Mathematics & College Scholar
What are the most valuable skills you gained from your Arts & Sciences education?
The confidence to ask questions. The most important part of learning is being confused and asking questions. Sometimes what seems to be a trivial question turns into an entire discussion topic or even a senior thesis.
What was your favorite class and why?
MATH 4901: Supervised Reading with Birgit Speh. The course topic was automorphic forms and representation theory, which is what I will be studying in graduate school. This is the most beautiful piece of mathematics I have come to learn over the last four years.
What Cornell memory do you treasure most?
My first voyage to CTB (Collegetown Bagels). I hail from the New York City metro area and bagels are a large part of my diet. CTB became a home away from home. My go-to order was a Brooklyn on Rosemary Salt.
What have you accomplished as a Cornell student that you are most proud of, either inside the classroom or otherwise?
I published my first academic paper, a statement which was not even in my vocabulary when I first arrived at Cornell. I also will be heading off to graduate school in pursuit of a Ph.D. in mathematics.
How have your beliefs or perspectives changed since you first arrived at Cornell? What have you discovered about yourself?
I now value critical and logical thinking above all else. An elegant logical argument is more stimulating than anything else.