My first 2 years in college I was a little lost in what I wanted to do so I completed almost all of my generation ed classes. I finally realized I love physics, I am interested in astrophysics although I know I have time and opportunities to change my mind . Happily I attend a school with a great physics program and am in the process of completing my "first year" of physics classes. Because most of my GEs are done I have extra time on my hands so I thought about minor (definitely don't have time in my personal life, I'm a parent, to double major). But I am not sure if this is a good idea. I definitely want to try to go to grad school, specifically Phd, but at least a masters. I seriously doubt a minor will help with that but extra classes might help me (knowledge, experience, connections etc). Am I wrong? Should I focus on just physics and trying to get involved in research? Is TAing worthwhile? If I minor I am considering mathematics. My other interest is a Materials Engineering. Any thoughts are appreciated.