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Am I clever enough to study astrophysics!!?

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2009/07/15 23:49:45 (permalink)

Am I clever enough to study astrophysics!!?

I love science in all of its forms, and I'm interested in outer space and the like.

I also need some focus in my life and some form of career.

So I'm thinking of studying physics to degree level and beyond if possible.

Have I got what it takes?

GCSE Maths was grade B, Science was CC and I've never studied either at any greater depth.  I tell a lie, I did some engineering maths in the Army but I don't recall it being any more difficult than GCSE.

I was a chronic under-achiever at school due to wanting to fool about with friends (apparently).  My dad thinks I'd do well at it if I focussed on it, and although he could be perceived as biased, he is in a good position to make judgement as he teaches science to high school students and physics is his specialist distinction.

I am planning on working a medial job (as soon as I find one!) and studying with the Open Uni in my own time.  I don't have a particularly active social life; I'm home most of the time, bar the gym, ice hockey and sporadic events.

This is last chance saloon for me, if I don't make the right decision with this then I'm destined to work in a supermarket for the rest of my life!

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    cu3ed
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    Re:Am I clever enough to study astrophysics!!? 2009/07/15 23:53:24 (permalink)
    *bites tongue*
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    Re:Am I clever enough to study astrophysics!!? 2009/07/16 00:00:47 (permalink)
    Go for it mate.

    Know one here knows you well enough to make a decision for you.

    If you honestly think you have the self-discipline then go do it.

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    Re:Am I clever enough to study astrophysics!!? 2009/07/16 00:09:15 (permalink)
    go to uni, great experience

    boom
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    Re:Am I clever enough to study astrophysics!!? 2009/07/16 00:12:16 (permalink)
    You sound like me, and same interests... Although i have no drive or optomism in my own abilities. so not a supermarket, but its prob the bank for the rest of my life


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    Re:Am I clever enough to study astrophysics!!? 2009/07/16 00:13:23 (permalink)
    go college.....

    lad on my course was 25yo with 2 kids and managed to get through

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    Re:Am I clever enough to study astrophysics!!? 2009/07/16 00:19:23 (permalink)
     
     
    You have to be careful about any decisions you make because you could be going through a phase of wanting to change but not really having the wherewital to follow through to the very end and still be enthusiastic and passionate about the subject at hand.
     
    I have a tendancy to throw myself at things, gain a good level of knowledge and understanding and suddenly the arse will fall out of it and I'll be looking to do something else entirely. Like teaching people to scubbadive or becoming a firefighter.
     
     
     
     
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    Re:Am I clever enough to study astrophysics!!? 2009/07/16 00:26:29 (permalink)
    NeckChain

     
     
    You have to be careful about any decisions you make because you could be going through a phase of wanting to change but not really having the wherewital to follow through to the very end and still be enthusiastic and passionate about the subject at hand.
     
    I have a tendancy to throw myself at things, gain a good level of knowledge and understanding and suddenly the arse will fall out of it and I'll be looking to do something else entirely. Like teaching people to scubbadive or becoming a firefighter.
     
     
     
     

    I'm 25 now and I'm the same, tried so many things, beginning with immense gusto and then falling over like an old lady on rollerskates.  It's now that I'm realising that I won't necessarily get lucky with a career and actually need a direction to take it down myself.

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    Re:Am I clever enough to study astrophysics!!? 2009/07/16 00:44:56 (permalink)
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    You have to be careful about any decisions you make because you could be going through a phase of wanting to change but not really having the wherewital to follow through to the very end and still be enthusiastic and passionate about the subject at hand.

    I have a tendancy to throw myself at things, gain a good level of knowledge and understanding and suddenly the arse will fall out of it and I'll be looking to do something else entirely. Like teaching people to scubbadive or becoming a firefighter.





    I'm 25 now and I'm the same, tried so many things, beginning with immense gusto and then falling over like an old lady on rollerskates.  It's now that I'm realising that I won't necessarily get lucky with a career and actually need a direction to take it down myself.

    That's the difficulty it seems, staying focused. My heart tells me that I really have no real passion about whatever I'm doing only when I'm half way or two thirds of the way to making something really good out of it. I don't know why I'm like that.
     
    I guess you could look at your lifestyle now in a totally objective way. What do you spend most of your time doing? Its obviously something you love if you do it all the time, in which case follow that star and make a career out of it... that's what I'm starting to think about my life now and I'm 23.
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    Re:Am I clever enough to study astrophysics!!? 2009/07/16 00:50:47 (permalink)
    Hate to be the bearer of negative news, but not in the short term no. If you can't easily get A's at GCSE and A level then you'll find it extremely hard.

