<p>Here are my aspirations:
I want to become a College Professor, specializing in the field of Old English/Medieval Studies.</p>
<p>Here is my situation:
I came to America when I was 13. I'm currently at UCLA studying English(transfered from Irvine Valley Community College).</p>
<p>I'm currently on an E-2 Visa, under my parents. Once I turn 21, which is August of this year, my visa will expire and I will be debating whether to get an F-1 Visa, or become illegal here.</p>
<p>Now most English programs I've been looking into require me to be a T.A., which obviously will need me to have a SSN.
So getting an F-1 Visa would be ideal for me.</p>
<p>My question is:
What should I pursue? a PhD or M.A.? I already know what I want to study, so I dont really see the point of pursuing a M.A.
Since my GPA is so low for me to get into schools taht I want(such as UCLA/NYU/Northwestern/Brown/UCI) and I dont have any research experience, would it be better for me to get a Masters first?</p>
<p>Should I look into getting a PhD at lower ranking schools rather than getting a M.A.?</p>
<p>As a side note:
I'm trying to graduate from UCLA as soon as possible with a 3.5GPA and no research experience besides independent research. The reason I'm graduating from UCLA in 1 yr, after transfering, is due to financial situation.
(Since I have an E-2 under my parents I do not have a SSN, which means I get to financial aid, furthermore my brother is currently an international student at UCSB, also getting no financial aid)
I will be Graduating by Fall '12, which is when I plan to apply for Graduate School.
I will be studying for the GRE During Spring and be taking the test during Summer.</p>