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I study the political preferences of individuals of racial/ethnic minority groups in the US, and the ways in which elected officials represent the interests of those constituents.
Graduate school was very challenging for me. I felt perpetually out of my comfort zone! This helped my professional life tremendously. After finishing my PhD, I’m confident taking on even the most daunting of tasks.
I think students worry now that if they do not have everything perfect quickly, then they won't be successful—but the best results are still curiosity driven, so it’s important to not lose your excitement and joy for the field you are in.