    I also didn't try in school, didn't want to stand out, and I loved chasing girls, going surfing and riding my crosser. I revised for a total of 10 mins for my GCSE's then realised I was missing some surf, so off I went. Only difference being I got A's in the subjects you mentioned.

    I'd suggest you do maths and physics at A level and if you can get top grades then perhaps consider it.
    post edited by teapot - 2009/07/16 00:52:15
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    Re:Am I clever enough to study astrophysics!!? 2009/07/16 00:54:06 (permalink)
    I was studying a Maths/Physics joint honours. Brilliant course.
    Wish i could have finished it.
    I expect to go back to uni if/when my drinking is under control.

    I will say that you do need to be bright, as hard work can only take you so far.

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    Re:Am I clever enough to study astrophysics!!? 2009/07/16 00:58:23 (permalink)
    No need to do A-levels beforehand.

    Apply for BSc Phys (with foundation year).

    Show the admissions tutor that your keen by doing a lot of reading first.

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    Re:Am I clever enough to study astrophysics!!? 2009/07/16 01:11:00 (permalink)
    Is there nothing else your interested in?

    Physics based degrees have got to be one of the most difficult types. At the end of the day if you put the effort in it is possible for sure. BUT you could make life alot easier for yourself with a different subject
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    Re:Am I clever enough to study astrophysics!!? 2009/07/16 01:12:06 (permalink)
    teapot

    Hate to be the bearer of negative news, but not in the short term no. If you can't easily get A's at GCSE and A level then you'll find it extremely hard.

    I also didn't try in school, didn't want to stand out, and I loved chasing girls, going surfing and riding my crosser. I revised for a total of 10 mins for my GCSE's then realised I was missing some surf, so off I went. Only difference being I got A's in the subjects you mentioned.

    I'd suggest you do maths and physics at A level and if you can get top grades then perhaps consider it.



    WOW go you.

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    Re:Am I clever enough to study astrophysics!!? 2009/07/16 01:30:55 (permalink)
    A's at Alevel arent necessary, depending on what kind of course you want to do. Even a full time uni course at a less prestigious physics uni would only ask for A-C in maths and physics.
     
    If you think your GCSE grades were the result of ****ing about and you could do better, then why not start out by retaking your GCSE physics and maths, if you get A-B then you might be on the right track.
     
    Id fully recommend doing an A-level before you get into any uni level stuff. A level and 1st year undergrad are similar, but the standard takes off somewhat after that. Furthermore A level physcis was really enjoyable and had some good stuff in it.
     
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    Re:Am I clever enough to study astrophysics!!? 2009/07/16 08:25:14 (permalink)
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    teapot

    Hate to be the bearer of negative news, but not in the short term no. If you can't easily get A's at GCSE and A level then you'll find it extremely hard.

    I also didn't try in school, didn't want to stand out, and I loved chasing girls, going surfing and riding my crosser. I revised for a total of 10 mins for my GCSE's then realised I was missing some surf, so off I went. Only difference being I got A's in the subjects you mentioned.

    I'd suggest you do maths and physics at A level and if you can get top grades then perhaps consider it.



    WOW go you.



    Lol, that's what I was thinking. I take it you did physics, teapot?

    OP, I'd imagine you'll struggle badly with grades like that.
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    Re:Am I clever enough to study astrophysics!!? 2009/07/16 09:34:34 (permalink)
    I would go for it if you think thats what you want to do with your life. I believe that it isn’t about how 'clever' you are, it’s about how well you will apply yourself. The old 90% perspiration, 10% inspiration analogy I guess. Being that bit older will help you as your focus is more about getting on in life rather than arsing about. Dad being a teacher in a similar field won’t hurt either.
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    Re:Am I clever enough to study astrophysics!!? 2009/07/16 10:42:21 (permalink)
    Statistically speaking, Astrophysics is probably going to be too tough for you. It is too tough for most people. Only the high fliers in Maths and Science would be able to cope with it.
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    Re:Am I clever enough to study astrophysics!!? 2009/07/16 10:48:40 (permalink)
    Appreciate the honesty!

    Back to the drawing board.....!

    Will think about it and research it some more.

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    Re:Am I clever enough to study astrophysics!!? 2009/07/16 10:53:23 (permalink)
    Have a look at other science type things pal, if your interested. If you work hard I think you could achieve more than you think. I've mentioned before I'm writing up my PhD now and had very poor GCSE's and A levels. Only started working hard from my degree (biology) onwards. I only got a D in A level biology  

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