I'm an applied math/econ major in the U.S. and am looking into pursuing a masters degree in applied math. This term curiosity got the best of me and I decided to take abstract algebra and I am not doing well at all in the class. Somehow my professor convinced me to stay and now I am heading closer to C territory after two atrocious midterms. I am wondering:
How will applied math grad schools look at a C in this class? I mean I've gotten 1 other B but the rest of my grades are all A's. In fact I am doing better in Real Analysis than in this class! (shocking, i know.) A few professors I talked to have said that since this is a pure class and it takes some people some time to understand these concepts so admissions might just shrug it off if everything else looks great.
If I do get a C how can I compensate for this grade? I'm taking a grad class in quantum computing concurrently and doing really well. if I take another grad course that uses abstract algebra (i.e. model theory) will it be enough to demonstrate to admissions that I am still worth considering as an applicant?
I have quite a bit of research experience, studied math abroad and did well and will continue to do more math next term. But if I don't get into a grad school of my choice how can I repair this grade if it tanks in the future?
Please offer some suggestions as I am literally putting in every ounce of energy to resuscitate this grade...