For my entire life I've had this very strong interest for all things space. When I was younger I wanted to become an astronomer but found out several months back that there literally aren't any jobs for an astronomer. This is understandable, it's something I could do in my back yard and make new discoveries. I put two and two together. At first I wanted to become a mechanical engineer and design cars. I've always been good at math, finished with Pre-Calc in high school, but never really applied myself to get the A. If I would have tried I could have easily done it. Then I found out about Aerospace Engineering and it seems perfect for me. Anything that gets me closer to the space scene is an all go for me. I'm ready to go full force with my studies when school starts on monday. I'll be attending a community college then transferring to a respected school. I was looking at Cal tech, UCLA, Stanford, U of Mich and GIT. I really wanted to go to Cal Tech, heck my grandfather went there. I took a tour of the campus with a good friend of mine last week and I like how the school is small, has a JPL on site, and has a good student to falculty ratio. However the school would be so boring to attend. Students seem like robots, no frats or sororities, no football team, all of their sports are terrible etc. Also, none of the courses I complete in community college are transferable to Cal Tech, I'd have to start completely over with nothing. That's a major turn off. At my community college the counselors are no help. I can't find an engineering counselor to save my life. Hopefully one of my math professors can give me advice. Here are my questions. 1. I'm aware that pre-engineering can take up to 3 years before I can transfer. Is there any way I can complete all of my courses and be ready to transfer in two years? I really don't want to be at a community college for 3 years. 2. I have a friend who is majoring in Aerospace as well and hes attending the same CC as I am. However he's going to do the astrophysics transfer requirements program because apparently it covers the same stuff as engineering but he'll be ready to transfer in two years. Does that sound right? 3. What do you guys think about my Cal Tech situation? I definitely wouldn't have fun going there, but I'd almost be guaranteed a well paying job as soon as I graduate. What are some other good Aerospace schools? I heard the UC's, like UCLA weren't that respected for Aerospace. 4. I'm very open to academic advice. Should I get my bachelors and masters in Aerospace? Would a BS in Aerospace and a Masters in Astrophysics be anything special? How about Aerospace and an MBA? My biggest goals in life are to create my own Aerospace firm (this will obviously happen after I've worked in the field for many years and established the necessary connections) and to become an Astronaut. If I don't become an Astronaut I will feel like a failure. I'm really using Aerospace to learn how about space and become respected, then try my best to become an Astronaut. If you have any advice for me feel free to post it, I'm still young and confused on some things.