My major disciplines, Math and Physics, are internationally cooperative fields of study. Research is conducted around the globe, and these researchers are diligent at sharing new-found data and conclusions. In particular, I intend to expose myself to international research if at all possible. For instance, students can find research programs abroad. So, as I look for research opportunities, I will seek international options too, in order to advance my learning through exposure to the work done abroad.
Research is fundamental to my current field of study. I intend to pursue a graduate education, which means I will be working toward a thesis, a research contribution. Consequently, a major focus in my undergraduate education is to gain research experience. So, I am challenging myself to high-level coursework in order to build requisite knowledge, seeking research opportunities over summer breaks, and listening to presentations on interesting topics in math/physics, to name a few things.
One look at my schedule belies the academic rigor that I am pursuing. I am already taking a proof-based math course in the 4000 level, and this is merely the introduction to the mathematics department’s honors math track. Furthermore, I am also pursuing a second major in physics, and the advanced physics option even. In the future, I intend to enroll in graduate level courses as an undergraduate to make the most out of my college education and in preparation for attending graduate school.
As I strive to optimize my efforts in the pursuit of knowledge and research, I will lead by example. That is to say, by seeking to be the best that I can be, I hope to inspire others to similarly reach toward their goals. Whether it be through extracurricular organizations or simply through my dedication to academics, I aim to help others also to pursue their passions. Some examples of organizations that I would offer my service in leading would be the organizations such as Society of Physics Students, Radical Pi, and the Holography Club.
One avenue in particular that I intend to become involved with during my stint as an undergraduate student is with tutoring/teaching. That is, one major way that I intend to give back to the OSU community is through offering my knowledge of subjects to students. So, I intend to become a tutor/mentor to students in math and physics. Furthermore, I would also be willing to serve as a TA for a course and facilitate the education process for other university students.