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    Contacting Professors at Graduate Programs

    Take one sentence to introduce yourself as a prospective graduate student - tell the professor where you are currently studying and when you hope to begin your PhD. Take a couple of sentences to tell the person what you find interesting about what they work on. If the professor has...
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    What does it take?

    Let me first say that you can probably get better advice by chatting with someone who knows your work - a professor or a tutor perhaps. I agree with Tic Tac that good grades don't necessarily correlate positively with scientific aptitude. Perhaps it is just as important to consider what do you...
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    At a crossroads (drop out? chase a dream? time out?)

    You write well and your post is very compelling. With regards to your lack of motivation: the reasons that people pursue a subject change as they mature and learn more about the field. Don't let this make you anxious. Just keep trying to make your classes interesting for yourself. Certainly you...
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    Finance and Math with 37points in IB?

    http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/undergraduateAdmissions/AdmissionsCriteria/maths.htm According to this website you need a 7 in HL maths and two other HL subjects with a 6.... The IBO seems to maintain information on the requirements for admission to universities...
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    After four long years as an engineering undergrad I'm about to change to science.

    Best of luck with the new boat. Do you have a timeline in mind for finishing your degree? Don't sweat your age - at most you're two or three years older than your current classmates and any differences you see will pretty much disappear by the time you graduate. And right now you have the...
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    Social advice?

    Conferences usually have poster sessions where the folks who aren't important enough to give talks get to present their work. There are usually lots of graduate students with posters who are more than happy to talk - and you won't need to feel intimidated. You can approach someone with a poster...
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    Schools Constructive Quantum Field Theory and Euro grad school

    In Germany and the Netherlands PhD candidates are hired as employees and are paid a good wage - but MSc candidates aren't. If you are a foreign student working towards an MSc you must pay tuition and cover your living expenses. Since you've already talked to a professor at your current...
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    Advice on Midlife Career Change?

    Perhaps you can ask your supervisor if there is anyone in particular he would like to recommend you to as a post doc. Are there other professors in the department who know you well enough to dispense advice?
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    A lot of curiousity

    I'm pretty sure that most universities schedule a short period of time (~10 minutes) between classes. Most of the time brisk walking is perfectly sufficient. Most campuses are not very car-friendly - which is a good thing. Campuses are meant to encourage people to interact. And nobody would...
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    Help with learning(Not homework)

    For you right now you should try to take all the math that you can - the math you need for physics builds on the math you learn in secondary school. Perhaps you can ask one of your teachers for more advice. PS: don't worry that you didn't know what the Δ meant. BioCore doesn't know that it's...
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    How do you know something is for you?

    Try lots of things. Volunteer. Read a lot.
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    Did i screw up getting a good letter of rec - bizarre story

    Could you have phoned for a taxi to the airport? Unless you were spacey during your REU as well I wouldn't worry too much. Everyone makes little mistakes like this occasionally. A postdoc I worked with once waited 4 hours at the airport to pick up a new grad student who hadn't sent his complete...
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    Crashed, Burned

    This is a tough situation. I have one friend who is in almost the same position as you - except he is 5 years older - and another friend who pulled himself out of a similar pit a few years ago. The latter also started university early, then bounced in and out of prestigious school for a while...
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    Would metal hitting metal or metal hitting glass make more noise?

    Metal is more elastic than glass - and so metals can be struck harder and vibrate at larger amplitudes without breaking. Maybe you can get a glass marble and a steel ball bearing and drop them on a metal plate and see what is louder.
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    I want to live a simple life out in the country.

    Homosexuals are like most people anywhere - they probably won't take any notice of you at all.
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    Programs Prospective PHD students: What to look for in a supervisor and topic?

    Is there any research that interests you in Sydney? It is probably worth identifying a few professors whose research might interest you. Then contact them, briefly explain your qualifications, ask if they are looking for PhD students and suggest that it might be possible to come for an...
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    Why did you choose physics?

    Thanks for the questions - I am also interested to read the responses of others! 1. I don't think doing a BSc or PhD in physics means that someone necessarily wants a career as a physicist. When I decided to study physics (at 16) I gave very little thought to what sort of job I wanted to...
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    Diet - Eating healthy

    If you could eat at a fancy restaurant, what kind of meals would you get? You can probably think of a few recipes to try based on that. Instead of pop tarts and donuts you can try weaning yourself onto frozen bagels - buy a dozen, cut them in half and then freeze them. They are then ready for...
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    Moving from experimental to theoretical

    How are your programming skills? Having a computer on your swiss army knife would help to make you attractive for some theory positions. Having a background in experiment won't harm your chances of doing graduate work in theory. I used to share an office with a guy who made exactly the switch...
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    Hawking Moving to Waterloo (Perimeter Institute)?

    Raymond Laflamme, who is the director of the institute for quantum computing in Waterloo, is also a former student of Stephen Hawking.... I can't imagine that Hawking would consider moving to Perimeter for the terrific weather.
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    Summer research away from home

    Can you try to socialise a bit with some of the people you work with? That is a good distraction. Even doing something simple like bringing cookies to share will help you feel a bit more rooted. http://photos-a.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v236/27/91/575983853/n575983853_913416_1432.jpg...
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    3rd right foot washes up on BC beach

    Hey, they finally got a matching pair! http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080710.wfeet0710/BNStory/National/home [Broken]
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    Engineering in europe

    Isn't Canada considered a "western" country? As a Canadian you probably won't be discriminated against in Europe - at least you will not experience any more discrimination than a Dutch person in France would experience. People in Europe mostly think that Canada is a sort of low-fat America...
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    Schools Europe Graduate School

    You need to be a resident of the UK for three years before you can qualify for the domestic tuition. kmewis, you will probably come out ahead financially if you stay in Canada for your MSc - the cost of living is much higher in Europe.
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    Schools Europe Graduate School

    If you do an MSc in the Netherlands you need to pay your tuition yourself. If you're concerned about the cost but would still like to go abroad you might look at Canada - MScs there are paid positions.
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    Schools Europe Graduate School

    Do you have Greek citizenship? If you do that will make doing a master's in the EU much more feasible because you will only have to pay EU tuition. You need a master's degree before you can start a PhD in the Netherlands. All Dutch universities offer their physics MSc and PhD programs in...
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    Schools Europe Graduate School

    It would be worth looking at PhD programs in the Scandinavian countries, Germany and the Netherlands - very often graduate work in the sciences is in English. You might also consider universities in Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. If you are not a UK or EU resident it is actually...
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    What should I do with my life?

    How about meteorology? You could continue using wind and water metaphors. Do you have other hobbies or interests besides physics that might contribute to your employability or make you suited to a particular job? (eg playing computer games => work as a game programmer).
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    Summer Science Program

    Don't worry so much about your grades. With the right attitude you will have a great educational experience no matter what university you wind up at. Ask your teachers if you would be a good candidate for the summer science program. They will probably have to write some sort of recommendation...
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    Schools Europe Graduate School

    It is *possible* to get funding to do an MSc in the UK - but not very likely. http://www.phy.cam.ac.uk/research/applications/grad_basics.php [Broken] Are you interested only in British universities? What field would you like to go into?
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