What made you choose this major?
I have always excelled in mathematics courses, so it has been an interest of mine since I was young. When I started middle school, I was placed in an accelerated mathematics track. This path, along with some wonderful opportunities my high school provided, allowed me to complete Calculus III before I graduated high school. During my first semester at Carroll, I was able to delve right into upper-level mathematics courses. Although the transition was challenging, it confirmed my life-long interest.
How has what you’ve learned prepared you for your future?
The course content has prepared me to understand the fundamentals of mathematics. This skill will be imperative as I move into the classroom as a teacher. Although I may never teach my students about the complex topics in Mathematical Analysis, I have a solid foundation that helps me communicate the significance of mathematical properties, phenomenon and practices.
What opportunities have you had to work closely with a faculty member and what impact has that had on your education?
The promise of small class sizes and personal attention from faculty was absolutely met at Carroll. Every class I’ve been enrolled in has been no larger than 30 students, and some classes even had 10 students or fewer! Not only does this give you the opportunity to work closely with your professors, but it allows you to meet other professors. In my first math course at Carroll, the professor knew me well enough to be able to recommend me as a tutor for our campus Peer Educator Services. Being granted the opportunity to work in this department is based off faculty recommendation only, and I am so grateful I was recommended. I was able to work at a Math 101 Coach for six semesters, and was promoted to Program Assistant my senior year. In this position, I was able to work with hundreds of students, other peer educators and another math professor I otherwise would not have met. Besides the great networking and professional experience this job gave me, I was also able to continuously confirm my passion for math education.
What’s one unique experience you’ve had relating to the coursework for your major?
In Numerical Analysis, we were asked to pick a topic and present on its significance, development and programming functionality. At first, the freedom to determine the method of presentation of a mathematical topic was intimidating. However, being able to work with other students and find a unique way to understand a topic of your choosing was very engaging. It was neat to study mathematics outside of the typical ‘textbook and note-taking’ model I had grown so accustomed to.
How has Carroll enriched your growth as a person outside of the skills you’re learning in the classroom?
In my first two years at Carroll University, I was part of the Blaze Dance Team. Although it was around 7-10 hours of commitment per week, it helped keep me focused and motivated.
Why did you choose to attend Carroll University?
If you would have asked me about Carroll University six years ago, I would have admitted I never heard of such an institution. However, I am beyond grateful to have been presented with the booklet that introduced me to Carroll. Attending Carroll has meant so much more than receiving a personal, superior education. It has meant the opportunity to get involved, form meaningful relationships with students and faculty and find your passions.
“Every class I've been enrolled in has been no larger than 30 students.”
— Madison Calteux '17