Greetings, I'm new to this site.
I'm a capable physics student (not to the extreme) but was hoping to go to a quality graduate school, though have had some bad luck I feel might have hurt my chances...
Please consider the following if you have a minute...
I go to a school where grades probably don't mean much. For instance, students with a 50/70 on an exam often get the same A as a 66/70.
So I know test scores are that much more important for me...
I took the GRE general test, got 800M <deleted for anonymity> 5.5W, which I was happy with. But I was very confident with my essays, and was hoping for a 6, and because test scores may be all I have, I requested a rescore, knowing the grading system is variable and it might go up.
But ETS dropped me to a 4.5. Crazy isn't it?
Either they lowered me on spite for rescoring a 5.5, or the grading system is too fickle to rely on anyway. No way the same essays could be considered excellent one time and mediocre the next.
I've been involved in a good amount of research (in 3 different lab groups), I was supposed to have one publication from each, but each one was scrapped. On one the prof forgot to list me, on another the prof had a family emergency on the other side of the world and so we missed the submission deadline, and on the 3rd the article was denied because it wasn't considered relevant enough to the conference's focus ..
I planned to get a math major too, but had to give it up because the physics and math departments scheduled their required junior fall semester courses (each of which there was only one section) at the same time.
I just wanted to know:
1) Would these things hurt me?
2) Would it be appropriate to mention them casually in an SOP or as an additional inserted page in my application?
3) Does having names on papers really matter as long as you've done research? Even if you have recommendations from those who supervised your research?
Any comment on one or all of these things would be greatly appreciated.
I'll have a good application overall, but since there is some extreme talent out there, I'd imagine I'd be on the borderline of being accepted/rejected from some of the top schools, and I just worry the combination of the above bad breaks could be the deciding factor. I feel I have a right to be dissatisfied with what has happened, but would schools accuse me of complaining?
(Even then I'd rather be rejected for complaining than for having willingly accomplished nothing in college, lol)
Just thought I'd mention for laughs: Guess what.. last spring I got both an acceptance and a denial letter from the same REU program, hahaha!
Last edited by quizivex
on Mon Jan 14, 2008 1:34 pm, edited 1 time in total.