BackgroundInterview Date:September 2019
Gender Identity: Male
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Graduation Year: 2020 – left Ursinus in 2018 because he is doing a 3+2 Program with another school
High School Experience: Public school outside of Reading, PA with a graduating class of about 500 students. There was not a strong culture of going to college with about 60-70% going to a college and a smaller group who graduated.
First-Generation College Student: No
Minor: Computer Science
Extracurricular Activities: I was in Wind Ensemble, I played intramural tennis which was a lot of fun, I was part of the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and I worked as a teaching assistant for Physics which was a great experience. They’re really open to letting undergraduates T.A., which is really awesome and an experience I would recommend. I also did research the summer after my sophomore year in Math. I didn’t know much about abstract math at that point, so that was also a crazy opportunity.
Did any of your extracurricular activities have a particularly big impact on your experience?
Wind Ensemble did because it was a nice place to go twice a week to get away from all the academic stress and play my instrument with my friends. A lot of times we would hang out or get dinner afterward, so that turned into a friend group. I have a musical background from high school, so it was nice to find people with a common interest across several classes.
How easy was it to get involved in undergraduate research?
It was very easy. I had to be the one to initiate wanting to do it. I went up to a professor that I had a class with the first semester of my sophomore year and said I was interested in doing some research. I had no idea what math research would look like or be like, but the professor liked me because I did well in her class. I had to initiate the conversation which takes some bravery, but after I asked it was super easy. There was luckily not a lot of competition, but it can be a little harder to get a research position in the bigger labs. But, if you ask around and work hard to get a spot, anybody can get a spot in the lab that they want.