Hey everyone! I'm Curt, and I'm a new member here, and I'm also new to the college life. I'll give you a brief summary of my situation.
I dropped out of high school when I was 16 for several various reasons, mainly that I felt like I had better things to do and felt like I wasn't getting much out of my high school experience. I got my GED when I was 18(which was a cakewalk), and I'm now 26 and finally going back to school. I'd planned on going to college shortly after getting my GED, but life got in the way and it kept getting put off.
I'm about finished with my first semester at my local community college, and I'm starting to look into schools to transfer to. Right now I'm in elementary algebra, and English 101(composition 1). It's been a while since I've had to use math, so I needed a refresher. Spring semester, I'm taking geometry and intermediate algebra, and I plan to take college algebra this coming summer. I'm also starting chemistry next semester, and going into English 103. Getting caught up in my math courses is priority one right now. I'm a good student though, averaging about 99% in algebra, and about the same in English 101. I'm planning on getting an associates in the sciences for physics at my community college, which is Sauk Valley Community College, in Dixon, IL. I've developed a rough course plan that will allow me to finish the full calculus sequence here, as well as take either differential equations or linear algebra my last semester here. I'll be here for about two more years after this year ends, so I've still got some time to get a plan laid.
I'd appreciate any advice on schools to transfer to. I'm planning on majoring in astrophysics and mathematics, with possible minors in philosophy or english. I've looked at several schools, and I'd love some advice on other schools to check out.
My top school at this point would have to be the University of Chicago. They have one of the best physics programs in the country, and I'd love to go there. As a high school drop out though, should I even be considering a school like that? They require ACT scores, which I don't have...but I'm planning on taking my ACT's once I get a little closer to having my associates.
I've also looked at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, which seems to have a very solid physics program as well.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated, including what kinds of courses I should look into taking, or other schools to look into.
Thanks in advance, and I look forward to spending some time on these forums in the following years.