Hi, Let me start off by saying I am new to the forums I just discovered them last night and just made an account. I find these forums to be an execellent source of information and guidance to anyone looking to gain knowledge on physics. I'm 17 years old, going to be a senior in high school this year, and living in a small town in Florida. I have an undying passion for physics and aerospace/deep space science. The research being done on black holes, anti-matter, dark matter, dark energy, quantum topics , string theory , gravitational waves, subatomic particles, and basically any topic of physics relating to our universe ( or other universes?) can keep me busy browsing web pages for hours.I've read books on string theory , anti matter, and dark matter, doing my best to understand them with only knowledge of elementary physics. I don't know where to start? I want to join the air force / navy to be able to marry early but I'm unsure of what type of career to pick regarding physics. I don't know what I would need to do to start a degree in theoretical physics. I've done some research online only to find myself more confused by the numerous types of degree programs to go. There are so many schools with so many type of degree options, I feel like its to easy to chose a wrong one. I want to end up being able to do research on 'cutting edge' physics, make a contribution to the physics community ,and maybe publish my own theories. I understand it would require a lot of schooling and I was just hoping to get a opinion of what you think is the best way for a 'fresh out of high school student' to undergo a career in the physics/theoretical physics area? If anyone with experience of graduate/undergraduate degrees in the physics area and have any advice on what to do it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.