Any life advice for a high school senior?

Posted by $ qhrjk 1 month, 2 weeks ago to Ask the Gulch
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I haven't been on this site in a while, but I was wondering what advice you all have for someone my age! I will (hopefully) be going to college next year as a physics major.

Thanks!

Edit: I appreciate all the amazing advice shared with me! I've been reading every single comment over and thought I might as well include some of the colleges I am applying to in case anyone has any information regarding them. Plus, it would be great if there are any alumni here. I'm applying to the University of Chicago (my dream school), the University of Michigan, the University of Illinois at UC, Case Western Reserve, Northwestern, GeorgiaTech, Rutgers, Rice, Johns Hopkins, and Wooster College.

Again, thank you all.


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  • Posted by $ Ben_C 1 month, 2 weeks ago
    When my dad was getting his second master’s degree at UCLA in nuclear physics in the mid 1950’s he met a classmate who was studying the gravitational fields of the moon. Job opportunities?? Then Sputnik was launched and Kennedy declared “we are going to the Moon and will beat the Russians.” The only guy who knew about the gravitational fields of the Moon got a signed blank check from NASA. My dad’s advice to me: “find a field that no one knows anything about and wait for the world to beat a path to your door.” I took his advice and I am insanely busy. It took a few years but it happened to me.
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  • Posted by $ gharkness 1 month, 2 weeks ago
    qhrjk - I've wondered about you!

    Re: your question: my grandson just started his first semester as a physics major, and so far he reports it's "easier than he thought it would be." I'm not sure whether that's good or bad, but he IS highly motivated and he is NOT a partier. I am optimistic, but also aware of the comments of others saying it might not be the most practical major.

    I am sure you'll read them carefully. If I were you, I'd also listen very carefully to jbrenner....to have a professor of his caliber would be a distinct advantage! I'm jealous!
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