coreycwgriffin wrote:My physics department has only 6 faculty members, all of whom I've either taken a class with or have TA'd for , and I've even had dinner at 3 of their houses, so not taking math classes just to suck up to professors who already know me incredibly well isn't really beneficial.
Im not suggesting you suck up to someone. Im just suggesting you devote time to physics courses and physics research. This will cause you to spend a whole lot more time with your physics professors. If your a good person spending time with people is good enough, no need to suck up.
coreycwgriffin wrote:I find it pretty unbelievable, in any case, that taking more math classes can ever hurt someone.
Not hurting your application relative to baseline but it is relative to the applicant you would have been have you done more physics research/courses instead of math courses. Not quite as much in your extreme case of 6 physics professors and only a few classes offered.
coreycwgriffin wrote:Finally, just on a personal note, I've only ever taken classes I've found interesting and useful. I'm not catering to anyone, and I don't plan on starting any time soon. If grad schools like me and want me to study there, great. If not, that's their own problem. I know I've taken appropriate courses that will help me in graduate school, but I've also been able to enjoy my time here learning new things outside of the box as well.
Thats perfectly fine for you to do but that attitude doesnt correspond to your being accepted into the best graduate program possible. In the end you have to make that decision (Am I going to cater and get into the best school possible or am I going to to do it my way and hope for the best ) but I think people should be making that decision knowing all the risks associated with it.
Catering is effective. Asian students are known for catering in academic admissions and they are overrepresented relative to their proportion of the population at the top schools in the US.