# Octavian Mitrea, PhD candidate, Mathematics, Western University

My name is Octavian Mitrea, I’m a PhD student

in Mathematics at Western. I was initially recommended by a friend of

mine, who is a mathematician, and also doing the research, I realize it’s a great place

to achieve my objectives. I’m studying various geometric objects in

the complex and dimensional space, more preciously, for those interested, its some kind of convexity,

binomial rational convexity of such objects with certain types of singularities. What allows me to be successful in this program

is, the environment which is prone to develop the mathematical skills and research skills,

but I have to say, the most important thing is my supervisor, and I think many students,

grad students here, will say the same thing, I mean I felt doing the past two years that

he guided me, mentored me in the most effective way, and also exposed me to knowledge and

also the community. The fact that you have access to develop yourself,

access to, as I said knowledge, the community, and also Western is affiliated to other universities

in Canada, field institutes in Toronto, which basically, enlarges the spectrum of knowledge

that a student is exposed to. Number one is make sure that mathematics is

what you want to do, you better love mathematics because once you’re accepted, and then once

you graduate, you’ll be doing a lot of hard work, doing hard work in a field that is not

100 percent attached to is even harder, other than that, focus on your objectives, stay

focused and absorb all the knowledge you can, be active, that includes TA, activities in

TA which I said before exposes the student to a great academic experience.