I won't be reading QFT this summer. That much I know
. But, I did want to
mention that my school has these reading classes that you can sign up
and read a textbook with any classmates that want to read the same book,
and the prof. will discuss the text. It's good for the profs. too because they get
to learn/review or whatever. So, it may be worth it to do that or look into it if you were going to read through such a difficult text by yourself. What would you do if you didn't understand something or got stuck?
I was thinking though if I knew which topic or area I will be in, it will really blow profs. away and be interesting to me too, to have a thorough knowledge of the field I'll be researching in by reading a stack of journal papers. So, when I get to grad. school I can say, 'oh, yes, I read about that in such and such paper'. But it may help to define topics or areas better and ask better questions in the research setting. But, not knowing exactly which topic would make this endeavor more difficult. That's probably what I would do if I were reading on my own. But, since that's how most research projects start anyway, I may as well start the grad. program in the summer.
Anyway, I'm still thinking on this question. It's more fun to ponder this than the 'what are my chances of getting in' game
I agree its our last free summer .... ever, so some fun should definitely be had.