Tag Archives: Advice

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

Posted in Advice, Grad student life, Starting Grad Schol | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Advice, Grad School, Jobs, Math Teaching | Tagged , | 3 Comments

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

Posted in Advice, Grad School, Grad student life | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Advice, Grad School, Grad student life, Starting Grad Schol | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

SMART

As math graduate students, we often get teaching assignments from our departments, some of us tutor independently for financial reasons, and some volunteer to teach at local schools or libraries. Teaching is an inseparable part of our job/life. But that is where … Continue reading

Posted in Advice, Math Education, Math Teaching, staying organized, Teaching | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment