Hello Guys, it's my first post on this forum, so let's get straight to the point: Why do I create this thread - I need Your help. I don't have any relatives that could give me a valuable advice. - I haven't found answer to my dilema on the Forum. - I cannot figure out the answer even though I've spent quite a lot of time thinking about it. What's the problem? - I don't know what to study and I have to make finall decision till 1st October. - It seems to me, I have 2 options: Computer Science or Physics. Physics pros: - I've always been a more physics- than math-orientated. I've been winning Phs. competitions, and never math competitions (they didn't seem interasting). - I love Science and people that do Science. - I've always been eager to read a news about new physics discovery, but never bought a single magazine about computers - Interest in Physics is more natural to me - it always seemed interesting whereas I had to be first forced to learn coding and only then it started to look appealing. Physics cons: - I don't like experimental physics. - I'd very much like to work on something that has practical applications. So reading about String Theory is cool, but working on it - not so much. - Money. Yeah, I know it's not a good argument, but I'm a alpinist, I do windsurfing and all other kinds of crazy stuff. I just need few passions, and can't really pursue them without money - I'm not smart enough to make any great discovery. I can probably get to a good university and do a decent job, but nothing special, I guess. Computer Science pros: - I love coding. For me it feels like writing stories (which I love, too) - it's a creative job, it requiers you to think of a problem in a new ways and it can absorb my attention for long hours. - I'm very interasted in Machine Learning and Artificial Inteligence. I've done few MOOCs and it seems like a very interesting area of CS. - I have a strong need to do things, that have real applications (eg. programming self-flying helicopter seems much cooler than studying a top quark). - What's more, I feel that I would be happier doing something, that is useful to society. With CS I can create a cancer-predicting software and numerous other things. With physics? Not really, I guess. Computer Science cons: - I've never bought a single magazine about computers. - I'm not a computer geek who can argue for hours about why Unix is better than Windows. Honestly, I don't care about it. Computer is just a tool. And I chose Physics Forum to ask this question, not a CS forum :) - As I wrote earlier: physics competitions were always easier for me than mathematics competitions. Computer Science is very maths-heavy, isn't it? - So far Machine Learning, AI and simply coding are the only things that I find interasting in CS. Final Conclusion: - Maybe Computational Physics would be a good choice? But the problem is, I cannot really study it where I live (Eastern EU). I'll have a chance to leave University and go to UK at fourth or maybe third year. They will not let me study C.Phs. after 3 years of studying "normal" physics. - I don't know what I could do after Computational Physics. What kind of problems does it solve. Can it be used to create some usefull things? - I feel, that practical applications are more awesome than theoretical discoveries. But maybe it's just normal that I consider self-flying helicopter to be more awesome than studying top quarks only becouse I do not understand, what does it mean to study the top quark? - Where can I find examples of what I could do in the future, if I pursue (Computational) Physics? - Any other ideas, how can I make this choice? Thanks in advance.