Heyyy So, here's my story: - Went to state school - Majored in a quantitative subject - Got a GPA in the range of 2.6 - 2.7 (literally never went to class, literally just scanned texts before exams =( god i was a ****ing idiot.) - Noooooooooooooooooooo OK, so, when I went to undergrad, I was an immature ***. Now, I want to follow my dream; I've wanted to be a physicist since I was a little kid. Exactly right now, I'm working a job in government-contracting finance. I want to get out of this and follow my childhood dream after I save some $$$. I've read through some advanced level physics books and re-read math texts to make sure that I want to do this. I most definitely do. My plan is to go back to school and major in physics, and do what I should have done in undergrad in the first place: make top grades, research, etc. The whole package. I want to go to 4 years undergrad again even if I can earn a degree in 2 years because I want the most comprehensive understanding of undergrad physics, and a bit math + a little less bit computer science/ ai, possible + time to do research, etc. So, my options are: - Do it at a state school and go into debt - Go to undergrad in China for a fraction of the price and have $$$ saved after (currently learning Mandarin at an acceptable rate to enter undergrad in China in 1 yr!) My questions are: - Does going to a school in China put me at a disadvantage when applying to grad schools relative to a state school? By how much? - What are my chances of getting into top 5 and top 10 grad schools if I get 3.7+ (in new degree<physics>), 950+, good research? So, I put myself into a total hole with my 1st degree. I'd like to pretend it never happened and start fresh! But, that's not the case. If I create the profile of a top applicant from here then how much of a negative will my 1st profile prove to be?