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I'm deciding between 2 groups: cosmology group (numerical + theory on gravitation and large-scale structure, mostly modified gravity etc., very little about strings) VS hep-th group (mostly strings)

I spent my entire bachelor and master studying and preparing for strings (so QFT, SUSY, superstrings, Kahler manifolds, SUGRA, AdS/CFT) and really not into the aesthetic of MOND stuff, much less about doing observational works.

My problem is: throughout the years, I've realized I'm just *objectively* not smart enough to grasp the big picture when it comes to formal theory, and all its mathematics (the Kahler manifold thing is driving me crazy).

My exam scores on those formal theory topics are not bad, but I think reading the textbook and doing active research are completely different things.

+the current climate on rumor mill job listings, should I just give up formal theory and do more observational/phenomenological stuff?

Sorry for the long read, I would really appreciate comments from current researchers.