Hi, Steve Brown here.
I am majoring in mathematics with a minor in quantitative economics. I'm also taking courses that will help me be certified as a secondary math teacher. It makes for an extremely busy schedule, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
The Math Department at Lycoming is fantastic! The thing I like most is interacting with all my profs. I usually see them daily, but if I miss one or two I can always catch them at our weekly departmental gatherings. The math courses are challenging, but all of my teachers have been enthusiastic and are always available. Even though I didn't declare my major until my sophomore year, I just knew taking my first course (calculus and analytical geometry) that I would be a math major.
Because I intend to teach math, the department chair, Dr. Peluso, suggested I become a math tutor. This has been good advice because it has given me insight about different learning styles and teaching techniques that will be helpful some day in my own classroom.
Another good résumé builder has been my involvement in organizing Math Awareness Day. This is a program where our department invites local middle school students to campus to learn abstract math facts. I know this may sound boring to some, but for you math lovers out there, it's really a rewarding experience.
Most of us at Lycoming keep busy participating in all sorts of clubs and organizations. Some of my most memorable experiences have come from rolling up my sleeves and getting involved. Over the past years I have been fortunate to serve as student security coordinator for our annual concerts. Recent performers have included Good Charlotte, Taking Back Sunday, Breaking Benjamin, and Yellowcard. It's a great experience because I get to help with concert management and meet the road crews and the performers. I'm also active with Student Senate and the Summer Orientation Staff (SOS), which helps incoming freshmen make the transition from high school to college.
Needless to say, I truly enjoy my Lyco experience. Come check out our department; come check out our college.