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Grad School vs. Field Experience

  1. Jan 27, 2014 #1
    Hello all,

    I will be attaining my B.A. in Mathematics in May 2014, and I really have no idea what to do from there. Right now I think my ideal future would be somewhere in cosmology, but it's really hard to make that call right now.

    I am currently involved with a semester-long internship at NASA, where I am part of a team that will attempt to model a distribution of galaxies using a mesh of math, physics, and computer science. This is probably the best experience I could ask for to help with this decision, and it will definitely help focus my strengths/interests. However, I'd really like to hear accounts from people who have already "walked the walk", if you will, and what they did to end up where they are.

    So anyway, back to my question: are there benefits to joining a graduate program right away? I'm leaning toward the idea of testing my foot in various waters before making such a large commitment of time/money, but truthfully I feel pretty lost. I have no idea what the pros/cons of either path are, so any input or experience that anybody could share would be hugely appreciated.

    I'd love to hear everybody's stories/outcomes and recommendations! Seriously, anything is a huge help for me at this stage of my life.

    Thank you all for your time,

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