on TIMES university ranking in 2011

As usual, I wandered on the Internet, seeing the TIMES university ranking in 2011. Then I checked the Chinese universities for curiosity and found PKU in 49th, TSU in 71st and USTC in 192nd (putting Hong Kong and Taiwan aside). There came the sudden sadness.

Just a few months ago, a student in our department went to the UT Austin (ranking 29). And one year ago, a classmate of mine was recommended for admission to be a PhD in the KIAA, PKU. Only me, myself seems to be where I was, without any progress. When I was deciding whether to accept the recommended for admission to be a master in our department, I thought this could be a chance to gain my personal research experience. If I have some literature published, I could get an admission from some better university in other countries. So I finally decided to stay in the department.
Although, honestly speaking, the ranking does not matter that much for a graduate student, and I should care more about the specific field ranking or even care about the specific mentor rather than the university ranking as a whole. The astrophysics ranking, of course, would be different from the TIMES’s university ranking. But, I still feel shame emotionally if I get an admission from the university ranking behind PKU in China. I would feel that I am a loser. “Even going aboard, the university you stay in are not as good as the friend does in China.”

I know, that sounds stupid. But that’s my true feeling.

In fact, the reason I feel like that is the fear, I think, namely the fear of the probable rejection by the top 49 universities on the ranking list. That is it definitely. Going deeper, I think that’s the lack of the skill or the lack of the effort I take. All in all, the primary reason is: I am not diligent enough. I(You) find the friends around have approximately the equal ability as I(you) do, and it is the diligence that makes us different in the end. Someone is still trying to find a job now and some are already getting admissions from some really good universities.

So I am far away from a diligent student IF I WANT TO GO TO THE TOP 49 UNIVERSITIES. I need to pay more, taking more time and efforts. But the procrastination stops me again and again from that. I think no one wants to be a loser. Me as well. So why not keep the sentences in mind. Remind myself again and again that I have a dream which is not far.

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  1. 看专业排名啊~专业排名应该很不一样的~




    1. 嗯,你说的对。其实这个排名不是最优化的。

  2. 这就是围城啊进去的想出去,出去的人想进来~最后其实发现无论在哪里,只要自己尽力做自己就够了。学校排名真的没什么,在什么地方的影响其实也不大,我现在在我这个专业排名全美第四的学校,我也没有觉得有什么特别特别的不同,都是一样的人,也没有觉得周围的人都是天才怎么的,也没有觉得系里的教授都是大神,他们也是很普通普通的人,上课讲错什么的不是常有的程度,而是每节课就要将错几次的程度,做的项目也是很踏实的很简单没有什么花哨的东西。学校环境什么的在怎么样也填补不了自己内心的不足。做好自己手里的事,成功是一样的。

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