Category Archives: Starting Grad Schol

Interviewing New International Math PhD Students

En route to my first year of graduate school, I packed up the three good pillows I have, moved a couple hundred miles, and planted myself in an apartment I had only seen in a grainy Face Time video. Hopefully … Continue reading

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Dear first year, this isn’t something you can plan for (Part 1)

I still remember how hopeful I was when I started. I had come off a high-performance undergraduate career, with a rockin’ CV full of contributed talks (including one at Joint Mathematics Meetings and the Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in … Continue reading

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What I wish I knew in the first two years

At the end of last summer, I had the pleasure of leading a pre-orientation for incoming graduate students. We had four three-hour meetings over the course week and our only main objective was to read through “Six ways to sum … Continue reading

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Applying to grad school? Here’s what you need to know: Part II

In my last post, I shared my experience with diving into grad school applications, as well as my advice for getting started with the application process. By now, you’ve hopefully decided whether (and why!) you’ll be applying to grad school, … Continue reading

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Applying to grad school? Here’s what you need to know: Part I

I put together my grad school applications when I was studying abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia, which meant that they were cobbled together in a string of internet cafes, fueled by little more than espresso and impatience. I dashed off … Continue reading

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