cato88 wrote:Wow physicist do have limited grasp on reality.
do have limited grasp on English
. The derogatory tone of your post was not appropriate. I was just expressing my curiosity in a harmless way.
When ether says he comes from a poor country and he can't afford application fees, it sounds like he is POOR, that he and his family are deprived, to some extent. Perhaps that is not the case... I wish him the best of luck with his plans.
Shouravv's comments were very helpful in drawing the distinction... that if someone is unable to afford things in the US, it does not mean he is uncomfortably poor in his home country. There are still tons of deprived, poor people in the 3rd world, and to suggest that we domestic students are ignorant for not knowing the financial situations of every student is obnoxious on your part.
We are under no obligation to know the exchange rates of all your countries. You are the ones visiting another country, not us. If someone is so poor that he lives in a hut without running water and can't afford food, then physics grad school in the US might not be the best career to choose. Nobody will consider someone a hero for throwing away an opportunity to improve his standard of living for some "selfless pursuit of physical knowledge".
Finally, while none of us are satisfied with how underpaid and underappreciated physicists are, we should not promote the idea that there are two types of careers, 1) physics and 2) greed. There are other science-based careers (such as medicine, chemical engineering) that pay better and still do something useful for society.
I, for one, am not someone who is overflowing with fascination for physics, nor do I have parents in academia guiding me to follow their footsteps. I chose physics for a chance to do something interesting and hopefully useful for society, but I had plenty of other interests, and if I were uncomfortably poor, I wouldn't have hesitated to pick a more lucrative career, and that's nothing to be ashamed of.