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Need help, I don't know when to apply coz my current GPA

  1. Jul 7, 2011 #1
    Need help, I don't know when to apply coz my current GPA......

    First, thank you for clicking this thread and trying to help me. I am going to apply grad school for a PhD, but my situation now is......:yuck::yuck::yuck::yuck::yuck:

    Let me explain. My current overall GPA is 3.24 (current Major GPA 3.67), thanks to those non-major courses (which gave me C!!!). Luckily, I still have one more year to study more courses so that I can finally discard all of my C-range courses, and end up with overall GPA 3.5+ (hopefully Major GPA by then will be 3.7+)

    I went on for exchange a year ago, so I still have several physics courses to complete, including E&M and classical mechanics. So far I have taken only ~40 credit on physics, 20-30 more to go (and this is why I'm so confident that my overall GPA will be much better than now!).

    So now I have 3 options.

    Option 1
    - Apply PG in US commencing on 2012Fall
    Pros

    • Attending PhD in US on 2012Fall is my first priority
    • Enrolling PhD in one stroke would (normally) save more time than Option 2, even though no one can guarantee that..
    Cons
    • Current GPA is not good enough to send me to relatively better grad school. (Stony Brook, GIT, Michigan, Colorado, UIUC, Maryland, UCSD, UCSB, U Penn, Columbia, etc.)
    • I don't know if I can get 900+ in PGRE to compensate my low GPA, now I'm only confident with getting 800+ in PGRE. (coz by the time I take PGRE I'm still learning EM and Classical Mechanics......)
    • If I am rejected by all or accepted with no ship/funding (living under porverty:uhh:), then I might just donating USD$1000+ to those physics depts and ETS

    Option 2
    - Apply MPhil in my undergrad univ. commencing on 2012Fall, after I finish my MPhil, apply for PhD in US again
    Pros
    • I can keep studying on 2012Fall
    Cons
    • If i first finish a MPhil then do PhD in US, I need to spend more time to reach PhD level
    • Psychologically feeling bad (don't know why)

    Option 3
    - Apply PG in US commencing on 2013Fall
    Pros
    • I will have more time to prepare PGRE to get higher score
    • I can workntravel for one year in UK or Australia, gaining more experience!
    • Or maybe i can be a technician in my undergrad univ!
    • I am confident with my GPA upon graduate will be much better, at that time I will have more chance to enroll in a relatively better school
    Cons
    • I might spend one year for nothing if workntravel and technician reject me
    • I afraid grad school reject me again coz I have done nothing related for one year, and at that time i have no advantage on applying even MPhil in my undergrad univ. That is, I will have no offer at all and have to work. (Yes, I admit I don't want to work in the society this early, I prefer working in the lab rather than working in a restaurant being just a waiter)

    I still haven't decide which to choose, any suggestions or views? Thanks again!
     
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2011
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  3. Jul 7, 2011 #2
    Re: Need help, I don't know when to apply coz my current GPA......

    Help pleaseeee~~
     
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