I am a hopeless and frustrated university student in second year.I do not know whether I should stay in math major with low GPA?What are the signs indicating the need of a change of major?I seems to be weak in math ability compared with others.In addition, sleep and concentration problem plague me a lot.In the beginning of undergraduate education, I indeed had passion in math.But afterwards, things turn badly.Maybe one reason is lack of sleep and bad habits.I have to travel a long way between college and my home every day.I skip lectures a lot in order to give more time to self-study and doing assignments.Due to this unpleasant undergraduate experience, I sometimes have the thought of dropout.(or waiting to be forced to leave)
Maybe I should take math as an amateur interest?Maybe I should leave the university?If the situation continues like this ,sometimes I think I would end up with being a waiter or cashier struggling to make a living as the employability of math students (especially pure math students with low GPA) seems to be low.What changes should I try to make?I think after this semester my average cumulative GPA will fall below 3 or even worse.I think my undergraduate experience reduces to “waiting to be assessed”.Most of time I just study alone.I feel like the only things I gain from university is the resources of library and a quiet place to study.What is the implications of entering the job market before re-entering university?

First off apologies if this is in the wrong section, I’m new to this site. I had a few questions regarding graduate school admissions, so I figured this would be the right place to ask.

Basically I’m in a dilemma. I’m currently wrapping up my bachelor in mathematics this semester, and was considering applying for schools this year. However my advisor recommended that if I want to get into a top 15 institution I should finish a masters first due to our school being relatively unknown. I have already taken his advice and started my masters in mathematics, and I should have that complete by next year’s application cycle. Now my question is will the masters make that big of a difference with regards to my application, or would I have been better off just applying to mid-tier schools this time around and save the tuition money/time?

The rest of my application looks roughly like this (so far at least):

Math B.A., Chemistry B.A., Math M.A.

UG GPA: 3.6 overall, 3.95 in math,

Grad GPA: 3.8 (so far)

I have done two research projects, one of which is in the works of getting published the other is ongoing and quite extensive in numerical analysis.

GRE/Subject GRE – Have yet to take, will do so soon.

Recommendation Letters: Two professors with degrees from top 15 schools, one of which I have taken many courses with and done research with. Also the chair of the department.

Thank you, and once again sorry if this is in the wrong section.

I am a hopeless and frustrated university student in second year.I do not know whether I should stay in math major with low GPA?What are the signs indicating the need of a change of major?I seems to be weak in math ability compared with others.In addition, sleep and concentration problem plague me a lot.In the beginning of undergraduate education, I indeed had passion in math.But afterwards, things turn badly.Maybe one reason is lack of sleep and bad habits.I have to travel a long way between college and my home every day.I skip lectures a lot in order to give more time to self-study and doing assignments.Due to this unpleasant undergraduate experience, I sometimes have the thought of dropout.(or waiting to be forced to leave)
Maybe I should take math as an amateur interest?Maybe I should leave the university?If the situation continues like this ,sometimes I think I would end up with being a waiter or cashier struggling to make a living as the employability of math students (especially pure math students with low GPA) seems to be low.What changes should I try to make?I think after this semester my average cumulative GPA will fall below 3 or even worse.I think my undergraduate experience reduces to “waiting to be assessed”.Most of time I just study alone.I feel like the only things I gain from university is the resources of library and a quiet place to study.What is the implications of entering the job market before re-entering university?

I am a hopeless and frustrated university student in second year.I do not know whether I should stay in math major with low GPA?What are the signs indicating the need of a change of major?I seems to be weak in math ability compared with others.In addition, sleep and concentration problem plague me a lot.In the beginning of undergraduate education, I indeed had passion in math.But afterwards, things turn badly.Maybe one reason is lack of sleep and bad habits.I have to travel a long way between college and my home every day.I skip lectures a lot in order to give more time to self-study and doing assignments.Due to this unpleasant undergraduate experience, I sometimes have the thought of dropout.(or waiting to be forced to leave)
Maybe I should take math as an amateur interest?Maybe I should leave the university?If the situation continues like this ,sometimes I think I would end up with being a waiter or cashier struggling to make a living as the employability of math students (especially pure math students with low GPA) seems to be low.What changes should I try to make?I think after this semester my average cumulative GPA will fall below 3 or even worse.I think my undergraduate experience reduces to “waiting to be assessed”.Most of time I just study alone.I feel like the only things I gain from university is the resources of library and a quiet place to study.

