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Hayley Smith


Goodrich, MI
Mathematics and Computer Science
Study Abroad:
Aberdeen, Scotland
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
Anything with chocolate and coconut
Best Adjective to Describe You:

In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
Math is everywhere; you cannot escape!


The people are wonderful, and we have weekly snacks!

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
I've always liked math, and the math department helps keep it that way.  I keep coming back for the wonderful people that are always there to help and to chat.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Go to the MC^2 talks that interest you, and some that don't because they can be really interesting and there's free food beforehand.  To go along with that, don't worry if you don't understand the talk; the topics can be challenging for everyone.

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
The math majors I know are very involved in clubs as well as the department.  The required computer science cognate made me realize that I'm good at CS, too

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
That computer science and programming in general is something I enjoy.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
Topics in Topology with Dr. Fink.  It introduced me to proofs for the first time in a major way, and Dr. Fink was wonderful about encouraging us to think our problems through.

What is your SIP?
I'm writing a program that will take a fundamental domain and orbifold signature of a pattern as input and will output the resulting pattern.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I'm hoping to find a job doing computer programming.

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