tschlich Posted March 27, 2014 Share Posted March 27, 2014 Here's the scenario, boiled down: School A: I have one school that has a potential dream situation going on: Fantastic program, I'd be working with a big name in the field, well-funded, whose interests intersect precisely with mine, and all of the grad students there love him as a mentor (he has a fairly small lab) The problem is, this school does rotations, and I'm not guaranteed a spot in his lab. I may be the only one doing a rotation with him, or I may be one of three or so people competing for a spot, who knows. He has stated that he generally looks for 1-2 students to add per year. The other professors in the department certainly catch my interest, and I think I could be happy in such a scenario, but the research doesn't quite fit and I'd be potentially looking at a very different career path. School B: This school has a young assistant professor who's really pushing for me to come there, and him and I got along really well. Funding lined up, frequent correspondence with the PI, happy grad students, the research is great fit but not a perfect one. Do I risk it, have faith in my own abilities, and shoot for the dream situation at school A or play it safe with school B? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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