Undergrad Institution: state school (2nd biggest campus in my state university system)
Major(s): physics
Minor(s): you could say mathematics
GPA in Major: 2.3/4
Overall GPA: 2.4/4
Length of Degree: 9 years (2007-2011, then 2014-2016)
Position in Class: struggling for a big part of it
Type of Student: male, minority
GRE Scores : I have decided to take it but for future applications not this round.
Research Experience:
1 summer internship in nuclear engineering at a cyclotron facility of my school.
1 summer internship working in the physics department of my school in medical physics.
Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Does Deans list count? if so: Deans list fall 2014, spring 2015, fall 2015.
Pertinent Activities or Jobs: none
Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: surviving the struggle? lol
Special Bonus Points:
male minority: but I don't think it matters for schools outside the US so...
graduates courses: Nonlinear dynamics differential equations (birfurcation etc...); boundary value problem in differential equations; Numerical Analysis for ODE/PDE; Vector Calculus ; Microeconomics Theory I; Macroeconomics Theory I; Statistical Mechanics
Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: my gpa is subpar and this will probably earn me rejections I think. I tried to select a good mix of highly selective schools (because why not) and schools I think I can get in. I had a rough patch a couple of years ago which lasted for 2-3 years, partly due to some illness and me being immature post illness (bad study habits, and I dropped out). I tried explaining that inside my personal statement, not sure it's going to cut it but it's still worth a try. I came back to school after a 3 years break during which I worked for a while. my gpa since coming back have been 3.5 (3 semester + 1 summer) which I think is very different from my cgpa which is only 2.4.
Applying to Where:
All my stuff is theoretical physics or applied mathematics.
University of Montreal - math - Computational Finance msc
AdmittedUniversity of Montreal - economics - economics Msc
AdmittedCity University London - economics - Financial Economics msc
AdmittedKingston University - economics - Financial Economics msc
AdmittedUniversity of Queen Mary London - Mathematics - Network Science Msc
AdmittedMcGill - math - applied math msc
McMaster - math - math msc
University of Strathclyde - Finance - Mres mathematical Sciences
withdrawn was probably going to get a rejection.
Manchester - physics - theoretical physics mres (statistical mechanics, econophysics)
University of Sydney - IT & Engineering - Engineering mphil (statistical mechanics, econophysics)
University of Technology Sydney - Business - Economics PhD (Complexity economics, econophysics) -
rejected University of Paris-Saclay - Physics - M2 Physics of Complex Systems
University of Paris 1 - University of Sorbonne - Economics - Dual Msc quantitative economics
Most Likely RejectedEdinburgh - physics - mathematical physics msc (statistical mechanics, econophysics)
rejectedKing College London - math - complex systems msc (statistical mechanics, econophysics) -
rejectedImperial College London - math - stochastic analysis mres (financial mathematics)
rejectedLondon School of Economics - math - applicable math msc (lse is well known for finance and economics)
rejectedUniversity of Adelaide - physics - (statistical mechanics, econophysics) -
withdrawn (asked for final transcript, it's stupid who does that?)
University of Essex - Economics - Computational Economics Msc (Complexity economics)
rejectedUniversity of York - Statistics - Computational Finance Msc
rejectedUniversity of York - Economics - Financial Economics Msc
rejectedUniversity of Liverpool - Mathematics - Financial Mathematics Msc
rejectedUniversity of Glasgow - Finance - Quantitative Finance Msc
rejectedUniversity of Nottingham - Finance - Financial and Computational Mathematics Msc
rejectededit: I didnt apply to US schools because most require the GRE and I just didnt want to take the exam under such a short amount of time to meet the deadlines. Also I would prefer going abroad and discovering new places. I got into a couple schools. Quite happy about montreal because London (or any UK universities, so sorry Manchester
) would have been too tight financially.
Still waiting for McMaster cause I'm very interested by their Msc in Math.
McGill is very prestigious so I'm not hopeful, I neglected to consider it's one of the best Canadian Uni.
Anyway, next year i'm going to Canada, hope the weather won't be much worse than the midwest