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What should I do?

  1. Apr 21, 2005 #1
    I'm 16 and in highschool, and am working on planning, well, my life. I'm still not sure what profession I'd like to work in, but one of my options is physicist, astrophysicist, or possibly an astronomer. I'm really interested in physics, and I always have been since we first learned about it. Recently, I've been reading about a lot about relativity, and the possibilities of time-travel. I'd like to study it further.

    Anyway, here is my question to you. While I'm good with physics, I didn't do so well with Biology and Chemistry (remember, highschool level classes) and I didn't do too well in Geometry either. The thing is, I KNOW that I can do well in geometry, I was just in a poor position in life, and made some extremely bad decisions, and nearly failed geometry. How important is geometry if I wanted to seek a career in physics?

    And there's no way that I will be able to pay for a nice college, so I've been playing violin for 6 years (still 2 left, I'm in 10th grade) and am hoping that the violin, and 4 years of French, and semi-good grades (As,Bs, and Cs) might get me into a college. What should I do, and what are my chances at doing it? Any help is great. Thanks.
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  3. Apr 22, 2005 #2


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    You're in a good state to choose from a lot of in-state colleges and universities if you can't afford much in tuition. I'd suggest you include both Ohio State and University of Cincinnati among those. If you get into both, even though I'm supposed to say otherwise, choose Ohio State. If you end up struggling with physics there, you'll have more opportunities for other alternative majors there. Of course, at UC, there's a great performance arts program, so the violin might be what gets you in. You also have the University of Dayton and Miami University in Oxford that would both be near to home for you, so you could potentially commute to school if you need to keep expenses down and can't get some sort of scholarship for your music. I don't know if either offers a decent physics program.

    Of course your best bet is to do everything you can to get your grades as high as possible in the two years you have left of high school. Make those C's look like ancient history and you'll have a better chance at more schools.
  4. Apr 23, 2005 #3
    As far as money to pay goes, the cheapest path through college is spending a couple years living at home and going to the local community college first. You can get most of your general education classes out of the way at least. I'm an older student, and I never was a fan of the idea of taking out tens of thousands of dollars in student loans. I've paid my own way through school as I've gone without building up any debt. As long as you go to a state school, the costs usually are fairly manageable.

    Geometry is kind of important, although not if you're talking about a geometry class where you did construction of equilateral triangles and the like. How are you on trig? That's much more important.
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