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It's March 10th and my mailbox is empty

  1. Mar 10, 2008 #1
    So far in the graduate school application process this is how I stand:

    illinois (accepted w/o support)
    Tufts (accepted w/o support)
    Duke (rejected)

    Haven't Heard from

    University of Washington
    University of Southern California
    City University of New York
    Rice University
    Boston College
    Wake Forest

    I have many things rattling around in my head:

    (1) Why is it so late and I haven't heard back from any schools? To me, if I can draw any conclusions about how my application rates compared to others by this data, I would have to say I must be a boarder line case between admittance and rejection to most of the schools I apply to. Hence the reason for no support and for the long wait for replies on my applications from the other schools.

    (2) Has anyone else had a similar experience?

    (3) Say I get rejected from the remaining schools! Then I know I can get about 10-12 K from my parents for at least the first two years. Should I just take one of the offers at tufts or illinois and look for alternative forms of support to pay for the rest (such as job, loan, or something else)? Alternatively, I will have to find a job anyway and will probably still go to school at least part-time (but I would probably take undergraduate computer science courses or mathematical finance courses) unless the job is uber-terrific!!

    Any advice here?
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  3. Mar 10, 2008 #2
    I guess also there is the option of asking to be a part-time student rather than a full-time at illinois or tufts and getting a job. That doesn't seem like all that bad of idea really. Still what do you guys think?
  4. Mar 10, 2008 #3
    What are you planning to do with your life?
    The job market is pretty competitive at the moment, and if you can't even find support at a grad school, then taking grad school might not be worth doing.
  5. Mar 10, 2008 #4
    Well, with you CaptainQuaser, I just don't have any good options now do I? I guess there is always well-fare.
  6. Mar 10, 2008 #5
    I would not pay for grad school out of your own pocket if I were you. Perhaps you can find a job that would pay for you to go back and get your Masters.
  7. Mar 10, 2008 #6
    I meant the physics job market. You can get a decent job elsewhere, and perhaps even if you get a good industry job they may pay for you to continue education as Cyrus said. You shouldn't pay for grad studies out of pocket.
  8. Mar 10, 2008 #7
    oh, I see. Well, I'm a math student so I definitely am not expecting a job in the physics job market.
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