Hello all, I’ll be graduating in physics with a concentration in mechanical engineering in May 2018, and I’ve been stressing a lot about what I’ll be doing after I graduate. I just recently discovered this forum, and I figured it would be a good place to ask some questions and get some advice. I want to go to grad school to study something in the realm of applied or engineering physics (North Dakota’s space studies program also seems very interesting to me). I’m not sure if I actually want to go all the way to PhD, so I’m currently planning to just apply to MS programs and then maybe look into getting a PhD after that. What really has me worried about applying to graduate school is my GPA, which is currently a 2.9. I know that's low for grad school, and it's no one's fault but my own for it being that low. Even though I have good work/research experience and I have some professors that I know will give me strong recommendations, I’m really worried that my sub-par GPA will prevent me from getting in anywhere. If I do really well next semester, I can get it above a 3.0 again, but that will be challenging. What are my chances of being accepted with a 2.9 GPA? Have any of you guys here been accepted to grad school with a sub 3.0? Should I talk about my GPA in my statement of purpose, or should I just not mention it at all? Also, in regards to the GRE (both general and physics) what are the best ways to prepare for the tests? I also want to apply to a few industry jobs as well, just to keep my options open, but I’m having some trouble finding jobs for physics majors. What are some typical jobs for a BS in physics, and where should I look for these jobs? Thanks in advance for any responses, and if any of you guys have any general advice for someone looking to go to grad school, I’ll be really grateful for that as well.