Thanks for dropping by this physics advice 'brain dump' page, which regularly evolves with time. I'm using this space to offer some stream-of-consciousness reflections on the study of physics (and engineering) based on my experiences to date. I'll add bullets below as I'm reminded of them over time. Would love to hear feedback from any readers who stumble on this page!

During my undergraduate years in physics, I also took courses in computer science, hands-on engineering, philosophy of science, and language. My dedication to physics has always stemmed from a much broader commitment to the grandest of all questions: "what is all of this?!" - which I also grapple with through the lens of Zen, existentialism, and surrealism. I'm more of a philosopher in search of truth and drawn to physics for its empirical effectiveness, whereas some of my peers in college were more like mathematicians with a preference for equations that have some physical relevance.

The force driving someone towards physics matters a lot, as far as I can tell, but isn't often discussed. For instance, when it gradually became clear to me in late high school / early college that physics is a model approximating reality rather than some interpretive claim on reality itself, I felt deeply confused about how (and whether) to proceed. Not everyone studying physics shares in this anxiety, however. It really comes down to your motivations for studying physics in the first place.

I recently completed a very atypical engineering PhD (because I find hands-on building to be playful and fun!). So, I have not had the traditional physics PhD experience. Still, my commitment to fundamental physics remains strong - I'll be pursuing opportunities following my graduation to apply my engineering skillset in the context of fundamental physics research. So, bearing in mind this context, a few specific tips: