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My undergrad career is over

  1. May 10, 2012 #1
    I took my last final tonight. Commencement is tomorrow. I have a B.S. Math, Physics Minor with a 3.5/3.6 GPA.

    Thanks to everyone on this site who helped me with my homework over the years! It's appreciated.
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  3. May 11, 2012 #2

    Out of curiosity, do you have very specific memories of how you were when you had just joined? I find it pretty cool to go over old posts of mine occasionally (done it twice/thrice as of now) - just to see how my posting style changed, or if it changed at all.
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  5. May 11, 2012 #4
    Well, when I first joined I was a physics major, math minor. After taking some junior-level physics and math classes, I discovered that I enjoyed learning just the math much more. It was more my style. So, I swapped them, and I'm very glad I did. I'm sure my old posts are full of naivete. Haha.
  6. May 11, 2012 #5
    Congratulations! :smile:

    I'm on my way to it!
  7. May 11, 2012 #6
    That is sooo awesome. You are a beast. Especially with that gpa. So beastly!
  8. May 11, 2012 #7
    Congratz I will be starting my bachelor in summer so hopefully I have fun aswell learning :).
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    @ OP. Good on you! Do well in your life, and still come back here for hints and tips.
  10. May 11, 2012 #9
    Many congratulations!!
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    Congratulations! Be sure to come back and let us know where you end up: grad school, industry, etc.
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    Congrats Shackleford :approve: I still remember that feeling!
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    Congrats :approve:!

    (I hate to say this, but when I saw the title of this thread, I expected "I just got a B- on a quiz, my entire academic career is trashed!" Note that I had that reaction *before* I saw who the poster was :smile:.)
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    Oh, don't be such a wet blanket.

    Congratulations, Shackleford!
  15. May 12, 2012 #14
    Thanks for the congratulations. Commencement went well last night. After dinner, an extremely severe thunderstorm rolled through the area, so driving home was a challenge. In fact, I couldn't make it home because the water was so high in my subdivision. I had to stay the night at my brother's.

    I wish I had only one B- in my courses! My final overall GPA is 3.579. My math GPA is a bit higher. I got one B in math (probability) and the rest were mostly "A"s and a few "A-"s. My physics grades weren't that great, though (B+, B+, B, B-, and C in quantum).
  16. May 12, 2012 #15
    Great job. What's the next step?
  17. May 12, 2012 #16
    Stay at my current job while I look for something higher-paying and also consider graduate school and how exactly to pay for it.
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    BTW, how does one read a GPA? Is it 3.6 out of 4 or 5?
  19. May 12, 2012 #18
    Congratulations for the graduation !

    Usually one does not need to pay. Most graduate schools provide funding for Ph.D students.
  20. May 12, 2012 #19
    Depending on whether he does or doesn't live in the USA, he might have to go for his MSc first. It's not usual for those to be funded by schools.
  21. May 12, 2012 #20
    Typically, it's out of 4.

    Yes. I'm in the U.S. I don't plan on getting a Ph.D. I'm looking at master's programs. Since I have a job, I don't want to quit it just to get funding for graduate school as a TA or RA.
  22. May 13, 2012 #21
    Congrats, man. It's funny, I had your opposite problem: all As in physics and all Bs in math (didn't help that math used std dev for grading).

    Don't know what your job is, but you could always switch over to engineering for grad school. Engineering is much less competitive for grad school than math/physics because lots of engineers are simply able to stop and get good jobs with bachelors, meaning there's (generally) more opportunities than there are people given that you're qualified. Getting a masters in something is tough because even though you can find research positions, they may not cover your tuition. Math/physics grad school, at least for the past couple years, is kind of a lottery.
  23. May 13, 2012 #22
    Congratulations Shackleford!!!
  24. May 14, 2012 #23
    Congratulations! Hope to be in your shoes soon, except as majoring in Physics.:tongue:

    Great GPA, best of luck to you!
  25. May 16, 2012 #24
    Thanks again, everyone.

    Nothing in engineering really jumps out at me. Most engineering graduate programs would require several leveling courses which I don't want to do. Whatever I do in graduate school is something I can start immediately without any leveling courses.
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