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I want to become a Theoretical physicist, how can i become one? (Thank you for your time and kind consideration.

I am in grade 9, and in grade 8, i conducted the Dual-Slit experiment on Quantum Mechanics, which went pretty well, and for my grade 9 Personal Project, i am probably going to write a book, basically stressing on Anti matter and Anti universes... Well, i have an extremely developed aptitude for physics, and i can grasp almost any theory just by watching a small video on it, but i struggle to understand the maths, so i can actually say that i am not really 'understanding physics' i am just analyzing its implications on a much lower level... I understand that it is quite hard to become a renounced physicist, due to the density and complexity of the subject, but i believe that i can achieve it through persistence and determination... Overall, i want to say that i want to become a physicist, probably Astrophysicist or Quantum Physicist... I have a problem, 'How?!'
I am Indian, but i have been living in Indonesia for almost an year, what i realized is that IGCSE and IB DP is much more comprehensive and encouraging when i compared them to CBSE and ICSE, but that is not my point, it looks like i am going back to India as soon as i do 10th, which can prove fatal for my ambitions, so, i just wanted your guidance, i come from a middle class family, and i certainly cannot afford the cost of education at Stanford or MIT, even though i am fully capable of getting in... So, can someone enlighten me with his knowledge about admission in MIT or other such prestigious universities? I also had another request, if possible please do not hesitate to tell me if you can, that, "Will i be able to pursue a career in physics via indian education, which seems highly unlikely to me, but still, can i do IIT, and then studying specifically for Post Graduate with my own money?
If this is possible, and i do it, but then i suddenly realize that i do not posses the ability to understand and comprehend physics, and i complete my post graduate in pure physics, will i still get a job in engineering?


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  • Aug 26 2012: I am very impressed with your dedication to pursue your interest in physics. Although I am yet another high school student commenting on your question, you may find that great advice can come from peers your own age. As a senior, 12th Grade in the US system, and finishing up my International Baccalaureate diploma, I remember my own personal project: I explained parts of an airplane and how differences in air pressure make an airplane fly. Currently, I'm in crunch time looking into Colleges - Aerospace engineering for me. And many of the top schools that I have seen, in the US, also have theoretical physics as majors. For only in 9th grade, don't get worried on the cost of college; its surprising that most of the very expensive elite colleges have great scholarships and meet 100% of your demonstrated need. The California Institute of Technology does this (I just visited it and I love it!), and it means that if you get accepted there, and your family would only be able to pay X amount of money for your college, the university will take care of the rest. Understand that if your good enough to be in the top 98% of the world in physics, those colleges compete to be the best with the most geniuses - and the world needs you too.

    I see your problem with being unable to get the education like IB, but who said that the high school diploma is all the colleges look for. If you are forced out of that opportunity, than you should take it as a greater opportunity: more time for you to work on a project or online college classes to show the colleges that you are still equal to, or better, than those who did get the better education opportunities. Better still - it shows that you have that amazing self determination to overcome your own challenges to pursue your dream, and the fancy IB kids like me didn't get the chance to overcome anything.

    You are welcome to stay in contact with me via TED, and on facebook if you wish.
    • Aug 26 2012: Thank you for your answer, i am honestly very impressed by your articulate and precise answer. I have no doubt in my mind any more. I will try and find new ways to accomplish my goals. Thanks to you my friend :)
      I would love to add you as a friend on Facebook as i need people who can guide me :) Thank you.

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