quizivex wrote:Lol... just saying we should all have realistic backup plans, and know when to use them, in case our dreams don't come true... not everyone will be able to overcome such a slow start...
Quiz, he's not dead set on Stanford or MIT, he just said his dream is to pursue a physics PhD. My post was not meant to imply that he can get in anywhere he wants, but to show that a physics grad program is most certainly within reach.
ofey wrote:Grae, I find your story fascinating. Do you think you could comment on some of the specifics of my case and how to overcome them?
I'm not sure where exactly you're looking for comments, but I will say that getting good research experience is absolutely vital. I've seen many, many people with underwhelming PGRE scores and average grades get into excellent programs because they have great research experience. In my opinion it's absolutely one of the most important factors in your application and this is really understated as an undergrad so it's hard to know this. It's imperative that you get good research experience and do all you can to get a publication or poster at a conference out. Even if it delays your graduation by a year, I wouldn't apply to a program without it (unless you're not aiming at top 40 or so).
So kick ass in your classes, chat with your professors after class and get to know them, do good research and impress your research adviser, and maybe consider some outreach of some sort. You'll definitely be able to get in somewhere
, and depending on how well you do, I don't think top 20 is out of the question.