capella Posted May 27, 2017 Share Posted May 27, 2017 I attended Virginia Tech majored in chemical engineering and graduated with GPA 3.86. I was thinking of studying more after graduation so I applied mostly top tier schools without any strong motivation after my junior year. I had been involved one of the research labs in my department and doing decent job in there. At that point, I didn't realize the importance of GRE and statement of purpose. I just thought that good GPA and research experiment would put me at least one of well-known schools. That was my stupid thought. As you imagine, I have only been admitted from Virginia Tech as a PhD student. The situation is a bit regretful. I could've put more effort more seriously. So, I have thought about preparing one more year for grad school and while I prepare I could participate research and rule out some lists that I would not like to do during PhD. Much people (including professors) around me were saying that "you can definitely go high-ranked schools and you are a very strong student". But, I doubted that I could do well since I was still struggling with what I really would like to do for my research. Honestly, I stepped down some applications while I was applying because I felt like I would be not a right person for that professor since I was not motivated in that field ( I think its a downside of applying for direct Ph.D. program). I actually accepted an offer and I have convinced myself that the computational research at Virginia tech would greatly helpful to prepare for upcoming 4th-industrial generation. My ultimate goal is to be in business management (becoming CEO not CTO). At the same time, I also would like to gain some skill sets as I am doing PhD to be an independent researcher (how greedy I am). I am not sure how the research experience for the next 4 years would help to be CEO. My question is that If I would like to be in industry, do you think I should go a high-ranked school and prepare one more year for that? or even should not go to grad school. Thanks Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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