Hi everyone! I'll just dive right into by saying I was an absolutely terrible student in high school. Despite being fairly intelligent, my high school life consisted almost entirely of sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll. I also dropped out at seventeen and joined the army. To make a long story short, I served my term, fathered a daughter, and started a business with my brother and father. I'm now a different man with a sense of responsibility and everything. At the age of twenty seven, I found myself financially secure but very bored, so I decided to put my G.I. Bill to use and enrolled in the local community college. I'm now just starting my second year and have decided I'd like to study physics. My problems are that my whole first year of C.C. was pretty much all general studies—when I enrolled my only goal was to get a four year degree and have an education, not to pursue any particular career. I learn quickly and I'm pretty confident that I can learn the material I need, but I sort of feel I'm starting from scratch here. For instance, I'm just now taking my first serious Math course (College Math I, basically algebra with some trig). I'm also taking an introductory computer science course, university chemistry I, a creative writing course, and a keyboarding course. So I know I've got a long way to go. After some looking around these forums, I gather that I'm going to need a lot of calculus along with the physics courses I take, and I've also read that it's very useful for anyone doing research in physics to know some programming as well, so I figured I'd throw some of those courses in as well. Ideally, I'd like to transfer after this year to my local university (SUNY at Buffalo), and graduate three years from now with a B.S. in physics. Do you think I'm being realistic?