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  1. Sep 13, 2016 #1
    i studied for three years in a community college, i withdrew from my second year i also withdrew from three other classes from my third year, i transfered to a SUNY university, did horribly my first semester withdrew from two classes.
    now i begin my junior year as a physics major, and things have dramatically improved, basically the reasons that caused the mess have been removed and im in a much better position, i will not bore you with stating them since they'll take too long to explain, i typed that so you will not say "your not good enough, or you havent had the appropiate preparation so you should quit", which is a perfectly reasonable thing to say given my history but i proved this semester that i can work hard, so i ask you to take the point of view that i have the same potential as most physics majors.
    im doing well in my classes, even though they are advanced and certainly the hardest i have ever taken, so now i want to do a masters in a good university in japan or in england (because i want to see the world!) so that i can maximize my chances of getting into one of the the best univerisites for my phd.
    im already planning to apply next summer to get a research internship. i know research is important and that i need good letters of recommendation, in addition to doing well on the GRE and a good gpa. assuming i can get those, what do you think my chances are of getting into a good masters program given my history? also any advice or suggestions are more than welcome.
    thank you for taking the time to read.
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  3. Sep 13, 2016 #2


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    When you write
    are you taking graduate classes, or conventional undergraduate physics courses?

    It's good to hear that you're overcome hurdles that were keeping you from doing well, but given the history you describe I would want to see another semester or two of good performance before assigning probabilities of success in Master's programs.
  4. Sep 13, 2016 #3


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    You're going to want to stop racking up withdraws, it sounds like you already have quite a few.

    I had 5, all at CC. Two for physics courses, two for math courses and one GE. I had to travel for work at inopportune times, and had to withdraw. That was one of the reasons I quit my job. I also had A's in all the courses prior to a W. Re-earned A's after retaking the courses, and no one really cared.

    What you don't want to do is demonstrate a pattern of withdraws over a long period of time. Things happen, but things shouldn't be happening ever semester. It sounds like you "figured" out whatever was ailing you, assuming you get good grades, have good LOR, research experince, and decent standardized test scores you should be able to get into a gradute program. If any of those aren't true, it because much harder. If your GPA is below 3.0 physics gradute becomes much more impossible.

    Why did you never respond to any of the other threads you've created?
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