First off apologies if this is in the wrong section, I’m new to this site. I had a few questions regarding graduate school admissions, so I figured this would be the right place to ask.

Basically I’m in a dilemma. I’m currently wrapping up my bachelor in mathematics this semester, and was considering applying for schools this year. However my advisor recommended that if I want to get into a top 15 institution I should finish a masters first due to our school being relatively unknown. I have already taken his advice and started my masters in mathematics, and I should have that complete by next year’s application cycle. Now my question is will the masters make that big of a difference with regards to my application, or would I have been better off just applying to mid-tier schools this time around and save the tuition money/time?

The rest of my application looks roughly like this (so far at least):

Math B.A., Chemistry B.A., Math M.A.

UG GPA: 3.6 overall, 3.95 in math,

Grad GPA: 3.8 (so far)

I have done two research projects, one of which is in the works of getting published the other is ongoing and quite extensive in numerical analysis.

GRE/Subject GRE – Have yet to take, will do so soon.

Recommendation Letters: Two professors with degrees from top 15 schools, one of which I have taken many courses with and done research with. Also the chair of the department.

Thank you, and once again sorry if this is in the wrong section.

I am a university student.I do not know whether I should stay in math major with low GPA?What are the signs indicating the need of a change of major?I seems to be weak in math ability compared with others.In addition, sleep and concentration problem plague me a lot.In the beginning of undergraduate education, I indeed had passion in math.But afterwards, things turn badly.Maybe one reason is lack of sleep and bad habits.I have to travel a long way between college and my home every day.I skip lectures a lot in order to give more time to self-study and doing assignments.Due to this unpleasant undergraduate experience, I sometimes have the thought of dropout.(or waiting to be forced to leave)
Maybe I should take math as an amateur interest?Maybe I should leave the university?If the situation continues like this ,sometimes I think I would end up with being a waiter or cashier struggling to make a living as the employability of math students (especially pure math students with low GPA) seems to be low.What changes should I try to make?

Morris Kline’s Why The Professor Can’t Teach mentions many problems in current mathematical education in university. The author said the D.A. in mathematics degree was born to solve these problems. But I noticed that there are only three universities that have this degree in the U.S. (even in the world). They are

  1. Carnegie Mellon University,
  2. University of Illinois at Chicago and
  3. Idaho State University.

I even heard an associate professor in CMU said they want to halt this degree. So my question is, has the D.A. degree in math been taken seriously?

Morris Kline’s Why The Professor Can’t Teach mentions many problems in current mathematical education in university. The author said the D.A. in mathematics degree was born to solve these problems. But I noticed that there are only three universities that have this degree in the U.S. (even in the world). They are

  1. Carnegie Mellon University,
  2. University of Illinois at Chicago and
  3. Idaho State University.

I even heard an associate professor in CMU said they want to halt this degree. So my question is, has the D.A. degree in math been taken seriously?

I am in my third year at a highly ranked University and I have realized I have all the credits I need to graduate this year. I am a math major and until recently I was planning on pursuing a PhD in Math after graduation. I have taken a few graduate level courses in mathematics and I have some math research experience and (hopefully) a paper submitted by the winter.

I had a recent change of heart and despite not having taken many computer science classes I realized I would rather go into a computer science field (Perhaps software development). I have only taken a few introductory courses in the computer science department but I am working on (coding) a research project in a computational genetics laboratory (essentially doing bioinformatics). I am now stuck with a few options and I cannot seem to decide which path would be a wiser choice.

I could graduate a year early, and go to a alright/mediocre school (seeing as I do not have all of the class requirements to be a competitive candidate at a top program) and pursue a Masters degree in computer science.

Alternatively I could stay a fourth year at my current institution and complete a major in computer science as well as math.

Obviously there is not one clear better path but input on the pro’s and con’s of each would be helpful.