Category Archives: Grad student advice

What I needed to hear, but no one said

Currently, I am in the second year of my PhD program at Emory University. In 2018, after graduating from my undergraduate institution with a double major in mathematics and English writing, I began attending Wake Forest University for my masters … Continue reading

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Mid Semester Reflection – The Midterm Struggle is Real

Midterm season: two words that send a chill down any student’s spine. I have survived this Fall 2021 midterm season; however, I cannot say the same for my grades or mental health. The number of tears I have shed in … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Dr. Andrea Arauza Rivera

About five years ago when I was an undergraduate student at California State University, Fullerton, I had the opportunity to participate in an intensive summer program called Preparing Undergraduates through Mentoring towards Ph.D.’s (PUMP). PUMP is particularly aimed at minority … Continue reading

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Rebranding your relationship with graduate school

Here is some advice I’ve gained prior to and during my first year of graduate school: Choosing a PI/thesis advisor Before I started my graduate studies, the single piece of advice that I heard the most was: “Finding a research … Continue reading

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Challenges as a First-Generation Graduate Student

The following list is non-exhaustive and speaks to my own experience as a first-generation graduate student in mathematics. After participating in the Math SWAGGER program last summer, I realized that many of these experiences are actually shared by other first-generation … Continue reading

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