Please, could someone give me advice? I'm a senior in high school and I want to study space and be involved in the creation of space technology but I'm extremely worried that I won't have the math skills to succeed, so do I have any other options where I could still have a career involved with space but won't have to be a genius in mathematics? I have never been a fan of math, but I want to achieve my dreams and do what I am most interested in!
I have a deep interest in exploring and discovering space and would love to either be studying far off planets or even our own sun, help build new space technology, or even be apart of an astronaut crew. The first time I saw the Milky Way in the sky, I cried, and I knew I wanted to learn and discover more. I just need to know if I should major in something else before it's too late.
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I'm no math wiz either, I barely passed math with a D in high school. I have a career in defense and space anyways. You don't have to be a genius in math. Once you go to college research your math teachers, a good one will make math easy. I was scared of math and then I had an awesome instructor in college. I even passed Trig with his help. Half of the battle is just knowing how and where to look for answers you need. Don't let math intimidate you. There are a ton of job opportunities in defense and space. Check out Embry Riddle's website at www.erau.edu. for college, check out www.indeed.com and type in defense and space for jobs. It will give you an idea of what is out there.
I'm a lot like you! I am a big science fiction nerd and NASA lover. I have always loved anything to do with space and rockets, and always imagined I wanted to be a rocket scientist or astrophysicist. I'm no math genius either, but somehow I still ended up becoming a math tutor and electrical engineer. It's all about doing what you have to do, and getting through whatever you have to get through in order to achieve your goals. Fields you can work in related to space are - aerospace, mechanical, chemical, or electrical engineering, aeronautics, astrophysics, physics, chemistry, etc.
The first class required in college for most engineering majors is Calculus I, which means that they expect you to already know Trigonometry, Geometry, and Algebra before you even get to college. If you don't score high enough in the math section of the SATs or ACTs, they will usually make you take some kind of math placement exam to see what level you're at. Save yourself the trouble and $$$ of taking remedial classes that won't count towards your degree by taking AS MUCH MATH AS YOU CAN IN HIGH SCHOOL. It's free in high school (if you attend a public one), and you can even take AP classes in Calculus and get college credit if you pass the AP test.
I've never been so great at school - in other words, I'm much better with understanding practical, hands-on stuff than theoretical stuff, but I am very determined. Even though I scored well on the SAT math, I only made Cs on my AP calculus classes, got to college and couldn't pass Calculus I. I had to take it THREE TIMES before I finally got a B. Imagine what I was thinking - "Wow, if the first math class is this hard for me, how will I ever get through engineering school? I should just give up now and change my major." Well I didn't give up, and I did better in my other math classes. I had to retake a few other engineering classes while I was in school, but I still graduated. I work as an engineer now, and I really enjoy it. I'm just glad I didn't quit.
So anyway, to make a long story short - don't let anything stand in the way of achieving your dreams.