pkirby2 wrote:I do not think it is too late. I think the biggest issue you need to worry about now is doing well on your physics GRE. If anything, I think you would have a better chance due to your because graduate schools look for some diversity within their student body. Write about your life and how it is your dream to be a physicist on your personal statement, do well on your PGRE and I don't see any reason why you shouldn't be able to get in somewhere.
surjective wrote:It's never too late... but it'll be pretty tough.
Jackson is intimidating, but a lot easier than the QFT you'll end up taking in grad school. Goldstein's mech. book is an undergrad text, so a lot less advanced than most grad. stuff.
HOWEVER, everything looks intimidating and hard when you are out of practice. It's totally possible that once you get back into it, and remind yourself of the basics, that this stuff will appear hard but manageable to you, as it does to most other physics grad students.
So, it'll be tough, but you can probably do it if you're willing to work hard.
Best of luck!
betelgeuse1 wrote:OH! Thank you soo much for asking this question. I turned 27 in june this year. I'll be 28 next year in august and I also thought I was to old for starting the PhD. So, if 38 is ok then I'm happy again, 28 won't be bad.
cooper wrote:It's worse for me, I am 43. My original degree was in Psychology. A few years ago I attended school part time (distance learning while I worked full time) and worked towards a Physics Bachelors. About a year ago I finally accumulated enough credits and started working as an engineer (since then I took more courses and now have about 55 credits in Physics, approximately enough for a Bachelors), but the recession ended that. I decided to go for a Masters or PhD in Physics since there is a recession and I can't get a Physics related job. Among other things I am worried that they wont accept me due to my age.
Maybe someone can answer this question for me. I decided to go for a Masters degree in Physics since it only takes about two years. I imagine a PhD would take about six years and I don't want to start a career when I am fifty. Someone recently told me, however, that after the first two years in a PhD program a person can get a Physics job making $40,000 or so a year while they finish their PhD. Is that true? Thanks.
twistor on 7/22/08 wrote:I think that you should not give up your stable life and income for fanciful dreams of science. Changing careers now would be an incredibly difficult transition and you be forced to make significant lifestyle changes as you re-enter school.
When I was doing undergrad, we didn't use Goldtein's.
But it seems that's pretty standard these days.
I've heard that it is the textbook for undergrad level CM for Caltech students.
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