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Hi! Welcome to my blog. :)

About me? I am a junior math major, music minor at a women’s college in New England. I created this blog to share my experience as a math major with my family, friends, and WordPress community. I like to post both about my travels as well as math-related topics that interest me. I am a person who has grown to LOVE mathematics throughout college, and I want to show people what it is about this subject that is so awesome.

In Fall 2014, I studied abroad in Hungary with the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics program (BSM). I’d been dreaming about my chance to study abroad since I was in middle school! Back then, I thought for sure I would be going to Paris, speaking French, and studying art history. I did get to visit Paris and speak French with the Parisians during my semester, but BSM was a far cry from what I’d imagined for myself when I was younger. But, BSM was a life-changing experience and the best four and a half months of my life.

This summer, I will be in Boston working at a NSF-funded REU in a bioinformatics lab. I can’t wait to see what the summer and the REU experience will be like.

Lego ad from 1981 What it is is beautiful - ImgurThe first thing I want to share with you is this image. It’s a 1981 Lego ad showing a little girl holding her creation with the caption “What it is is beautiful.” Currently, there is a lot of controversy in the media about the genderization of toys (everything for little girls = pink, dolls, makeup, cooking, etc. while everything for little boys = blue, building sets, trucks, etc.). This ad does not depict that extreme genderization. This little girl is playing with a “boy’s” lego set. She’s happy, and she’s proud of what she created. I love her because she reminds me of myself when I was a child playing with Legos.

And she reminds me of myself now, a young woman studying in a “man’s” field–math. But I’m just doing what I love, and I’m excited to have the chance to share that with you.

5 thoughts on “About Me

    • How hard is getting into BSM? That really depends on what you mean. The physical application was very simple and straightforward, and compared to the two other study abroad programs I applied to in the UK it was actually quite short.
      If you are asking about the competitiveness of the program, that’s a more difficult question to answer. The program IS really competitive, and the courses ARE really difficult and intense when you’re over there. I talked with the American director before going, and she told me that they try to let in everyone who is a qualified candidate, however in recent semesters the program has become more popular and thus they have had to wait-list or reject some students who they wish they could enroll. A qualified candidate is someone who has taken one of either real analysis or abstract algebra, has taken (at least one) 300-level math course(s), has gotten A’s in most of them, is passionate about mathematics, wants to take a full course-load of only rigorous math courses, and is prepared for the culture shock of living on their own in Budapest, Hungary. If you are those things, then you ought to get in to the program. If you are not all of those things but you are very very passionate about mathematics, apply anyway and see what happens.

  1. Tiancheng Zhang(Richard)

    Hi, I was accepted to the BSM program in Spring 2016. Your blog is very interesting and informational. Can I add you on Facebook?

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