I'm looking for some academic guidance since I have to apply for a university in 5 months time. I have considered being an astrophysicist, as this field was my first great love. I was an avid stargazer years back, but then I stopped observing and thinking about astronomy for some time. I thought I was going to be a writer, then a philosopher, then a biologist and then finally a geologist. I have realized now that working trying to understand the universe probably would bring me the greatest amount of satisfaction. (I stumbled across Neil deGrasse Tyson on Youtube some time ago and he refueled my once so extreme passion for the cosmos - so thanks, Neil.) I have read threads from this and other forums where people ask about working as astrophysicists, and they often get told that all you do is numerical analysis, data crunching, programming and lots of lots of computer work. That doesn't really sound like it's worth getting a degree in, but what do you think? I live in Sweden and will be going into university at a late age (21), and I don't want to make a mistake and apply for the wrong course... Will I be able to do research? Can I expect to contribute anything signficant to science, perhaps help manage a Mars rover? Win a nobel prize? Or will I end up as a statistician a bank? (My nightmare). Tell me if you need more information about me. Thanks for any answers I get.