So I admit that I am sort of sneaking in here. I'm not a current graduate student, but I thought this might be the place to pose a question to those of you that are.
I got to a small school, where the two big fields (if you could call them big here) are observational astronomy and condensed matter. I picked condensed matter.
I like the research I've done. It's intriguing, complex, and the field that is arguably the one most likely to score you a job outside of academia. But then again, I haven't seen much of anything else.
So my question(s) to all you condensed matter scientists is(are) what are you doing? You don't have to go into the nitty gritty of it. Are you enjoying the work? Does it hold your interest in bed, in the wee hours of the night ? Are you tackling fundamental questions, or delving into specific little bits of esoterica. Not that either is bad.
- As many already know, studying for the physics GRE and getting accepted into a graduate program is not the final hurdle in your physics career.
- There are many issues current physics graduate students face such as studying for their qualifier, deciding upon a field of research, choosing an advisor, being an effective teaching assistant, trying to have a social life, navigating department politics, dealing with stress, utilizing financial aid, etc.
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