My junior year of high school I came to the conclusion that I wanted to study physics and become an astronomer. Unfortunately, I was far behind in math and physics which led me to believe that I simply wasn't "meant" to understand math. I've since completeled 3 quarters of community college studying to be an electrican. It's much too easy and the only reason I ever started doing it was so j could make a decent living. Over and over again I say the line, "I wish I would have done astronomy instead."
Well, recently I said enough is enough. I've only been in college for a year and I'm only 18, there's no reason to give up this early and be stuck with regrets. The math is no longer an issue, I know I have to take the time to learn it and eventually I'll understand. Soon I will begin the process of switching my majors over.
However, a lot of things worry me, the main being how to avoid going into thousands and thousands of dollars worth of debt. My current plan is to take as many gen-eds at my CC as I can, which is cheap, switch to our local university to study physics (they don't offer a degree related to astronomy, only physics), which is still relatively cheap, then transfer to the larger university to finish my degree with astronomy emphasis and have a load of credits built up. One of the other reasons I'm not immediately transferring to the large university is because it's an hour away and I have 2 birds to care for.
My other worry is managing work with school. I really don't want to lose all income because of classes, but it seems like a sacrifice I may have to make.
I would really appreciate any advice on avoiding as much debt as possible, things to watch out for or expect, ways to make my life easier, etc.
Thank you, all.
Edited by Lyuda, 15 March 2019 - 09:41 AM.