I have lost my TA position in a US public university after my first year. I was not kicked out but lost my funding due to poor TA performance. I got a 4 GPA and As in all my assignments.

My family is not millionaire but my mother and grandmother offered me to pay my tuition (19k a year) plus living expenses (10k for a 9 month academic period). They have a small profitable business in Latin America. Yes I am a foreigner. They told me I MUST finish what I started; otherwise, I will not be able to do anything in the future.

But I have contacted my advisor and he told me that even though I am allowed to continue the PhD with my own funding, the graduate committee is still a little upset with me because of my poor performance.

How should I approach the committee? Will they make my studies more trouble and more difficult?

On the other hand, my advisor and many people say it is not a good idea to pay for a US PhD.

I really want to finish that program, not only for my family support and encouragement. I also like my research field, though my university is not well known and all grad students are funded by TAships. No one has an RAship in my program.

If I don't have to be a TA, will that help me produce better research?

Anyway, I do not intend to get a US tenure position anyway. I will probably end up with running the business of my mother and grand mother in my country. But I do really love science and my field.

closed as off-topic by Brian Borchers, Brian Tompsett - 汤莱恩, user3209815, jakebeal, RoboKaren Jun 29 '16 at 14:06

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    We can't make a decision for you, we can't predict the future actions of the graduate committee, and we can't predict your future research productivity, so what exactly are you asking us? – ff524 Jun 29 '16 at 1:43
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    You lost your funding because of your bad TA performance, but a PhD is all about research. I cannot understand why the committee would be upset if your research was going fine? Not being a TA will give you more time to do research. – user18244 Jun 29 '16 at 4:53
  • @user18244 First year Ph.D in the US was almost certainly all coursework, no research work. – mkennedy Jul 1 '16 at 18:42

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