Graduate student in the Ph.D. program in mathematics at the State University of New York-Binghamton
I love this field because I like things with finite answers. I don’t want to explain myself; I just want to solve a problem. Math is very logical and there’s no room for opinion.
I chose Lycoming because it was close to home and I knew it had a great biology program – I was going to be pre-med but after I took a few math courses, I changed my mind. The Math Department is fantastic and the professors are great. I loved the small class sizes.
My advice for future graduates would be to major in something you enjoy because you will be doing it for the rest of your life. And don’t be afraid of pursuing a graduate degree.
Another reason I loved Lycoming was because I could play tennis, which had been a hobby of mine since sixth grade. My senior year I received the Scholar-Athlete Award in tennis from the Middle Atlantic Conference.
Mike Smith really helped me out in the whole grad school process and also found me a summer program at Cornell. Really though, every professor in the department really cared and did everything they could to help me for four years.
I would recommend the math program to any student interested in math education. Everyone in the department is great and supportive, so it's definitely a quality program.
Math is about hard work and problem-solving skills. The more exercises you do, the better your intuition becomes. Falling behind is not an option in math, so make sure you stay on top of your work.