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Candice Gerstner

Candice Gerstner

Candice Gerstner

Applied Research Mathmetician, National Security Agency, Intelligence Community

Mathematics Major | Class of 2011

How has being a Mathematics graduate from ODU helped shape your professional success?

I use the computational and reasoning skills that I learned almost every day in my job.

What advice would you give to current Monarchs in Mathematics?

I would tell them that if they love math and want to learn how to apply their skills to practical problems, they are in a great place. Getting a graduate degree in Math in general requires patience. I strongly believe that sometimes you have to be willing to accept a solution and keep revisiting it until you are mentally mature enough to understand it, and finally, the answer will make sense. Not everyone is able to do this, but if you are able to master that, you will do great.