Hello! I am a first year student at UVA who loves to learn. I have been offered the opportunity to skip two grades during my primary and secondary school career, and remain a motivated student with a 4.0 GPA here at UVA. I am currently the youngest member of the UVA High Energy Physics lab, and am a team member on the prestigious Putnam Math competition team. At 15, I mastered differential, integral, and multivariable calculus, and subsequently dived into linear and abstract algebra. As much...
Hello! I am a first year student at UVA who loves to learn. I have been offered the opportunity to skip two grades during my primary and secondary school career, and remain a motivated student with a 4.0 GPA here at UVA. I am currently the youngest member of the UVA High Energy Physics lab, and am a team member on the prestigious Putnam Math competition team. At 15, I mastered differential, integral, and multivariable calculus, and subsequently dived into linear and abstract algebra. As much as I love math, I love physics even more. While 16, I published a paper in Dynamical Analytical Holography in the Cornell Libraries. Currently I am leading an effort to build a cyclotron particle accelerator with help from scientists at Fermilab, which I will then write my senior thesis on, and donate to the UVA physics department. I plan to earn a double distinguished major in physics and mathematics here at UVA, and will begin graduate math courses next semester. My passion for academics drives me to instill that same passion in students, especially those who may be struggling in a subject. No one is naturally good at math, its all in motivation and hardwork, and to see students become motivated and find joy in math, even if they never love it, is always satisfying.
As in my bio, I am the youngest member of the Putnam Math Team, the Putnam exam being considered one of the most difficult math competitions ever made. On top of this, I received perfect scores on the math section of both the SAT and ACT. Math makes complete sense when explained properly, unfortunately, schools don't always give the intuitive explanation for why the math makes sense, so the students are left to more or less memorize the material. As a student who self-taught at a young age, I understand the intuitive explanations, and the thought process behind proofs, which in turn provide the intuitive understanding of the math itself. My focus when teaching others math is not just learning the math, but teaching problem solving skills so the student becomes a more independent math learner.
My professor here at UVA took me on in the physics lab while I was still in high school because of my qualifications. Very quickly, I was given a workload involving developing a simulation for the acceptance ratio of a cosmic ray telescope to detect background radiation due to muons in the atmosphere. When I took AP Physics in high school, I was two years younger than the rest of the class, the teacher freely told the class I was the best student he's ever taught, rewarding me with a glass star with my name laser etched into it. At UVA, I received an A in all my physics courses so far, including the exam, which, after the fact, was revealed to be the qual exam given to second year physics PhD students at UVA.
Everyone is born with the same hardware, anyone can do anything anyone else can do, its just a matter of time and effort.