It's easy to look back on life and say - I wish things could've been better or I wish I'd chosen a different path.
Given such thoughts, I think, now you should be more concerned with what will come of the future? Try to find out why you were rejected [Perhaps a bad recommendation / egoistic SOP etc etc].
In terms of graduate school, I think, your output will matter much more than the connections that you will make (not to underrate the importance of having a 'famous' advisor). So, if you think that an opportunity exists at USC to pursue your area of interest go for it.
mhazelm wrote:Well, I've wondered the same thing. I went to an unknown school and have done very well, but have only one offer. But I'm going to take it. You know, I really believe - maybe just naively, but still - that if you're truly passionate about something and willing to work hard, then you can achieve what you want to. You might not end up as an academic at MIT or Cambridge, but you can be an academic somewhere. Work hard and see what path life brings you - it's really all you can do. The "what ifs" will never really help you, as you can always wonder what other path you might have taken. So, put everything into the path you're on and make the best of it.
babazula wrote:last year i did the Part III, and managed to get a distinction with 5 alphas. but because stringy supervisors ( quevedo, green,... ) decided to take a sabbatical year, i just withdrew my PhD application, took a year off, and decided to apply to Harvard, Princeton,... for the following year. at that time, i was thinking that since i was self-funded, and completed the part iii with a very good distiction, it would not be too hard to get into Harvard, Princeton,... ( my PGRE score is 900, 2 publications in JHEP as second author, and 1 publication in Mod.Phys.Lett as first author ) but it turns out that i am completely out of academy now! i have just received a rejection from Penn, and I have no acceptance so far! i cannot believe i ruined my chance to do a PhD in Cambridge for nothing!!! i dont know wtf is wrong with the us universities... anyways, i just wanted to say there is nothing wrong with you, or your education. everytime i write a professor to ask the reason of my rejection, i got the same reply: "well, the British system is really different than the US system..." or "yours was an unusual situation..." fcuk those fcukers anyway... i dont want to go to the us anymore... i ll try weizmann instead, since they have great names like Berkooz, Aharony ...
robertson wrote:but I also have a friend who has a brilliant bachelor from Imperial College (all A's) that has been rejected in all the US schools that he applied to, and also rejected from Cambridge (still waiting for response from Imperial College).
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