ZapperZ, I have been reading some of your posts. ex. So You Want To Be a Physicist. I have found that thread and certainly your comments very inspirational. I am directly talking to you because you are the only Physicist that I "know" in PF and because of your thread. I would like to thank you for the time that you gave/give in PF as well as the other mentors. Well... I am a senior in high school and I am trying to figure out what to study in college. Sorry for taking up your time and hopefully you and other Physicist can answer some of my questions. Thank you. So far in my life I have not felt like I have succeeded, at least in my perspective, in the things that I like, or that I at least think that I like. I like Mathematics and Physics. However, I have only studied Physics for one year, my senior year. During my junior year I used to say to myself, "I wish that I only had to come to school for Chemistry and Math." Well, this year I feel like in order for me to be a well rounded, educated, and perhaps interesting individual, I must not only focus on the subjects that I find interesting, but also on those other subjects that I am required to take in school. I certainly enjoy all of my classes now. I appologize for taking your valuable time. To the point. In my junior year of high school, I took CP Chemistry (regular chemistry, it was not advance, honors nor ap) and I liked it. However, now in my senior year I took Physics. I get sad when I think about it, but the truth is that I have pretty much forgotten everything that I was taught in Chemistry. I like Physics, or at least so far I think that I like it, because through it, I get a better understanding of some of the devices that surround me, as well as the physical world. However, I fear that perhaps I will forget the things that I have learned in Physics class. I will study Physics over the summer on my own in order to not forget what I learned. I am taking Pre-Cal right now. I enjoy it. In my school I must take pre-cal before having the chance of taking Calculus. However, I am a senior so I will not be able to tak Calculus in high school. In my Pre-cal class the students are mostly seniors with the exception of two or thre. When I moved to the U.S. the administrators signed me up for a math that was at the level of the regular class. I moved 5yrs ago from Colombia. I try to not memorize what I've been taught in physics. I usually try to understand why things happen. However, there are still many things that I have to memorize, because I have not been able to understand some formulas. Those formulas that I do not "understand" are usually those that I forget. I will highlight this paragraph in case that you feel like I am not worth of your time and think that I am a bad student. I like studying. I like learning. To my standards I do not think I am that good of a student, I try hard however. I do not care about the grades in school. I care about having a good understanding of everything that I learn. I certainly must have good grades in order to succeed in life. So I try to get good grades When you come to PF and you see the Physics questions that some post, as a Physicist, do you know how to solve all the those problems? Do you not forget formulas, concepts, etc.? Why did you choose Physics? When did you first noticed that you like Physics? Would you say that you were one of the smartest kids of your graduating class in High school? What tips do you have for someone like me? I feel like it is too early for me to say that I truly like Physics and Math because I have not covered enough material. Should I try to pursue a career that deals with Physics and Math? Well, eventhough I know that I am the only one that can answer that, I will still like to know your opinion at least if you were me. Other questions.... How do you feel about being a Physicist? Is it what you wanted it to be? How do you feel about the discoveries that you have made throught out your Physics experience? Would you go back and do all the hard work[Physics] again? What are some of the problems that you face as a Physicist everyday? I think of life as study, study, study. Am I the only one that feels this way? Sometimes I feel that I must isolate myself from everyone in order to stay on focus. I have not yet met anyone, personally, that I can share my interests with. Sometimes I wonder what the people in some of my classes are going to do with their lifes because they are always complaining about the work that they give us in school. I feel that their negative comments do not have a good impact on me. I do not want to fail in life. It is unacceptable yet I am scared. Everyone around me takes things very easily. They are very laid back and do not seem to care much. I do not like to be aroudn that. Am I the only one that feels this way? I would like to thank you for reading this if you have. And again I appologize for taking up your time. This is the only time where I can say what I truly feel. When I talk to the few acquaintances of mine about my feelings towards Math and Physics, I usually receive bad looks. I do not care. But it means that I cannot talk to them about it. PF seems to be like a place where some people and I have the same interests. I also appologize for my English. I know that after reading this you may think that I have contradicted myself a lot throught this post. It just that this is the only way that I know to communicate myself w/ people. And my English not being the best may give some impressions that I do not mean. Thank you very much.