The Astrophysicist Career Hi! Let me present myself as a new member of this great forum. I'm a second year undergraduate Physics Student in the Complutense University in Madrid. Obviously, as to many others, I had some difficulties to pass all my exams successfully. Although I love (deep in my heart) what I'm studying, I'm not quite a brilliant student, in fact, my average grade is almost 7 out of 10. Without diving into more details, I would greatly appreciate if someone around here could light me the way and explain me all I need to know to be a successful Phd Astrophysicist. I know that I need some Java and programming skills among others... I'm completely lost, and I don't know quite well where should I travel abroad (as Spain doesn't invest much in Astronomical Research), what summer courses should I take, what books do you recommend me, all in all, I need some guidance... Keep in mind that I'm going to start now the second year and that physics here lasts 4 years + 2 years of Master specialization. It's a question that needs some time to answer but I would greatly appreciate your patience, and a useful answer. Thanks in advance!