I am new to this forum and hope someone can lead me in the right direction...
My story: I've always loved physics and math, but chose an Economics degree as my undergrad degree which I earned in 2004. Since then I've worked a terrible job at Merrill Lynch and now at a Real Estate Development firm. Ever since my senior year I've regretted not going after what I loved. Mostly it had to do with the pressure from my parents to get a degree in what was "practical" as well as my own immaturity.
Well, sob story over...I'm 27 now and I want to go back to school for a degree in Physics. I looked into taking undergraduate courses to prep myself, but am not sure if that is the best course of action. Also, I have spoken to many physics majors, and they all tell me "math, math math" is what you need to know to excel. The concepts are "easy". So I have been looking into getting a masters in mathematics before proceeding to physics.
Does anyone have any advice on how to proceed from where I am? Even after speaking to the heads of many math and physics departments I am still getting mixed advice...one school seemed to just try to sell me on taking undergrad courses without really giving me insight as to exactly which classes would be best to achieve my goals.
I hope this post wasn't too long, and I hope there is someone who may have wise advice and is empathetic to my situation.
Thank you for reading