Hello, I wanted to get a feel for if I'm wasting my time here in applying to graduate school and wanted some opinions from people on here. So I want to get into a ucla or a ucsd and I want to do experimental condensed matter. My physics gpa is approximately 3.4. I got an 830 on my pGRE, an 800 on my GRE Quantitative and a 600 on my GRE Verbal. I don't have any research experience, but I did work at an small engineering firm (~100 employees) and I came out with two patents. I think that is probably what stands out about me the most. Based on this, is there any reason why I should be applying? Thanks ahead of time.