Hi! I know everyone pretty much comes on here asking the same things, but I'm getting pretty confused and upset and thought I'd post. Since my junior year of high school I've wanted to be a physics major. Unfortunately I'm not one of those genius kids who do nothing but problem sets and read the latest physics journals. I like watching programs on the science channel and am inching my way through the Elegant Universe, but that's about it. I'm a little worried that I might not be "cut out" for any of this (judging by the other thread with the kid who ordered TWO physics textbooks and is reading them for fun). However, I know that even though it's sometimes kind of hard, I like it. It's beautiful. I started out at the University of Chicago and had to come home for medical reasons. I'm not sure if I want to go back or not. I'm thinking of applying again as a freshman at Cornell, MIT, and Carnegie Mellon. I'm also considering SUNY Buffalo as I could conceivably go there for free. All I know is that I desperately want to get into a good PhD program someday. I'm worried this may not happen as I'm turning 20 this year and only have a semester under my belt. Also I'm worried that if I don't go somewhere like Cornell or UChicago or something, I won't get into a good PhD program. I'd really like to go to MIT. I'm sure this is like impossible, but I visited and loved it. Anyway, I'm wondering about the strength of the physics program at SUNY Buffalo, and whether it would be OK for undergrad. And any other advice would be fantastic. I'm very confused :( thank you so much!