SymmetryOfImperfection Posted April 1, 2014 Share Posted April 1, 2014 (edited) I have been accepted by a top institution in physical chemistry/chemical physics. However, I'm not sure if this institution is for me. During my visit, I felt like I would not be able to bring out my full creative potential at this institution. Instead, I'll be just making samples, pressing buttons and analyzing data. I know I can graduate like this; I've done this stuff literally a thousand times. But I don't think I will be that passionate about it, since the “cool part" is not experimental, but rather doing the data analysis. Also, I feel like that would leave me with no hard, technical skills. It didn't help that a professor that I thought I was really interested in said something (technical) that made me feel a bit uncomfortable about whether it could even succeed in practice. At another lower ranked institution, a professor said I'll get to work on bringing a new technology into real world applications. But with that comes alot of actual engineering work - programming, optics and electronic hardware engineering. I only have one "engineering" style project under my belt, the rest of my work has been in the whole "make a sample, press a button, analyze data from machine" thing. I don't know if I can handle it. I don't know if I can make it work in a 4-5 year long project. I'm scared that midway I'll run into a wall that's decided by fundamental physical constraints on this technology or my own intellectual limits and there'll be nothing I can do about it. Another thing is that I'm not too keen on the applications of this technology. What should I do? Edited April 1, 2014 by SymmetryOfImperfection Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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