I’m currently a physics/math major. I work very hard and am proud of my 4.0 GPA. However, as my peers and professors begin to talk about grad school I realize I don’t have a clue what I'm supposed to do. My goal is to go to Penn State for an advanced degree in some type of engineering or physics. I have several questions if anyone can answer any of them at all that would be great. What do I do about getting accepted to grad school? I'm going to try to apply to REU's over the summer but are there other things I should be doing to improve my chance of getting accepted? If I get into grad school for physics I would really enjoy being a professor someday, but I hear so many negatives about the profession (long hours, under paid, stressful, etc.). What is it really like? At the university I go to they seem to love their jobs and what they do. Finally, What exactly does an engineer do? If I got an advanced degree in some field of engineering what do they do on a day to day basis? I hope someone will be able to at least answer some of my questions. I love physics and building things but when it finally comes time to seriously consider grad school I want to be sure I'm doing what I need to get me where I want to go. Thanks!