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    Other Spatial reasoning ability.

    It comes with time and practice mate
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    Programs Questions for Mechatronics students/graduates

    I suppose it depends on what kind of job the OP wants. The mechatronics + CS program seems like something that'd prepare you for designing the software for the machines instead of designing the machines. I'd say that's fine, and definitely all-round employable. Though yes, it's always a good...
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    Programs Questions for Mechatronics students/graduates

    I disagree with Ramzerimar. Considering the ongoing revolution in automation, "internet of things" and robotics, mechatronics + CS will be a very powerful combo. Check out the "industrie 4.0" concept many German business experts are touting, for example, to get an idea of what I mean. I'd...
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    Studying Sharing class notes

    Is it really your place to decide how he lives his life, or what the purpose of his university experience should be..? Seriously, you're not helping him cheat or trick anyone, it's a just a matter of some notes. That said I guess most people here agree with you for some reason, but from my...
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    Studying Sharing class notes

    If they are really your friends, then of course give them your notes; it costs you nothing. And nobody cares if you put in effort or not or feel it is unfair; again, it costs you nothing to share. Breaking up a friendship over something as trivial as this is quite silly IMO. If these are...
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    Physics Physicists and physics majors, was it worth it?

    I apologise if I came across as patronising. It's just that my anecdotal experiences are totally different from yours. I do agree however, that the career paths are less clear when you're doing physics contra engineering, economics, medicine, accounting et.c.
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    Physics Physicists and physics majors, was it worth it?

    As a field, physics is among the most challenging fields to learn, if it is taught properly. It's got nothing to do with the oil & gas industry, physicists are everywhere in Norway. The problem is with how physics isn't taught in Poland I think, not with the employability of the course. Banks...
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    Physics Physicists and physics majors, was it worth it?

    Duno how it is in Poland, but in my country, Norway, and the countries I'm familiar with, a degree in physics is essentially a quality stamp, and more analytically challenging than any field of engineering. If it's really so bad in Poland then that's a real shame. No, the guys a few years above...
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    Physics Physicists and physics majors, was it worth it?

    Honestly, I don't know which country you are from, but this is NOT the case in the vast majority of places, and it's quite clear to me you're vastly overly exaggerating how "bad" it is in your own country - somebody isn't"trash" just because he/she doesn't want to study technical subjects. I...
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    Other I find myself in a science 'no focus' country.

    This is a tough situation to be in.. But you are wrong in one thing: you can study abroad. Just not UK/USA where they will demand tuition. Germany, Scandinavia, France etc. etc. are at least as good as the US/UK, they have no tuition, they take in good students from the 3rd World and they often...
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    Programs Minor in computer science w/ a Physics major?

    You can't go wrong with either, but make sure to get plenty of real programming experience regardless of your choice. Thing is that if you combine a degree in physics with a decent background in statistics and CS, you'll be perfect for data science/data analytics/applied AI, which are very...
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    Other Studying electromagnetic theory

    How advanced are your maths? My favourite undergraduate book is griffith's introduction to electrodynamics - everything is explained very thoroughly there, while being easy and fun to read (IMO).
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    Engineering Feeling like I'm working too hard (mentally) for the pay

    Yeah life's not fair and there are allot of people in management/business, though far from all I think, who get "unfair" salaries. But instead of getting depressed about it, why not work hard, get noticed, move into management, get MBA and then drive that porsche yourself? Trouble is that that...
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    Admissions Undergraduate research experience with no results

    I'm no professor, but I don't see why you shouldn't include it on the CV. You did some reading, you independently formulated a hypothesis, you made a simple model to test the hypothesis and you ended up falsifying the hypothesis. I think that's OK considering you're had no support from your...
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    Admissions PhD Cambridge/Oxford

    Nobody cares about your bad grades - you got this interview because of promising research experience and a recommendation, not your transcript. Just do your best at showing your competencies and enthusiasm.
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    Programs Personal: Engineering Physics vs Other Engineering Majors

    I'm about to finish my MS in Engineering Physics (in Norway tho), and my advice to you is to stop studying part-time and just focus on finishing college asap with the best grades possible. Like it or not but you're 26 years old and you don't have much more time to lose. After this, I'd guess you...
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    Courses Failed Physics 2. What can I do to help get better?

