When I first met my husband, he had just attended the wedding of his ex-girlfriend of six years. He told me about that unsteady Sliding Doors– type feeling during the toasts and comments about the bride, because he knew all of those inside jokes and funny quirks that make her so lovable (and she is great!) It’s a “that could’ve been me” feeling- not a “that should be me”, but just, if the sun came out a minute later one day or the toast wasn’t burned another day or you had stopped to talk to that student, everything could’ve been different. That’s an approximation of how I’ve felt at these meetings.
Hi! I’m Yen, professional writer and JMM 2019 blogger and also math Ph.D. An old REU friend I hadn’t seen in ten years asked me yesterday what piece I am most proud of, and I told her it was this one in the Notices:
I'm "Making an Impact: Transitioning from Math PhD to Journalist" in the Notices of the @amermathsoc today: https://t.co/OjF8W96YvV. I talk about @AAASMassMedia and my kids and have a public existential crisis!
— Yen Duong, Ph.D. (@yenergy) November 16, 2018
So, true to form, I’ll write about my innermost personal thoughts in a public forum. Read more