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Math Majors and Alumni

We are proud of our Math Majors!

Sonyne Marcelin, GPA 4.0

I chose Mathematics as my major because I enjoy doing it and I realize also that major will help me to get transferred easily to a business senior college. A Math degree is a path to achieve my dream which is getting a master degree in Accounting.

Anna Kunz-Gorska, GPA 3.66

My name is Anna  and I come from Poland. That is my fifth semester at BMCC. I chose math major because I really like math and I understand it. Actually my math Professor convinced me to choose that major, and that was a good step for me. I found being so exited for me to learn new math problems. My plans go toward to become a math teacher. After BMCC I plan to go to the Teacher's Academy to earn my BA and become a teacher.

Patel Maannyah, Dean’s List, GPA 4.00

Hi, I am Maannyah Patel, a  Mathematics major and a full-time student at BMCC. I chose to pick Mathematics as my major because it is a very beautiful and universal subject. Wherever I traveled in the whole wide world, Mathematics followed me like my own shadow. It helped me in every walk of my life from shopping to studying. It increased my general knowledge tremendously . Mathematics is embedded in every subject, and hence possessing math skills made the study of every other subject easier. To top all this,as opposed to what most people think, Mathematics has great career opportunities as well,especially in the fields of financial engineering and insurance (Actuaries). The biggest advantage of being a math major is that it has also increased my pocket money triple-fold !! There are so many research projects for Math majors that pay a good stipend. My math professor introduced me to such research projects which not only revealed the use of math in daily life but also paid well. I am happy and proud that I chose Math as my major. A little extra hard work is reaping miles of benefits.

Huanmei Zhu, Dean’s List, GPA 3.79

Math is my favorite subject since I started school. I have been in the Dean's list every semester since my arrival at BMCC. My accumulated GPA on mathematics courses is 4.0. I am a member in Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. I earned an Honor's designation in my Calculus II class in the Fall of 2008. I am currently taking Calculus 3, Linear Algebra and Ordinary Differential equations, as well as Physics 1. As a student at BMCC, I have learned to love math even more. I would like to transfer to Baruch, Hunter, or Queens college for higher education after I have earned my diploma in BMCC.

Jennifer Lafosse, Dean's List, GPA 3.83

My name is Jennifer Lafosse. I am a current math major at BMCC. I just completed my first semester at  BMCC and at this point I am doing very well. I am at the head of all my classes with a 3.83 GPA and  I just found out that I am on the dean’s list. Right now I hope to keep my grades up and be active in almost any activity given at BMCC. When I graduate from BMCC I want to go to a four year college to get my bachelor degree in mathematics. I also want to major in the arts or fashion. Since I’m good at math one of my goals for the future is to create a program that tutor kids specifically in mathematics to help all kids to achieve in this subject. Since I am also interested in fashion and the arts I want to create a program for kids and teenagers where they can be creative and make their own things. I want the next generation after this one to be more creative and open minded. My dreams are big and I hope to achieve them all.

BMCC Math Major Alumni

Benjamin Mills, Dean`s List, class of 2009, GPA 4.0

I enrolled in BMCC in the Fall of 2007 as a liberal arts major.  I never had much interest in mathematics earlier in life, and had never taken anything more advanced than algebra II in high school.  In fact, during my first semester at BMCC I didn't take a single math class. 

However things changed in Spring 2008, when two classes in particular sparked my interest in mathematics: "Intermediate Algebra & Trigonometry"- MAT056 and  "Great Issues in Philosophy" - PHI 200.  I was doing an honors project in PHI 200 about consciousness and the human mind's ability to form abstractions from the physical world.  During my studies I read Bertrand Russell's "Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy", which influenced me further.  In MAT 056 things just seemed to click and I found a real enthusiasm for pure math.  At some point in the semester I resolved myself to do an intensive self-study of precalculus in tandem with MAT 056 with the intention of testing out of MAT 206, taking calculus in the Summer, and changing my major to math.  That is exactly what happened.

Today I am on track to graduate after the Spring of 2009.  I plan to complete a dual major in Mathematics and Economics and to continue on to graduate school.  I plan to pursue a career in research.  My interests are broad, but currently center on pure mathematics, philosophy, and mathematical economics (especially microeconomic theory and game theory).

Since writing this, Ben has gone on to continue his studies at Columbia University with a double major in math and economics.

Youri Stfleurant, class of 2004

My experience at BMCC was initially pretty tough, I had to learn English, working full time and coping with the new environment as I’m originally from the Caribbean. I started with liberal arts major to computer science, engineering science and finally to math.

Realizing that engineering and math are the two disciplines that I was always fascinating with when I was growing up, I decided to go with math before I left BMCC.
Math is one of the disciplines in which everything that we can think of can be fit in. And interestingly, no matter what language you want to translate it (math) into, the concepts can’t be rendered or changed and so are the procedures. In other words, math is truly universal, and I always want to think and see the world in that universal angel. Think of anything, think of math!

Currently, I work for an Architecture & Engineering firm in the city. With the help of my former professors, it was a lot easier for me to get this position since I also have an associate degree in civil engineering. But, my heart is more into math so, I plan to pursue a four year program in math.

Rory Evans

I had a great time at BMCC! I was an Out in Two Scholar, I served on the Student Senate, chaired the Media Board, and I tutored a remedial math course. BMCC was one of the most thrilling experiences of my life. I chose Mathematics because I love it. I adore the logical structure of Mathematical arguments, I love explaining Math to people who fear Math and I love the process of running into a new concept, feeling lost and overwhelmed then eventually cracking the wall of understanding that leads to learning.

I chose to complete my degree at BMCC before moving on. There are several advantages to doing this. The most important (I think) is that upon acceptance to a CUNY Senior College the Associates Degree will guarantee you 60 credits towards a baccalaureate degree.  

Currently I attend City College where I am working toward Bachelors of Arts degree in Mathematics (Pure Math Concentration). I intend to go to graduate school to do a PhD in Mathematics.  

I am also part of management team that runs a group of hotels in New York City . My math background serves me very well in my job. Some practical uses of my Math background at work are: applications software, auditing, accounting, researching data, making forecasts and analyzing the end of cycle numbers. One of the hardest benefits of a Math background to quantify is the extent to which one’s analytical thinking is strengthened. I would dare to say that this is perhaps the most powerful benefit of a Math background. In the professional world, the ability to see ideas in ways that most people cannot is a distinct advantage.

When I started at BMCC I thought it was an ordinary school. But I discovered several opportunities available to me, a dedicated faculty, well-informed staff and challenging learning environment. I soon realized that BMCC was an excellent school. I enjoyed everyday there. It is important to know that several opportunities are available to BMCC students (Scholarships, Tutoring, and Extra-curricular activities are but a few examples). Each student should take the initiative to learn about them. It is true that from BMCC one can go anywhere that he or she dreams of.

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