Joel C

Academic Area:
Mathematics , College of Arts and Sciences

Wilmington, Delaware

Undergraduate Institution:
Morehouse College

What degree are you working toward?
The degree I am working towards is a PhD in mathematics.

Why did you choose graduate school at IU Bloomington?
I chose IU Bloomington for graduate school because I felt a positive atmosphere when I first visited the math department back in 2014.

What’s been your favorite academic accomplishment since you’ve been here?
My favorite academic accomplishment thus far at IU is when I managed to get an A in my PDE class during the fall 2015 semester. That was because I not only put in the hard work, but I did better than I originally expected after I took the final exam. My other favorite accomplishment is getting a plaque for the Herbert Fellowship I was awarded, because it helps remind what my goals are in graduate school.

What do you enjoy most about life in Bloomington?
Compared to the hustle and bustle that was Atlanta, GA (Morehouse College), I enjoy the peace and quiet in Bloomington. Not to mention I enjoy the pizza from Mother Bear’s Pizza, the giant pancakes at the Village Deli, and spending time with my friends and classmates outside of class.

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Summertime for Graduate Students: Should I be Idle?

Summertime can be a variety of things to different people. It can be a time of relaxation, a time to travel, a time to work, or a time to learn. However for graduate students, summer can be a battle of staying productive versus enjoying a mental vacation. Students are forced to ask themselves; do I take the whole summer off? Or do spend the entire season working? While there’s no definitive answer, one thing I learned from my academic advisor while attending Morehouse College, is that a student’s mind should never stay idle. As a result, I believe it’s important for graduate students to find a balance between work and relaxation during the summer, as they do during the school year.

One thing students can do to ensure their summer will be productive is to make of list of goals and work to stick to them to the best of their ability. Their goals could include things such as spending time with loved ones, taking a vacation, studying, or completing work on a research project. After identifying their goals, next, a student should consider applying for a summer job. An effective way to stay productive during the summer is to teach a course within their field of study. Being on campus for a portion of the summer can help a student stay motivated, as well as remain focused on completing his or her own work. Speaking from experience, managing time for both teaching (or working) and studying can be difficult. This past summer session, I taught a math course for several weeks while studying for my own qualifying exams. However, I effectively managed my time by creating a schedule that outlined deadlines to complete my goals on a weekly basis. Sticking to a summer schedule can help students stay organized and achieve their goals if they are committed to putting in the necessary effort.

When the summer begins to come to close and you see new students start arriving on campus for the first time, this is a good moment for reflection. Continue reading