Hello everyone, This is my first post on the website or a blog for that matter. I'm currently going to a division 3 school for my bachelor's in physics and mathematics but it has taken me a lot longer to finish my degree. Consequentially, I've done poorly in some classes because of a medical condition i have. I do have research experience under my belt plus one publication in astronomy. My GPA is low, a little low for me to say feeling a little embarrassed about it, but i hope to bring it up within the next two years i have left. So my question is, does the length of time and low GPA of getting your bachelors degree in physics hinder your ability to get a masters or a phd in physics at all? I've heard other graduates say it's the GRE scores, Grades, Research experience, and extracurricular activities, that qualify to get into graduate schools. I know it's about where you apply to, but i'm not going to apply to a top ten university to receive my phd. Last question, for the masters and phd people out there what made you want to get one? What made you have the drive to get your master's or Phd?