My name is Jose Gutierrez and I am a graduate of Alice High School in South Texas. I will be attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall. I was a member of the Alice High School Academic Decathlon Team and also play French Horn. During my freshman year I became inspired to pursue physics as a major when I read Brian Greene's book, The Elegant Universe. I never received a true formal education in physics as taught in class, but instead chose to study on my time. I am glad that the APS has made my transition into college that much easier.