This is a repost of my most recent article on the American Mathematical Society’s Graduate Student Blog
Graduate students are notoriously frugal. Although this is sometimes an economic necessity, in some ways I think we are a little too frugal. One of the ways that this frugality manifests, and that I find most prevalent, is risk aversion. This can be hard to detect because we are an adventuresome bunch. Although, perhaps more button-downed than the general college lot, we will try new foods, learn new languages and travel to new spots. However, in things that matter to our subject of interest, we tend to show our conservative side. I believe we ought to be more interested in doing unconventional things like entering contests, starting blogs, writing articles, making friends in other departments or collaborating with friends in other departments.