Kaiser_Sose wrote:Hey all,
This may be an over-chewed topic, but I was wondering what the prevailing sentiment is about taking an extra year to raise your GPA. Is it transparent that you are trying to make up for something? I'm not talking about taking things like yoga or intro philosophy. I'm talking about 2 semesters of some electives mixed in with upper level, topical physics courses, like nuclear physics, elementary particles, quantum theory of solids, maybe even a grad class.
The financial costs for me would be rather large to do this, but I'm looking at the GPA's of people who get into the places I'd like to be, and mine falls just short so I'm trying to contemplate my options. I may just try to clean house on the PGRE (no sweat eh?) and then make a decision then.
Thanks for you input.
Kaiser_Sose wrote:Its right at 3.5 actually, hence my consternation. I don't have any Yale or Princeton or Harvard aspirations, but I would like to to get into a top 15-30 school. Pretty please with a cherry on top.
I don't know if its excellent research. I think its good and with some more results I'm hoping for a publication or two. I guess that's a whole different topic though.
Consider a couple grade scenarios - what if you get a 4.0 both semesters? What if you get a 3.8? A 3.7?
The actual impact on your cumulative GPA probably won't be more than a tenth of a point... and the impact on the GPA that schools will see will be even smaller. Not really worth it from a GPA perspective alone, IMO.
Kaiser_Sose wrote:P.S. Is it significant at all that someone thinks its worth the money to pay me for research, rather than me just volunteering my time? That is, is paid research time more heavily weighted than unpaid?
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