I chose Baylor because of the program, people, and place. Baylor offered a program that was small enough to promote good relationships between faculty and students, yet was a large, well known school to feel confident with the notoriety on your CV. The statistical science department promoted a program that would focus on student involvement and engagement in application based learning rather than rote memorization of theorems and problems. During my campus visit, I had meaningful conversations not only with faculty but students who shared their genuine love for the department and respect for one another. I knew from that visit that the students and faculty were not competing with one another but working to research and grow together. I also loved that Waco is so devoted to Baylor—it made a graduate degree, in which you live and breathe school, that much easier to focus on and enjoy.
I enjoyed so much about the education I received from Baylor; again they can be summarized by the program, the people, and the place. I enjoyed that I have a well-rounded education that challenged me to succeed and prepared me for life after graduation. I am grateful for the time that several faculty members spent working with me, not only on my coursework but on my dissertation as well. The thoughtful edits and constructive criticism was helpful beyond words and guaranteed that my work was the highest quality and rigor I could provide. I appreciate that I was able to make lasting relationships with my fellow students and many of my professors, which I feel is a rather rare quality from a graduate program. I also love telling people I went to Baylor and getting to tell them about the community in addition to the school—I loved that the school promoted connections outside of the typical bounds of education.
I am a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Management Science in the IT, Data Science, and Cybersecurity department at Marymount University in Arlington, VA. My job is so much more than teaching, even though the university is a teaching university rather than a research university. I am currently developing curriculum for a Statistics minor as well as a Professional Science Masters in Data Science. I am on a committee for Undergraduate Standards in charge of ensuring that student education is well-rounded and challenging. I am an advisor for 33 students within our department and am in the process of become the advisor of the Marymount University Student Chapter of the ASA. I am still working on research and intend to publish soon. Being a professor is so much more than I thought it would be, and I am loving every second of it.
I truly believe that I succeeded through this program because of the shared experiences I had with my fellow students. I would not have made it through without the wit of one, the running buddy in another, and the reminder to “breathe” from others. I am so grateful for the shared experiences and the un-ending support from all. I encourage future students to work together, play together, and rest together—these people you are starting to work with could be the best people you meet and hopefully always people you can count on for help.