physicsguy wrote:Vincent wrote:physicsguy wrote:bbkk wrote:Just out of curiosity, what kind of physics you study? I have a very good friend who is getting a Ph.D in Physics in Stanford. He studies the black hole and time machines. IT IS SO COOL.
I'd prefer not to go into that detail, since it would be possible to identify me from that. The number of people graduating with a Ph.D. in a particular year in a particular subfield of physics from a "top" university is not that high. Black holes are tres cool though.
However, to add to this wonderful discussion on math that I've incited , I'll say that I did Mathcounts, and I also did the AIME test but didn't qualify (or even come close) for USAMO. I never did Putnam, though I remember looking at some of the questions in college and feeling frightened. But I really enjoy applied math, and even abstract math to a point.
If you don't mind my asking, why law?
When I was 21, I felt sure that I wanted to do science for the rest of my life. I thought the dream was to get a Ph.D., become a professor at a renowned research institution, and live a life of academic purity. On a fellowship application, I wrote that my career goal was to stay in physics research, and I meant it. Now, I could stay in physics. I am pretty good at it, and I enjoy the work, too. And the freedom to set your own schedule cannot be beat.
But I've changed and grown a lot since I was 21. My interests and passions have evolved. Over the last couple years I have begun feeling the desire to be more directly involved in society and with societal issues than I can be as an academic scientist. I want to be engaged in issues that involve people. The physics research that I work on might be useful to people in the future, sure, but it doesn't hold quite the same excitement. My passions have simply turned elsewhere.
I am drawn to law and government as the arenas where I can potentially do the most good for the most people. The stakes are high there, and previously I never thought about them as within my "sphere of influence". Then I had a revelation where I realized that I can be involved. I can do more than just sit back and complain about the way things are. I have the opportunity, the ability, and the drive to make a difference, and I will use these to help people to the best of my ability.AmericanBeauty wrote:Are MIT, Harvard, Caltech, Stanford, Princeton, and Berkeley all not offering tenure track professorships for your particular field in physics?!
Oh sure, they're all pounding down my door.
Look out world, future mover and shaker incoming!!
Looks like you are made for Harvard or Yale.
I am glad you found your passion, that is exciting.