stringbreaker

10-19-2014, 03:59 AM

I'm a sophomore at a top 60 econ school. I'm a double major in math and economics, and I'm looking into economic graduate school (I've read some papers of professors here and I really enjoy going over them and coming up with my own questions, and other reasons). I'm just really concerned about how my math grades will stack up in the end. My second semester of freshman year was horrendous for a variety of reasons (It was a cross between taking on a job for extra cash to pay rent, taking 19 credit hours with several upper division courses, and a lot of personal matters back home that caused a lot of stress). This resulted in B- in linear algebra (I understood the material, but had no clue how to do proofs on the final since there was none to be expected. I got an 85% in the class, but negative curve I guess) and a B in probability (Similar reasons for the other class. No idea how to do proofs). It's not as if I didn't understand the material, but of course ad coms aren't going to buy that.

I'm now in real analysis and statistics. Statistics is going just fine for me; no worries there. As for real analysis.. I learned how to do proofs over the summer and gaining more experience with them in my homework. I have my first exam coming up, and I'm scared to death because I'm slow with my proofs. The hardest ones on my homework can take a solid day of off and on thought to complete. The exams (midterm and final) are worth 80% of my grade, so of course I'm really worried that simply not being fast with my proofs will cost my dearly.

Now, the one thing I have going for me right now is my experience with research already. I got a light-duty RAship second semester last year, and this semester I picked up two more. I REALLY enjoy doing the research, and have questions of my own.

I guess my overall question is... how much will research experience help offset a good-but-not-great math student? I'm still going to be putting all the effort I can into my math courses, but this is more of a worst case scenario question I suppose.

I'm now in real analysis and statistics. Statistics is going just fine for me; no worries there. As for real analysis.. I learned how to do proofs over the summer and gaining more experience with them in my homework. I have my first exam coming up, and I'm scared to death because I'm slow with my proofs. The hardest ones on my homework can take a solid day of off and on thought to complete. The exams (midterm and final) are worth 80% of my grade, so of course I'm really worried that simply not being fast with my proofs will cost my dearly.

Now, the one thing I have going for me right now is my experience with research already. I got a light-duty RAship second semester last year, and this semester I picked up two more. I REALLY enjoy doing the research, and have questions of my own.

I guess my overall question is... how much will research experience help offset a good-but-not-great math student? I'm still going to be putting all the effort I can into my math courses, but this is more of a worst case scenario question I suppose.