance here as well. Bare with me, as I think I might need a bit of extra explanation to accurately describe what I have in my head at the moment. I absolutely, and unequivocally love science. Always have, ever since I was very young. Astronomy to be exact. Anything involving space, cosmology and the planets has always fascinated me. *As a child though, I went to a very conservative Catholic school, and female students were not encouraged to become active in science courses, and actually many courses were altered because of religious beliefs, yada yada. Thankfully, I would read at home and VERY early on grasped that there was something missing from the curriculum. ( I once made the mistake of asking about evolution in class--Boy howdy did I get a lecture that day, HAHA.) * Anyways, even from my earliest ages most of my science and math education was quite wobbly. I eventually got my mom to put me in public school, and while I enjoyed most of my classes much more, I still lagged to a great degree behind my fellow classmates in my math classes. Even through high school, I never ever did well. I actually dropped out of high school, but it was not due to my coursework, but the fact that I had missed so much school, and was in trouble with the school itself. I was ( and still am) working to take care of my mom, because she does not have a job. Working full time though really de-railed school... Coming to present day, I was tired of myself accepting that I would never be able to afford to go to college, or be smart enough for college. I threw myself into my studies at my local community college, and have been making straight A's, including my geology and astronomy courses that I have taken, and have not failed a class yet. But here is where my dilemma comes in. I do not know what I should do degree wise. My end goal ( dream wise) is to do planetary research for NASA, ideally at JPL. What I was thinking would be smart career wise is to do a double degree in Geology and Physics, and then to do a masters/Ph.D in Astronomy and/or Physics. I still have not taken any math classes yet, as I still need to retake my accuplacer in math. I am really scared to do it now though, as I have not had any classroom experience in arithmetic for close to eight years, and even when I did have classroom experience, I didn't do well. So while I do not struggle with scientific concepts, I do struggle MIGHTILY with math, even though I do actually enjoy the subject. Because of this, is it even smart for me to consider a degree(s) in fields that are so heavily involved in math? I keep telling myself that maybe I will be better at math since I am older now, but I am not so sure since I was consistently bad at math from grade school to high school. Any comments or ideas would be greatly appreciated!