Finding physics changed my life and I believe it will change yours too. In high school, physics class was the first time that I felt truly challenged. It showed me that I knew very little about everything.
My first year of physics was nothing more than a math class to me. I didn't understand the concepts at all. I was able to successfully maneuver my way through the class due to the strength of my problem solving skills, but I didn't understand what I was solving for. I didn't connect the meaning to the variables and calculations.
My second year of physics really put me in my place. Calculus was now an integral (no pun intended) part of the course and I was lost. I was faced with the decision to either run away from the class or attack it and challenge myself (even if it meant not getting an A). I'm so happy that I decided on the latter!
Slowly, physics opened my eyes to the world around me. The more I learned, the more I realized how little we know about this universe that we live in. It astounded me! The desire to solve problems and understand the physical world around me has led to a life full of diverse adventures.
At the beginning of each school year, I look into the eyes of rooms full of students who are apprehensive about their first physics class. It's my job to help them find physics in their lives. To introduce this amazing branch of science in an a way that is exciting and approachable to all. To start a life of curiosity, questioning, and problem solving.
The beauty of physics is that it plays a vital role in each moment of everyone's life. Regardless if you decide to devote your life to studying it or not, there is no escaping it. So, my advice is to embrace it! Take the first steps of your journey with confidence and an open mind. Be humble and realize that you are a student of physics and life. Do not focus on the grade, but the understanding. Slowly, you too will find physics. Then, it is up to you to determine how it will impact your life.