Division of Science





Department of Mathematics
The City College of New York
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031

Phone: (212) 650-5346
Fax: (212) 650-6294

Sarah Van accepted to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for her Ph.D

I had a rough start as an undergraduate at CCNY, but I was able to pick myself up from the mistakes that I made during my first year. My desire to study mathematics and all the people that have supported me throughout my undergraduate years, helped me get this far. I am now graduating soon, and this fall I will be starting my Ph.D. in Pure Mathematics at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

I want to thank Tai-Danae Bradley for the push she gave me in the summer of my freshman year to start thinking about my future goals in mathematics. She led me to Jason Redman, who helped me select a suitable mentor for me. I want to thank Jason for all his help as well. Because of Jason, I was able to learn about many opportunities that I wouldn’t have known about otherwise. I want to give a very huge thanks to Professor Khalid Bou-Rabee for mentoring me for several years during my undergraduate years, and for believing in me and helping me lift myself up when I was struggling. A huge portion of my success is due to Professor Bou-Rabee’s mentorship. I also want to thank all the professors who have taught me during my years at CCNY. I learned a lot from their lectures and I appreciated every faculty member’s unique teaching style. I am so glad to have been a student at CCNY for the past four years.

I also want to thank my closest friend, Cristian, and my family for their continued support throughout my undergraduate years. Emotional support is just as important as academic support and I am grateful to have had both.

I wish success to all the graduating seniors from CCNY who are going to start on their Ph.D.’s this fall. Best of luck to us!

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