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A Reflection on Giving Talks

Acknowledgments: Special THANKS to Matthias Beck, Ben Braun, Pamela Harris, Max Hlavacek, Mariel Supina, Julie Vega, and the Discrete Geometry Group/The Villa at FU Berlin. I recently came back from a research visit to the Freie Universität in Berlin where … 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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The Sliding Scale of Academia

When I start thinking about where I am going in the future – or when someone asks me the age-old question, “What do you want to do when you graduate?” – I hesitate to answer. My hesitation is well-warranted. It … Continue reading

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Freedom in Failure

“Preliminary examination results: Fail. Please meet with your committee members to discuss your exam.” These are the words I have seen five out of the six times I’ve opened an envelope after pouring my soul into studying for a prelim … 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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