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Offline solisspirit

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New to Physics Major
« on: 24/12/2013 13:55:19 »
I'm 34. I was majoring in education when I decided, after some thought, that I would like physics much better. I hesitated for many years to make this decision because I was afraid of not being able to do it. Then I realized I was copping out because anyone can do complex math given the effort. Now, I'm not bad at math by any means, but I always underplayed myself because I didn't think I was "good enough", or would be, rather. I chose physics because not only did my immediate family work for Boeing, and NASA, and even helped on the second phase of the Saturn rocket that did the man on the moon, but I was also exposed at a very early age to space related science and images that stuck with me all my life.

Right now, all I want to do is take things one step at a time and get my bachelor's degree. Once I get a job, either as a high school teacher or the private sector (and once I find out if I can get my job to pay for my graduate degree), I will pursue my PhD so that I can study particle physics, most likely.

I was hoping I could get some feedback from you guys and if you have any pointers, I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks.


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Re: New to Physics Major
« Reply #1 on: 24/12/2013 18:56:04 »
It sounds like you are still early in your studies.  I wish you the best of luck with your future goals.

Many graduate study programs will also include some support such as working as teaching assistants, or research grants.   

Are there also private jobs that provide support for graduate study?  It would seem that when you enter a Ph.D program, you likely won't have a lot of time for also doing outside work.