Undergraduate Student Spotlight: Jake Wellington, Class of 2024

April 15, 2024

How did you decide to become a math major?

I had two friends in my second year that kept doing honors analysis homework in the house lounge. I got pretty curious and started talking to them about the material, and decided I wanted to learn it for myself. By my third year, I was officially a math major. We still work together all the time!

Favorite math course(s) and why?

I really liked Markov Chains with Professor Gwynne. He is a great professor and the course material is really cool. I am also in functional analysis with Professor Souganidis, and it is shaping up to be the best course I have ever taken. The material is crazy cool and I am getting really inspired to study more analysis!

Do you have any special story to tell that reflects your experience as a math major? 

While there are so many stories I could tell that are deeply meaningful to me (special shoutouts to Professor Gwynne, Professor Eskin, and Abhijit Mudigonda), I think the most precious thing about my time in the math major has been the truly wonderful friends I have made. The constant joy of sharing ideas with them, learning with them, growing with them, and having so, so much fun with them will be near and dear to my heart always. While I know you guys are going to read this and clown me for it: Dante Strollo, Cameron Chang, Rohan Soni, and Ben Scott - I love you all and can't wait to see how far you all go.

What are your aspirations? 

I think for now I just want to have a bit more fun doing math! I love probability so I definitely want to study more of that, but I think something like PDE or dynamics would be super fun to get into as well. Honestly, I am just a huge fan of analysis and pretty much anything doing that would be fun.

What are you excited about doing after graduation? (If you know)

I'm going to graduate school next year (still waiting on a few so I'm not completely sure where yet), I'm really looking forward to it! I'm also going to mentor for the apprentice program over the summer which will be super fun.

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