TakeruK wrote:Instead, my advice would be to take grad classes in the areas you're interested in, if you can. This will expose you to more people/research in the area and give you a better idea of what's going on in your intended area of research. Maybe you'll find it less interesting or find something really cool in that specific subfield that you want to do your dissertation on. Then later, when you take a similar course in your graduate program, having this background knowledge will help you absorb material at a deeper level, further improving your foundation in your intended area of work.
JimmyThyJoker wrote:Thanks very helpful. I want to test out of EM and QM, esp. QM, because I want to take QFT and then HEP. Usually QM and QFT are the same semester, so if I take QM instead of QFT my first semester. I will be behind by a year.
TakeruK wrote:I have been assuming that you are a senior undergrad applying to graduate programs this year (i.e. you don't know where you will go yet). From this perspective, it seems like you are trying to make very concrete plans based on very little assurances.
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