hello, I have recently finished my A-levels (Physics, Maths, Further Maths, Biology, AS Chemistry). For most people, this would mean going to uni next (academic) year. However, I have been suffering recently with very serious problems with depression. Amongst other things, I find it very difficult to socialise and be motivated. As a result, I've decided to take a gap year whilst I try to get things sorted out, rather than try and devote myself to a full-time intensive university course. I've told the universities I've accepted offers from (Manchester and Imperial College, both for the Physics with Theoretical Physics courses, and they have said they'd be happy to defer my place until 2010 entry. Now though, I'm having second thoughts on which course to do. I thoroughly enjoy the theoretical side of things, and detest experimental work (I think, but I do enjoy electronics, hardware, computers etc...). This is the primary reason I went and applied for the Physics with Theo. Physics courses. But I did find this course recently which I did not apply for last year: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/depta2z/physics/gf13 It appears to be the Physics course, but with all the labwork cut out and replaced by loads of extra Maths. Could this be a more suitable course for someone aspiring to be a theorist? I heard a quote once from, I think, Peter Higgs, that he once tried to work in a specific field, but found the maths too heavy going; adding that if he had more of a mathematical background he'd have been able to manage. So would doing all this extra maths (some of it not currently accepted as being totally relevant to physics) be worth cutting out the experimental side? Or would some labwork be a necessary component of experience with respect to becoming a successful theorist. I know I've ranted a lot here, but there is also the problem I have of what to do for my gap year. The only things I've been able to think of are to buy some maths/physics books designed for uni (Feynman physics lectures, Maths for Engineering and Physics by RHB), and to get a part time job. Is there anything I could do related to theoretical physics/maths that could be useful? Thank you in advance! Odai.