Grebe Posted May 3, 2015 Share Posted May 3, 2015 Hi all, I need your advice. I went to all of my advisors and such, but I think you guys will give me a better idea. Before April 15th, I had received all of my acceptances and rejections. I accepted the best offer at the time which included a great stipend for my stay and the research is really awesome. I love my advisor (he's a cool dude). Every one is really nice at school X. I never met my cohort, unfortunately, so that's up in the air. Recently, I received an offer of a research assistantship to school Y. This was a school I was originally rejected from, but this offer is in a different department than the one I applied to originally. I don't have a strong background in this discipline (it's an engineering discipline; I'm in physics). This advisor has connections to places I want to work, and I am very excited about the more direct applications and connections towards my desired career goal than school X has. Considering that I've already accepted the offer to school X, how bad would it be to go back on my acceptance? Is there a polite way to do this? I think I may be more inherently interested in the program at school Y, but I am disadvantaged in my academic background. My research interests, however, are more in line with this advisor. I would probably be at school Y for a longer amount of time than school X. I am not necessarily worried about burning bridges, since I will be moving across disciplines and am unlikely to interact with people with connections to advisor X. Condensed Version: Accepted school X (good stipend, great research, same discipline as undergrad). Received offer from school Y (after initial rejection, research more in line with future career goal. Disadvantaged due to academic background. Would have to switch disciplines). What do? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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