Why am I interested in physics?

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In summary, the speaker is a college freshman seeking advice on how to express their genuine interest in physics to a professor during a research position interview. They struggle with finding the right words to describe their passion and fear coming off as socially incompetent or disingenuous. The speaker is open to any advice on how to handle the situation.
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Hi all,

So I have a seemingly trivial problem. I'm a freshman in college right now and I'm going to be talking to a professor about a possible research position. I'm honestly extremely interested in the research he's doing and I love physics and am completely devoted to it.
The problem is that I have no idea how to put in words why I'm interested in physics. I just am. I feel like so many people say that it's "beautiful" or "cool," but if I describe physics that way, I feel like I'm trivializing physics to a game that I don't take seriously. I'm probably going to be asked why I'm interested in his research in particular, in addition to several other things. I'm generally pretty anxious about social interactions, and I feel so uncomfortable with the possibility that I won't know what to say and that I'll end up seeming not only socially incompetent but also not genuinely interested in his work.

I'm not sure exactly what I'm asking for other than advice about what I might say or perhaps simply how to stop taking what I say so seriously. Help? :/
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A lot of people are like this, believe it or not. It's perfectly fine to say you enjoy learning about something because it's "cool". If it's cool, it's cool. I mean, really, why does ANYONE study physics other than because it's cool?

1. Why is physics important?

Physics is important because it helps us understand the natural world and how things work. It is the foundation for many other sciences and has led to countless technological advancements that improve our daily lives.

2. What makes physics interesting?

Physics is interesting because it deals with fundamental concepts that govern the universe, such as energy, motion, and forces. It also helps us understand the behavior of matter and the laws that govern it.

3. How is physics relevant to everyday life?

Physics is relevant to everyday life in many ways. For example, the laws of physics are used in the design of buildings, bridges, and other structures. It also plays a crucial role in modern technology, from electronics to transportation. Additionally, physics helps us understand natural phenomena, such as weather patterns and the motion of objects.

4. What skills can I gain from studying physics?

Studying physics can help develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills. It also requires strong mathematical abilities and the ability to think abstractly. These skills are valuable in many fields and can lead to a wide range of career opportunities.

5. How can I become more interested in physics?

To become more interested in physics, it's helpful to engage in hands-on experiments, read about new discoveries and advancements in the field, and connect with others who share your interest. Additionally, finding a specific area of physics that fascinates you can make it more engaging and enjoyable to learn about.

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