Is it worthy to enroll in grad school in USA for 2020 after the pandemic COVID-19?

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phygre123
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Is it worthy to enroll in grad school in USA for 2020 after the pandemic COVID-19?

Post by phygre123 » Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:02 am

Now, the situation is becoming worse day by day. USA is sooner or later be in recession and has no certainty about its economy. Will the grad schools be able to provide the same funding? Will the research in the University have the same priority as before? I am from Asia and how much discrimination will I have to tolerate in USA in the future? Could I find peace of mind in USA if I join and study in USA? How could I protect myself in USA as a international students so that I reassure myself before I leave my sweat home and caring family.

livelongandprosper
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Re: Is it worthy to enroll in grad school in USA for 2020 after the pandemic COVID-19?

Post by livelongandprosper » Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:09 am

phygre123 wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:02 am
Now, the situation is becoming worse day by day. USA is sooner or later be in recession and has no certainty about its economy. Will the grad schools be able to provide the same funding? Will the research in the University have the same priority as before? I am from Asia and how much discrimination will I have to tolerate in USA in the future? Could I find peace of mind in USA if I join and study in USA? How could I protect myself in USA as a international students so that I reassure myself before I leave my sweat home and caring family.
Well, as far as I know, if the US will be in recession, so will be most of the world, so the problem will likely not be limited to US schools. I am not sure if you can know from the beginning how the situation will affect your funding. I would imagine that if you go to a private university, the situation might be better than if you were to go to a public university.

Regarding discrimination: No one can answer that since we don't know how the situation will pan out due to the recession. I'm about to finish my bachelor's degree in the US as an Indian student and I did not face any discrimination over the last 3.5 years and haven't heard any such cases from my friends...You can protect yourself by not interacting with any human, ever, once you're here! Seriously, don't worry, I'm sure you'll find an equally loving and caring family here!

jabennett2194
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Re: Is it worthy to enroll in grad school in USA for 2020 after the pandemic COVID-19?

Post by jabennett2194 » Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:10 am

Another thing to consider, many schools (STEM in particular) have a sizeable majority of Asian students because they are usually categorically more qualified.
Thus you will likely encounter a great Asian community wherever you go :D

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Re: Is it worthy to enroll in grad school in USA for 2020 after the pandemic COVID-19?

Post by Nishikata » Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:31 am

I think the user phygre123 was more concerned about discrimination from the general public.
in graduate school, it is common to see that Asians form the majority. There is little to worry about.

For example, only 2 non-Asian graduate students are in Princeton's CMT group.
https://phy.princeton.edu/research/cond ... ter-theory

There is no concern about discrimination for being Asian there.

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Re: Is it worthy to enroll in grad school in USA for 2020 after the pandemic COVID-19?

Post by geekusprimus » Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:36 pm

If the economy doesn't recover very quickly, grad schools will probably have fewer positions available next year. Most schools are done with the main round of admissions for this year, so people who already got acceptances aren't likely to see them rescinded (unless they failed all their classes this semester, of course). As far as the worth of attending grad school here, looking at the economy now is a bad idea; if you're entering school in the fall, you won't be graduating until 2025 or so. There is the issue of continued funding to worry about, especially since grants and fellowship opportunities are probably going to be stingier for the next couple years. However, your first two years of graduate school will mostly be classes, and your typical graduate program will guarantee you funding, at least in the form of a teaching assistantship, for at least that long.

As far as discrimination is concerned, it's an unfortunate reality that some anti-Asian (specifically East Asian) sentiments have grown in the last couple months because of the coronavirus. Not long after the outbreak (and before things started shutting down left and right), a lot of Asian-owned stores and restaurants did lose a lot of business (unless they supplied toilet paper, that is) because of stupid people thinking that eating at a doughnut shop or shopping at a grocery store owned by Chinese immigrants would give them the coronavirus. This isn't as common in college towns already comfortable with large Asian populations, though, and I suspect the offending idiots will largely calm down when the virus finally runs its course (hopefully before the end of the summer).



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