Meet Our Graduate Students
Meet Aurora Ireland
Who inspires you?
My friends are all such impressive, kind, fantastic people. They continually inspire me to become a better version of myself.
What are you a fan of?
Besides physics, I’m a big fan of skateboarding, soccer, drinking fancy coffee, baking delicious baked goods, video games, and graphic design.
Why did you choose to study physics?
Basically I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. I’ve always wanted to understand things at the most fundamental level. I’m not so sure this is possible, but physics will take me as far as I can go.
Why did you choose UChicago?
There were a few professors I wanted to work with here, but I knew that even if my interests changed, there were great people working in essentially every area. So it was an easy choice.
What are the best things about your PhD program?
I really love working with who I work with. It’s a very laid back, open atmosphere where I feel comfortable asking questions and exploring ideas.
What was the best surprise about UChicago or life in Chicago?
Not necessarily a surprise, but the lakeshore trail is awesome! My friends and I love skating up into the city in the summer and having picnics in the fall.
If you could share any advice to your colleagues, what would it be?
Completing a PhD is a marathon, not a sprint. Go at a sustainable pace, take the time to both explore your interests and to enjoy yourself, and surround yourself with a supportive community of friends and advisors.