So, I have a sort of complicated story, but I really need help, and I am hoping someone here can give me some advice.
I recently got my B.A. from a really intense, entirely discussion-based humanities program that required all its students to take four years of math and science courses. Since my school was (and remains) crazy, taking math and science meant reading Euclid, Newton, Einstein, Schrodinger, Minkowski, etc., and I fell in love with physics there. I read a lot of math/physics texts on my own, but I knew I wasn't ready for grad school yet. So I enrolled as an undergrad at a big state school with an excellent reputation in physics (in the top 15, I'm told). I plan on getting my B.S. as a physics major in two years, which means I'll be applying to grad school a year from now.
So here's the problem: I've based my whole college career around writing and have won a lot of awards for that, but none for science or math. I worked at the Naval Observatory last summer and did a few presentations, and I'm currently involved in two research projects--one in experimental particle astrophysics and another in quantum field theory (my true love
). Hopefully the theoretical research will result in a publication, but I'm really worried I'm not getting the same exposure to research that some other people on this forum are. You guys seem so serious and advanced, and I still feel like I don't really know what I'm doing.
The other major problem is that I'll have to take the physics GRE next fall when I've only had the equivalent of the first two years of physics courses. I've started studying already, but I worry that I can't expect to teach myself that much material in any reliable way. Hopefully the fact that I'm female will give me some leeway on the GRE, but I'm still terrified.
What do you guys think--has my humanities background screwed me over? What else should I be trying to accomplish in terms of research experience? And finally, any advice on studying for the PGRE for someone who's still pretty new to the field? Thanks so much for your help!