I am doing the second half of my first year of university (I'm in the southern hemisphere). I"ve tried to keep my options open, taking the required papers for several fields of engineering, as well as physics, chemistry and maths... I am leaning very strongly towards Engineering for the obvious reason; money. But to be perfectly honest, if that wasn't an issue, I would go physics. Why? I love discovering new things about the world we live in. I like seeing the world in the language of maths. I like finding all those hidden connections, and logical conclusions I get from studying the physical sciences. If I go into Engineering, am I cutting myself of from all this? From what lecturers and tutorers have alluded to we don't learn much novel maths or physics concepts at all, just build on the theories we learn in first year. This saddens me a lot. I would like to be able to follow physics journals and the like, understand if not master the maths behind new theories and the like, not just be a glorified technician. Thoughts, comments etc would be appreciated.