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?