I am getting really good comments from my Depression thread (How often do you feel depressed and doubt your life choice?) so I decided to post my profile here, in hope of getting more constructive suggestions. I go to small liberal arts school, tried different things but temporarily settled with the idea of an econ PhD. I had zero research experience and know little about this profession and myself. Nor do I know my real chance of getting into anywhere, even though my profs seems to be think optimistically.
I thought about take a year off and do research assistant to boost my chance, but that's too much complication and time sacrifice just to get into a PhD. I think I might be better off just go into a second tier PhD(if I can), try really hard, and if I don't like it after one or two years I will run away.
I am fine with abstract thinking, as I tend to do well in advance math class. (My math professor said that I am capable of doing a Math PhD, even thought I know it's definitely not for me). I do enjoy intellectual conversation and the atmosphere of doing research(at least as I read about). But I am terrible at self-discipline, and when I lose interest I am disgustingly unmotivated. In terms of my passion, I want to USE economics. I dont see myself end up being a professor and writing paper or applying for grant any that sort of stuff for my entire life.
I have been trying to find everything people say about PhD, and I got a lot of useful information from you folks. But, what's my chance of getting into anywhere? Or am I mentally and emotionally unprepared?
Type of Undergrad:
50-100 liberal arts college
equivalent to 670V+800Q
Analysis 1&2 (A), Abstract Algebra 1(Group theory) (A), Abstract Algebra 2(Ring and Field) (A-), Differential Equations A, Math Modeling A,
Probability A, Statistics B, Intro to Proof A, Linear Algebra A, Calculus A
International Econ Seminar (A), Industrial Organization(A), Labor econ seminar(), Intermediate Micro(A -), Intermediate Macro(A)
Many, but irrelevant to Econ Phd.
Letters of Recommendation:
Math Professor, Econ Professor. Should be strong and personalized (like many other liberal arts applicants), but not from big names.
No previous ones. Working on one this summer.
Hard to say at this stage.