Dear the MO community. I am currently a 2nd year undergraduate and I’m finding it really hard to cope with my current studies. The problem is, the things I’m supposed to be taking right now are of no interest to me for the following reason: those subjects are completely useless to me. I pretty much just ignore those subjects and cram in everything at the last minute. Today I just realized I missed a class test for the second time because the time of the test was given in the lectures and was never posted on my student net account, and I never go to lectures. This tipped the final supporting pillar in me. My interests are very narrow and I’m planning to work exclusively on the applications of K-theory in string theory (well, I don’t understand any of that stuff right now still struggling with the basics of homological algebra). Yes you ask why so narrow? Well, some people are just different. I read somewhere Paul Cohen was admitted into grad school when he was a sophomore too. However, Cohen is far brighter than me and I know I won’t stand a chance at grad school. I simply can’t make myself do the things I’m supposed to be doing, and I know it’s no good trying to jump into grad school. So I’m at a loss here as to what to do next. Can someone offer me some suggestions?
I hope this question is appropriate. Thanks.