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.