Why Study A-Level Physics?
I'm not sure what sold A-Level physics to me at the time, but here's my story about why it's been my best decision yet!
You know the black-hole-gantic fear people feel as soon as they hear the word 'Physics'? Physics and maths, at points, made little sense to me during high school. I was mediocre Joe, so I have absolutely no idea why I decided to take on a feat that sounded so frightening to me. Regardless, I'm here to tell you why it's been my best decision yet and why you should take that leap of faith, if there's even a small part of you that thinks you would enjoy it!
What was so great? We all know how physics is marketed to us: "it's all around us", "it explains the universe", etc etc the list continues. It does do all of those things, but for me I initially enjoyed a slightly different side of it. I've always wondered, if I happened to wake up one day about 1,000 years ago, what would I be able to contribute to society? Other than a vision of internet, phones & electricity, I'd have no idea how to actually build these or progress society any more quickly. It's a weird thing to think about, I know. But learning physics put me on a stepping stone towards understanding technology and a more scientific side to how we've developed our world's infrastructure over time. I loved understanding 'how things work' and it developed my interest in tech further and further. That level of intrigue these classes provided, is what got me through university also. My A-Level physics class was quite small, we looked at motion, forces & floating in such a logical way that it started to all make sense and I began to love the subject more fully. The numbers all scared me at times, but once I had understood the basic concepts, they started to slowly fit in place.
What happened after? Oh the big university decision, it was tough, I went between my love of tech, geography and how I still wanted to be a dancer (despite two left feet). I finally settled on Geophysics - physics of the Earth. It balanced my love of the Earth and interest in how it worked. Tech went to a bit of a sideline for some time. I tell you this, because an A-Level in physics doesn't just have a one track path, you don't just sit there in a laboratory blowing things up all day (though you can, if that's what you wish to do!). We learnt about volcanoes, earthquakes, global warming, the inside of the earth; we went on field trips to Italy, Germany and Spain. My fellow course friends went on to work for oil companies, to researching volcanoes and other worldly phenomenon & I ended up sharing my great interests with high-schoolers such as yourselves. I love what I've done, it was the satisfaction I found in how logical physics was that got me through the things that looked tough.
Don't be scared by what other people say! Become a volcano climber, create new tech, build everything you want. Take Physics!