I'd like some advice. I go to university of illinois. My phys/math gpa is ~2.6. An in-depth explanation for my poor grades is out of place here, and they are reasons that I certainly cannot put in an application (various personal issues, mostly confidence problems and test anxiety, etc). I've been doing undergrad research for about a year, in the field of physics to which I wish to apply for grad school.. I haven't taken the GRE yet, but I'm confident I can do well... My grades have been bad, but I have steadily improved, and the previous problems are less and less of an issue. I am staying an extra semester to try to keep going in this positive direction. (This is irrelevant, but in case someone suggests I stay a whole year: I am forced to graduate after 4.5 years. I'm planning to get a job in the interim, or apply to international schools that admit during "spring" terms. but that is not what Im asking about.) So honestly, is there any hope? Are there *any* schools that will consider me? And if they do, are they just a waste of my time? Is there any strategy I should aim for? I was thinking to apply to a bottom-tier school and just do well and transfer, but some of the things I am reading seem not so optimistic. Any advice is much appreciated. Thank you in advance.