Advice from Karen E. Smith for graduate students in math

“Start where you are at, and don’t compare yourself to others. Work hard, get help, and stay on the path. Sometimes you will fail. That’s OK…Do lots of calculations and examples, be curious, be solid on the basics. Also, remember to take care of yourself… Find advice and mentoring from many different people at different places in their careers and even in different careers… soothe a lot of anxiety by helping others.” Read about her life path and math in Notices of the AMS August issue at (Photo of Karen E. Smith ©Eric Bronson, Michigan Photography.)