Balancing an Academic Career in Mathematics with Motherhood and Life's Other Passions
AuthorSchmidt, Deena R.
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I became a mother while a postdoctoral fellow, and solved my two-body problem shortly thereafter, becoming a tenure-track professor in mathematics and statistics. My plan to have a second child came with an unexpected bonus: I had identical twin girls, and this happened during my second year on the tenure-track. Finding anything resembling a work-life balance has been extremely challenging since then. Many days I struggle just to cover the basics at work and home, let alone finding time for other passions in life - in my case, dance has been my creative outlet since childhood and an essential part of my life. In this article, I describe my unique experiences in learning to balance these three parts of my life (career, family, dance) and share thoughts on common challenges and strategies for success I believe will resonate with other academic mothers in mathematics.