I was one of those kids who just liked the outdoors and knows he will end up specializing in some sort of science even though he wants to do all of them. I have mild Asperger Syndrome that gave me mathematical savantism. It ended up being physics, specifically high energy physics, because Quantum Field Theory is one of the most profound works of art of the 20th century. I'm angling to be on the theoretical side, though currently I work more on the experimental side (mostly because you need a doctorate to really do theory). Though I like to fool around with the parts of the theory I understand. What I actually do is pore through data collected by the Compact Muon Solenoid (a component of the Large Hadron Collider), and check errors and deviations from the theoretically predicted cross sections spit out by the Standard Model. I'm am only advanced enough in my study to calculate the cross section (what the collisions should look like) of Free Quantum Fields and Weakly Coupled Quantum Fields (like Quantum Electrodynamics).
My education past HS was largely self learning, as I am often afraid of being around people. I took proficiency exams in mathematics from Rutgers University, New Brunswick for course credit in various mathematical subjects to put some credentials on paper. Dr. Pryor, Chair of the Physics Department here at Rutgers, went well out of his way to guide and nurture my interest in physics. When I was low on funds or just didn't have my shit together, Professor Somalwar, Professor Lath, and Professor Gershtein were happy to teach, grade, and mentor me even without being a registered student. Thanks to their efforts, I was able to condense the requirements of a physics undergraduate degree into a single semester (last Spring), and am now ready to begin Graduate Study this Fall.

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