    What helped me was making sure I rigorously understood the theory behind every concept I was applying when solving a problem. And then do loads of different problems to make sure I caught everything. This was a time-consuming way to learn, but simple and very effective.
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    Attend an average PhD program or wait a year to retake the GRE?

    OK that changes things. If you already took a year off and you're struggling to find research internships, you're not in a strong position. I think Vanadium might be right. The unis you have are maybe not elite, but they're respectable, right? Are there supervisors at the two unis who have a...
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    Attend an average PhD program or wait a year to retake the GRE?

    Take my opinion with a grain of salt as I don't know you personally, but I'd say if you can get into a decent research internship where you get the opportunity to do good work then take the additional year. It will improve your chances for grad school, and so will a better GRE. If you can't get...
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    Attend an average PhD program or wait a year to retake the GRE?

    Why not just try to get a research internship with one of these unis, do a good job and prepare for this "GRE" on the side? This way you'll improve both your physics CV and get a chance to fix your GRE score. I'd guess this would significantly increase your reach,,, and if you can't get Berkely...
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    Other Change of supervisors

    Drop this rude, entitled attitude and focus instead on doing the best you can of the situation. If this means changing supervisors or adapting to the current ones, then that is how it is, but don't expect spoon-feeding and constant attention.
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    Schools UCB vs UCSD?

    Mate, this is one of the situations where overthinking is a bad idea. Just stop worrying and go to Berkeley. Spend your semester off on traveling somewhere with friends, or earning some money and chilling. Your concern are truly exaggerated.
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    Need advice -- Physics vs. Engineering vs. Computer Science...

    Well, if you're dead-set on continuing in academia in the field of your PhD then yes it'll be difficult, but my impression is that if you're willing to cross over to the dark side and sell out, then industry will want you. I for instance did an internship under a biophysics PhD who eventually...
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    Need advice -- Physics vs. Engineering vs. Computer Science...

    I'm fairly sure this is just a myth. If you got a physics PhD and you work in industry, you get paid well. In my country, very well - about $100k+ as a starting salary. Probably $200k by the time you become senior and enter management. And I get the impression that some very research-intensive...
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    Schools Mean girls at the university!

    Well, the two best kids of my graduating year are (from what I notice) quiet and unassuming instead of annoying and competitive. So I'd just ignore the insecure egos and focus on getting the homework done with actual friends (or alone).
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    Schools Stony Brook for Undergrad?

    I think it's unfair because it leads to an increase in inequality, and further universities that behave such as this impair the optimal distribution of resources in the economy (optimal as in optimal for wealth generation); this is bad for everyone. IMO education is far too important to be left...
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    Schools Stony Brook for Undergrad?

    So basically Ivy League is a rich-kids only club? I thought they gave out scholarships for those who couldn't afford it. Wouldn't it (almost) always be smarter to just do an undergrad at state-school and then go Ivy League for the MS? Or try to transfer from college/state school to an...
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    Schools Stony Brook for Undergrad?

    OK, nevermind my post then, I'm totally wrong and I shouldn't have spoken without looking at the tuition rates. 53k per year is insane... But there are no scholarship options for those who can't afford it?
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    Schools Stony Brook for Undergrad?

    Don't you have a student loan system in the US? If there was a way for you to get zero-interest loans, then I'd go to Cornell. The reason being, is that you really don't have a reliable way of knowing whether grad school will be an option/something you want in 4 years. Perhaps circumstances...
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    Programs Optics Program or Physics Program (w/ optics concentration)

    With optics, you mean quantum optics and not classical optics, right? Because they're doing quantum optics in AMO, which isn't really that related to the classical optics used in optical engineering or metrology.
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