What you have done after graduating from Bryn Mawr?
Since graduating in 2012 I've held a variety of positions mainly within education. I spent the first two years teaching engineering mathematics and Spanish in Singapore at Ngee Ann Polytechnic as a Princeton-in-Asia fellow. It was a transformative experience that allowed me to give back while traveling extensively throughout Southeast Asia. Afterwards, I managed the operations of a Chinese restaurant for a year before becoming a temporary office manager at a turnaround charter school in Boston. Both experiences let me dive into the world of operations and management, but I missed the gratification that comes from helping students learn. I returned to the world of academics in May as a remote test prep expert at Magoosh, where I help students to study for the GRE and the GMAT. Magoosh is an amazing ed-tech startup that provides fun, affordable and accessible test prep to students of more than 185 nations through its online platform. Haven taken the time to explore different interests. I'm ready to apply to graduate programs this fall in education technology.
How does math connect with your current occupation?
Math is a huge part of my current job since I help students tackle the quantitative section of the GRE and GMAT, which are indeed tricky! The strong analytical and critical-thinking skills I acquired as a mathematics major also transfer to breaking down the logic of the verbal section of these exams. As I look to graduate school, I know that my strong math foundation will help with the algorithmic part of programming.
How has your math experience at Bryn Mawr prepared you for your current position and life after Bryn Mawr?
I like to think that a math proof is analogous to life after Bryn Mawr. You dedicate time, determination, and your creative powers to solving a question, and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. It's extremely rewarding when you figure out the solution, but that perseverance regardless of whether you succeed or not initially is the key to long-term success. Recognizing there are multiple ways to tackle a problem — whether in math or in the workplace — is also clutch!
Are there any memories of the Math Department you wish to share with current majors or prospective students?
I have lots of fond memories of my time at Bryn Mawr. The support and "yes, you can" mentality of the department make mathematics accessible to all students. Even non-math majors love the math classes at Bryn Mawr — that's quite telling!
Do you have any advice for current math majors?
My advice to current math majors is to take advantage of classes outside of the department at Haverford or elsewhere. It's always a good idea to be well-rounded in your learning. Also, have fun while you're in college! Life is more than just your academic record. =)