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It's March 10th and my mailbox is empty...

by eastside00_99
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Mar10-08, 03:02 PM
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So far in the graduate school application process this is how I stand:

illinois (accepted w/o support)
Tufts (accepted w/o support)
Duke (rejected)

Haven't Heard from

University of Washington
University of Southern California
City University of New York
Rice University
Boston College
Wake Forest

I have many things rattling around in my head:

(1) Why is it so late and I haven't heard back from any schools? To me, if I can draw any conclusions about how my application rates compared to others by this data, I would have to say I must be a boarder line case between admittance and rejection to most of the schools I apply to. Hence the reason for no support and for the long wait for replies on my applications from the other schools.

(2) Has anyone else had a similar experience?

(3) Say I get rejected from the remaining schools! Then I know I can get about 10-12 K from my parents for at least the first two years. Should I just take one of the offers at tufts or illinois and look for alternative forms of support to pay for the rest (such as job, loan, or something else)? Alternatively, I will have to find a job anyway and will probably still go to school at least part-time (but I would probably take undergraduate computer science courses or mathematical finance courses) unless the job is uber-terrific!!

Any advice here?
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Mar10-08, 03:12 PM
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I guess also there is the option of asking to be a part-time student rather than a full-time at illinois or tufts and getting a job. That doesn't seem like all that bad of idea really. Still what do you guys think?
Mar10-08, 03:26 PM
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What are you planning to do with your life?
The job market is pretty competitive at the moment, and if you can't even find support at a grad school, then taking grad school might not be worth doing.

Mar10-08, 03:41 PM
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It's March 10th and my mailbox is empty...

Well, with you CaptainQuaser, I just don't have any good options now do I? I guess there is always well-fare.
Mar10-08, 03:43 PM
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I would not pay for grad school out of your own pocket if I were you. Perhaps you can find a job that would pay for you to go back and get your Masters.
Mar10-08, 03:53 PM
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I meant the physics job market. You can get a decent job elsewhere, and perhaps even if you get a good industry job they may pay for you to continue education as Cyrus said. You shouldn't pay for grad studies out of pocket.
Mar10-08, 04:18 PM
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oh, I see. Well, I'm a math student so I definitely am not expecting a job in the physics job market.

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