Hello to anyone reading this! I have a big question that quite possibly may change my life, and I don't know where to go to have it answered, so I figured somewhere like an awesome scientific community like Physics Forums would get me some answers. Well, I'm getting to the point where I need to start looking into and applying for colleges. Now originally my plan was this: go to a community college for 2 years to do nothing but core & required classes, then transfer to Texas A&M for a bachelor's in mechanical engineering. Afterwards I'd move to Northern LA to attend California Technical Institute for several years for a doctorate's in observational astrophysics. Then I'd go back to Texas and work at SpaceX in their propulsion engineering division. Here's the thing though- while that may sound like a great plan, I'm not sure that's entirely what I want. I've had this dream for a few years now ever since I really got into the interest of the cosmos itself, and that being humanity achieving light-speed travel. I know I know.. 'it's impossible', 'it's been disproved', etc. etc. I know what I want to achieve in life is possibly design, if not help to design, the first engine capable of accelerating in space to light-speed, or faster-than-light-speed. I've designed all sorts of hypothetical little star-ships for fun just dreaming of what we could do when our hands can finally reach out to the stars... Now getting to the point here: What do I do to achieve that? Where do I go for college? What degrees to I get? Where can I work that would help me design that 'impossible engine'? I know it's a virtually insane thing to do, but all throughout history there's been things thought of as fact that have revolutionized science. The discovery of the New World, black holes, relativity, the gravitational wave discovered recently, and so on. Countless times in history people have been ridiculed for reaching out to what seemed to be impossible, then to society's amazement once again the impossible was deemed possible. I want to be one of those men that stare this huge restraint of light-speed travel in the eyes, and say "I can", and make it happen. I need some guidance here on where I should start, what I should learn, and where I can go to make this happen, even if I spend my entire life's work on this and die trying it. I will stop at nothing to do everything I can to make this engine for humanity. One quote that motivates me for this especially is "a million starts with one", and I want to be that first, even though I know the concept has been worked on for decades. I want to uplift our reaches to that of which 'no man has gone before'. I may be crazy, but I have determination. So in conclusion, thank you for your time if you've read this. And I'd greatly appreciate any suggestions or answers to any of my questions, comments, feedback, anything! I look forward to exploring more on Physics Forums, and possibly hearing back from some of you!