I want to apply for Ph.D. in Economics in HK, US or Europe, but I met a problem.
- I am Chinese. My undergraduate was in Peking University majoring in Economics. Though it's one of the best two universities in China, my performance was just average (3.5/4.0, where 3.5 is about 50% among my peers).
- I had several research assistant experiences, but they are basically dirty work, and the professors whom I worked for do not have strong foreign connections.
- I also conduct some individual researches, but they seem to be very naïve when I looks back one years later.
- My master is now in Hong Kong. It's a two year program. I am now in the 2nd semester of yr 1. I planned to polish my background before applying for Ph.D., that's why I am pursuing this master degree.
- Masters in my program can choose Ph.D. level courses, and I confidently did so, but unfortunately didn't achieve my goals. Due to inadaptation of the teaching speed, in the 1st semester, I got B in Ph.D. level Macroeconomics, B- in Ph.D. level Microeconomics , B- in Ph.D. level Econometrics. These are very bad signal when applying for Ph.D. in economics.
- I didn't fully understand the knowledge during the 1st semester, but I reviewed it again in the winter vacation, it didn't seem to be very difficult then. I asked the academic office but was told that I can't retake the same courses in year 2.
- I am currently working hard on: ① achieving better grades; ② producing some course papers to use as writing sample; ③ seeking RA opportunities with professors in my department.
- Are the deficiencies in my master's transcript irreparable? If not, what can I do?
(I have considered taking another 1-year master to get another transcript, but it will be expensive and time-consuming.)