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The Astronomy Career Game
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I applied to three graduate programs in astronomy and was accepted into one of them! I got the phone call from the Chairman of the Astronomy Department in March of my Senior year. I had been on pins and needles all winter wondering if my grades were good enough, and whether my Graduate Record Exam scores met the graduate school's standards.

The word was that they were excited that I had been such a self-motivated student while in college, undertaking a number of advanced projects in mathematics, general relativity and astrophysics. They no doubt expected me to do theoretical work in general relativity or cosmology with one of the Professors at the Department.

Sometimes it really pays to be determined to succeed despite the challenges!

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