I'm going to apply for the master program in math in France next year. I plan to do pure math (real and functional analysis, probability, computing, PDE, etc) in the 1st year to equip myself enough technical background, then do applied math (stochastic processes and probability) in the 2nd year. It's optional for candidates to add their experience in their applications.
My background is:
- I got my bachelor degree in Statistics last year.
- At the moment, I'm studying 3rd year in pure math.
- I co-founded an IT startup and have run it for 2 years (at the moment I involve very little in the business as I have to spend most time on studying).
Should I add this experience in my application? Does adding this give me any signifincant advantage? Personally, I find this business experience very irrelevant to a very academic program like math.