Andrew Magrath (biggrumpy) wrote,
Andrew Magrath

This Bodes Poorly...

Today I got some upsetting news. The University of Pittsburgh did not accept me. This bodes poorly as Pitt. had the highest acceptance rate and I considered them my "safety" school. It is making me question the wisdom of my whole, "study something in graduate school which is catty-corner to what you did as an undergrad" theory. It is particularly troubling combined with my conversations with the Berkeley Prof who said a strong philosophy background was required to enter the program. I fear I may have two more "I regret to inform you that..." letters coming my way. Which would leave me dead in the water.

I don't know what I will do if this plan doesn't work out. I would still like to teach at the university level. Taking pictures of the recent lunar eclipse has helped reinvigorate my passion for astronomy, and got me thinking that if I did not get into a Philosophy of Science program I should go a more traditional route -- bunker down, beef up on some calculus and physics, and take the dreaded physics GREs. Beefing up on calculus/physics probably means I should take some college courses again to really do it right, but if I was going to pick up a few courses maybe I should just do a few philosophy courses and reapply to the Philosophy of Science program in a year or two. Yet a third option is to again go a little catty-corner and look into a history of science program. Yet another option is to become a high school physics or mathematics teacher. My old physics teacher is retiring this year to boot.

Arg! The problem is I want to lecture. I really loved that aspect of teaching in Japan. Physics courses are not really lecture based -- at least not in the same way a philosophy course or history course is lecture based. Yet, I don't want to simply throw away my science background I want synthesis! My physics background is something I am deeply proud of and helps define me and my worldview. I just want to do both, but maybe I don't have the tool set needed. I don't know.

What am I going to do?

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