Hi guys, So in my current situation it is pretty rare to come across people who are mathsy/physicsy, which is why I'm venting here for the advice of some like-minded people. I took a gap year pre-university to work, travel and generally get my head straight but am starting to worry about the effect it will have on my maths/physics ability. I got A*A*A at A-level (Maths, FMaths, Physics) however I'm increasingly wondering whether I was actually good at physics or just good at passing exams; I know how different university is to sixth form. I have always found the easy problems a breeze once I understood everything but always struggled with the more abstract ones (like derivations, proofs etc) which I know will be the majority of the course at uni. I always enormously enjoy these but am basically helpless once I get stuck (my college friend now at uni told me he got asked to integrate e-x2 (gaussian?)... I would never in a million years be able to figure out a method as brilliant as that!) I should say I have been offered a place at Imperial College London but I don't think I'll be able to handle a course that intense anymore - I'm trying to do a couple of STEP (cambridge maths entrance exam) and simple undergrad level problems but never manage to lock down a logical route through the question like I used to be able to, and haven't gotten through even a single question to date. Will a year break irreversibly change my brain or something? I feel like all my curiosity and perseverance is still there but I get frustrated/stuck a lot sooner than I used to on these problems. Probably more importantly, will a year gap hinder my job prospects after graduation? Career-wise I am thinking of either joining an R&D/engineering department (somewhere like the innovation company would be heaven), doing complex systems analysis/city planning or perhaps becoming a patent attorney. Basically a job in which I'll be creating and manipulating equations rather than just subbing numbers into them. Thanks!