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CavityQED

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  1. Thanks for the advice! I thought I'd just update you all on an option I figured out with my international office in case anyone is in the same boat in the future. I'm fortunate enough to be able to work on TN status for NAFTA citizens so for any Canadians or Mexicans out there in the same boat this may be a cheaper and more flexible option.
  2. I completely get where you're coming from, however Berkeley is just as well regarded as MIT inside the field of physics. I think the best way to go about this is to ask yourself about what the goal of your PhD is. Are you envisioning it as a tool to get a job in finance? Or do you want to pursue industry/academia? I think the answer will guide you to determining the path that's most conducive to reaching your goal. That's not to say that you'll never change your mind in the process. Also you mention you'll be happier at MIT because of the people, but will the research be good enough as well, because that will be your primary focus for 5-7 years. I've known a handful of grad students at my current school who came in wanting to work in high energy theory and they ended up having to leave 3-4 years in because they couldn't find a faculty advisor (I should add that our physics department is one of the best in the world too) so even at good schools, making sure that you'll have someone to work with and look out for you is important. Just my two cents. You have great options and ultimately I don't think there's a wrong choice. GL!
  3. Kind of an old thread but I didn't know where else to post this. I'm graduating from my undergrad institution this year (Canadian in the US) and will be starting in a PhD program in the fall also in the US. However, I'd like to work in my undergrad lab for a month to 6 weeks after graduation. I was told that I could apply for OPT (but that would cost $410 and take up to 90 days to process--which is around the time I would want to leave). Has anyone been in this situation and have any suggestions for staying in the US and working legally, preferably paid but would consider unpaid?