August 27, 2009
For as long as I can remember, I have had a passion for math. However, it wasn't until my senior year of high school I decided I wanted to study math at St. John's. My AP Calculus teacher was a phenomenal instructor. His enthusiasm for teaching and his love of math inspired me to choose mathematics as my major.
I enjoy studying mathematics because of the endless possibilities it presents. There are no boundaries when thinking about the topics. With enough background knowledge of a subject, there are endless possibilities to think about, each leading to an insight or realization that is challenging and rewarding.
As part of my experience at CSB/SJU, I had the opportunity to participate in the Undergraduate Summer Research program. I worked with Bret Benesh, researching for ten weeks during the summer of 2009. As a culmination of my work, I presented at the Mathematical Association of America's annual summer conference: Mathfest. I traveled to Portland, OR, meeting other undergraduate students, as well as graduate students, professors, and general math enthusiasts, and observed research being done in different areas of mathematics.
At CSB/SJU, I worked for the math department as a Pre-Calculus Course Assistant, a Calculus I Teaching Assistant, and I am currently working as a Multivariable Calculus Course Assistant. These experiences helped me to see that I want to become a mathematics professor. Working with the calculus students in the labs is a unique experience, and was incredibly rewarding. Next year I hope to attend graduate school and study group theory, possibly focusing on combinatorial group theory.
My experiences with the math department have not only helped me to appreciate mathematics, but to develop a curiosity that drives all my academic pursuits. I am very happy to have had the chance to work with the entire extraordinary faculty here at CSB/SJU.