Undergraduate Student Spotlight: Meet John Hopper

May 11, 2021

John Hopper

Graduating Class of 2022

How did you decide to become a math major?

I always liked math, but proofs in the 160s made me want to be a math major in addition to physics (which was want I initially thought my major was going into college) then I participated in the REU that summer which confirmed that I was more of a math major than a physics major.

Favorite math course(s) and why?

207 was hard, but very cool and I can still remember some of the major theorems. 270 was also very interesting and surprising powerful.

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

I remember starting a pset too late first year and working on it well into the night. Sometime around 2 am I got up for a drink of water and thought about how I choose to go to college and take this class and do this work in the middle of the night and I remember thinking that I would choose it again given the chance because for some reason I liked it.

What are your aspirations?

I want to do as much math as possible and continue to solve problems with math. I also want to teach proof-based math (probably at the college level) sometime in my life.

What are you excited about doing after graduation?

I’m excited to be able to read new math journals and understand them or go to current math talks and again understand what the speaker is talking about.

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