Hello whoever you are reading this! I hope you're having a nice day!!
I am not having one since I am sadly fearing for my life applying to grad programs
SO, I'm a white US female who wants to get a Masters in Observational Astrophysics, but I've also been contemplating Aerospace Engineering (though I don't have enough background credit since my degree's in physics). My lifes dream has been to work at NASA, and getting a Masters seems to be the best way in (minus just going straight
in but... I really like learning
so I wanna go to grad school)
My GPA at my small Liberal Arts University was a 3.0 with my Physics-courses-only GPA being a 3.17
I totally bombed the PGRE (I suck at taking standardized tests, I studied for 4+ months and still bombed it, lets just not talk about it...
I'm currently studying for the GRE and I'm gonna take it in November, but my average practice test scaled scores have been ~156 Verbal and ~155 Quantitative (once again, I suck at standardized tests)
I never did any REU's or anything, but I did do 3 Engineering projects, 2 of which I had to apply and was rewarded grants for. I also gave a public talk for one of them at my University.
Other stuff in my field... I was a Star Guide at our campuses Observatory during our Star Parties, I was a TA for an Astronomy lab, and right now I'm working as an Assistant Physics Lab Technician at a community college.
I'm highkey fearing that my entire package doesn't look too good
My application choices aren't delusional or anything (I'm not like aiming for Rice or Yale), but I'm just really scared I'm not going to get in anywhere...
Does anyone have any advice? Encouragement? A method for me to magically win a Nobel Prize to make my application look better??