whybanana Posted March 5, 2017 Share Posted March 5, 2017 I'm graduating soon and I feel like I'm constantly on the brink of a meltdown. I want to pursue a PhD more than anything, but my GPA is really holding me back. Though I go to a top institution, and have taken Honors courses in almost every STEM course, my GPA is stuck at approximately 3.25, which might go up to a 3.3 by the time I graduate. I have a very high GRE, but it seems like most people do anyway. I know that I am capable of much more. My story is not unique, and I don't like excuses, but I lost someone very dear to me during my first semester of college, and continued to suffer the loss (and other personal issues) for the next two years. By the end of junior year, I had gotten a handle on some of these issues and managed to boost my grades. I'm currently running my own research project, and have amazing recommendations from professors I have done research with. I am extremely close to being first author on a high impact journal publication (of a project I conceived and designed; to be published later this year), and am a very well respected member of the research community at my university. I did not apply to PhD programs because I felt that they were too much of a reach, considering my GPA. I have a few remaining options: 1. I was offered a research position at the lab I currently work at, but I'm not sure if I want to take it. 2. I'm applying to top UK one-year research programs, but I'm not sure if they will take me because of my grades. 3. I might apply to a Masters program in the US to boost my grades in preparation for a PhD application. What should I do? I'm terrified that I'll be left with no chance at a PhD in the next two years. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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