Freaking out over rejections for astronomy

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Freaking out over rejections for astronomy

Postby Astrothrow » Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:21 am

So I’ve applied to 16 schools total. Everyone at my school said I was crazy for applying to that many, and I somewhat agreed to them, but so far I’ve gotten 11 rejections which is killing my drive for grad school. I have a 3.75 gpa in physics and astrophysics with a minor in math and in the honors program. I have a published paper where I’m like 7th author, and two more along the way, one first author and another that’s fourth. 3 years of teaching and tutoring experience, two very strong LOR, and two conferences. Only thing is my gre kinda blows, with a 148 in readi, 152 qual, 4.5 in writing, and a 43% on the PGRE. I need some reassurance that I’ll get in somewhere cause I’m going *** crazy over here. The last 5 schools I’m waiting on are Boston, Florida, UCLA, Irvine, and Riverside. Any word on these schools? Let’s say I get rejected by all of them, what should my next step me?

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Re: Freaking out over rejections for astronomy

Postby Cosmicomic » Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:36 am

I can totally empathize with you. I had several people check over my SOP and school choices and all of them thought my choices were reasonable. I applied for 18 schools in physics (domestic), mostly rank 40-70 with I think 4 above that as reach and a 3 below as safety. So far I'm sitting on 6 rejections, no acceptances, and its pretty late in the season. Even worse, 2/3 safety schools sent me a rejection. Every time someone asks me for updates they're surprised at how I'm faring.

Judging from some of the responses on here and gradcafe, it seems this year is getting record number of applicants. The competition is tougher than ever.

Hoping we all get in somewhere.

If not though I'm not sure what advice I could give, as the advice given to me so far doesn't seem to be helping. My instinct would be to study like crazy for the pGRE, but I've been out of school a while and so that's about all I can improve on.

Good Luck.

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