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calmpythagoras
Posts: **14**Registered User New Member

I'm currently studying mechanical engineering in a reputed Indian college. We've sent grads to some of the best colleges in the US.

However, I don't like mechanical engineering at all!! I'm a hardcore math freak.....and have been that way since high school. I blog about math and some other issues that catch my eye- Vicissitudes

I really want to do my masters/PhD in math from the US. I don't have a spectacular CGPA by a far shot- mostly because I really don't like the courses I've been coerced to take. There's no way I can change now either.

What should I do to get into a good math program in the US for graduate studies?

I can post some of my stats if that will give you a better picture of who I am. Thanks a ton! :)

However, I don't like mechanical engineering at all!! I'm a hardcore math freak.....and have been that way since high school. I blog about math and some other issues that catch my eye- Vicissitudes

I really want to do my masters/PhD in math from the US. I don't have a spectacular CGPA by a far shot- mostly because I really don't like the courses I've been coerced to take. There's no way I can change now either.

What should I do to get into a good math program in the US for graduate studies?

I can post some of my stats if that will give you a better picture of who I am. Thanks a ton! :)

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## Replies to: Sorry for wasting your time

14Registered User New Member1. CGPA-6.43/10

2. College- BITS Pilani, one of the leading engineering colleges in India

3. Math related- Singapore Math Olympiad bronze, IB 7 in Math HL, my IB teacher thought I was the greatest, etc.

4. Bad grades (B ad C-) in engineering math courses because I generally don't open my engineering text books very often. And I hate the application-oriented engineering approach to maths

5. I'm in my second year, and for the past year, I've spent hours studying advanced math books instead of attending classes. I've studied topology, abstract algebra, number theory and analysis. I studied a bazillion topology text books before I finally found one that explained the concepts like water. I was stuck on elementary concepts for months....I've worked hard on and for my math.

14Registered User New Member9,532Registered User Senior MemberAmerican students whose math background is stronger than their undergraduate transcript would suggest often spend a year "visiting" a math department, taking advanced courses (either as a non-degree-seeking student or as an auditor) and talking to professors. That gives them a chance to "prove themselves" and get letters of recommendation from mathematicians who can attest to their math knowledge.

That's a huge red flag. Low grades in engineering math courses undermine your credibility as a math student, and they also raise concerns about whether you can

work withmath. A lot of undergraduate "pure math" is verifying tautologies, but eventually you'll need to be able to do the same computations an engineer would do - just more rigorously.14Registered User New MemberHere in India, professors tell us directly "just learn the formulae, do the sums, get good marks, and have good careers". The tests are completely formula-based, and ANYONE can score really well on these exams without understanding anything!!! There're just a couple of questions which are not directly from the textbook with just the values changed (sometimes not even that).

It's because of personal disgust at this that I don't do the math taught here. But if it is that much of a concern, i CAN study and get much better grades. Anyone can. But will that prove anything??

379Registered User Member14Registered User New MemberPlease remember I have loads and loads of free time to devote to math. I never go for classes, and am always holed up in my room, reading math texts......might sound horrendous, but there. If you read my blog, you'll realize it's a critical analysis of some undergrad math concepts, in which I try to assess whether a proof could have been written in a better way...what thinking must have led to this proof/concept, etc. I've been doing this for a little longer, but have started blogging recently to preserve these strands of thought.

379Registered User Member14Registered User New MemberHowever, most people here are just concerned with marks. We have a professor who sometimes teaches things beyond the syllabus, and he's universally abused for wasting our time because the things he teaches won't "come in the exam", hence he's wasting our time.

I suppose that is the reason why I don't study the curriculum in our college. Will that even approach a justification for my CGPA in my college essay?

379Registered User MemberAnyways, I don't know if that will really justify why you have made those choices, but it is at least some reasoning for them. You should just apply to the schools you want to get into and hope for the best based off where you end up at grade-wise when you graduate! Just persevere through the more boring coursework, get the grades up and be persistent to do some work with some math professors and you should have a better chance.