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    Pass/Fail due to corona

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    I am an ug in europe planning to apply for phd in the next 2 years. I take 5 classes in this semester. 3 of them are intermediate macroeconomic theory 1 (eric sims), mathematics for economists (simon blume) and Linear algebra and differential equations.
    I am pretty sure that I will ace all of these courses but my other 2 courses are microeconomic theory 1 and statistics 1 and I will probably pass these courses with b-/b because of high level course work and I couldn't focus on them because I need to take care of my grandparents. If I had time I would probably get an A from those courses too. I can use pass/fail option at the end of the semester for these 2 courses and it won't affect my GPA. However, I don't think this would be good in my transcript. What should I do? My current gpa is 3.80 and I am in my second year. Moreover, I am pretty sure I can take A's in microeconomic theory 2 and statistics 2 in the next year but corona ruined everything.

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    Re: Pass/Fail due to corona

    Given that Pass/Fail is elective at your school, and that you will keep only a subset of your grades, any class that shows up as Pass/Fail will certainly be interpreted as a low grade.

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    Re: Pass/Fail due to corona

    Quote Originally Posted by Zubrus View Post
    Given that Pass/Fail is elective at your school, and that you will keep only a subset of your grades, any class that shows up as Pass/Fail will certainly be interpreted as a low grade.
    So you say there is no way to compensate those courses? Because I am pretty sure I can get straight A's from micro2 and statistics 2. I am pretty good with linear algebra so I can get an A from econometrics. This year conditions were extraordinary and everybody knows that. It is not because I didn't know how to maximize a basic utility function.

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    Re: Pass/Fail due to corona

    The fact is that you got a B, regardless of what you claim to know or don't know. That's the truth of the matter. If you want to hear that adcoms will be more understanding, it's unlikely that it'll be the case. That being said, while you can't do anything about that grade, you can help bolster your profile by doing well in other courses. PhD admissions is a dispassionate affair.

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    Re: Pass/Fail due to corona

    Quote Originally Posted by tutonic View Post
    The fact is that you got a B, regardless of what you claim to know or don't know. That's the truth of the matter. If you want to hear that adcoms will be more understanding, it's unlikely that it'll be the case. That being said, while you can't do anything about that grade, you can help bolster your profile by doing well in other courses. PhD admissions is a dispassionate affair.
    Can ıntro to proofs and real analysis class compensate for this or any other well done class? Just because some guy from China eat a bat and caused me to fai a one of the basics classes of the curriculum implies I lost my chances really ? I am pretty sure there are many cases like me.

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    Re: Pass/Fail due to corona

    Quote Originally Posted by booker31 View Post
    Can ıntro to proofs and real analysis class compensate for this or any other well done class? Just because some guy from China eat a bat and caused me to fai a one of the basics classes of the curriculum implies I lost my chances really ? I am pretty sure there are many cases like me.
    Doing well in other PhD-level courses will undoubtedly help your profile, as will any rigorous math courses. That being said, while it is true that there will be many cases like you, there are also as many cases of people who continue to score As.

    The gist of it all is that you shouldn't expect adcoms to be as sympathetic as you want them to be. If they end up being sympathetic, it'll work to your favour, but it isn't prudent to hope for them to cut you some slack, since there will always be applicants who still manage to do well for the courses taken this year, during the period of the coronavirus.

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    Re: Pass/Fail due to corona

    Quote Originally Posted by booker31 View Post
    Just because some guy from China eat a bat and caused me to fai a one of the basics classes of the curriculum implies I lost my chances really ? I am pretty sure there are many cases like me.
    Omg that is borderline racist, wow.

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