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Franky Cabrera

Mathematics

Email:k12fc01@kzoo.edu
Hometown:
Bronson, MI
Major:
Mathematics
Minor:
Economics
Study Abroad:
Budapest Semester in Cognitive Science
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Best Adjective to Describe You:
Active


In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
Mathematics has many hidden surprises that are fun to discover!

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
I initially was drawn in because there was always a correct answer unlike some other academic disciplines. I keep coming back to discover more interesting answers to deeper, intriguing questions.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Get to know as many of the professors as you can and pick their brains to help guide you on your journey, whether it be with a problem, a research opportunity, a math club/association, graduate school, job, etc. They are the best resource.

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
The professors are great about bringing in relevant examples to the lecture. They tie in sports, art, economics, music, etc. to connect subject matter to other areas.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
My favorite class has actually been Marketing. I really enjoyed working on a real world project. We had to come up with a way to increase ticket sales to the USTA Boys' National Championship Ages 16 & 18 which takes place right on Kalamazoo College's Stowe Stadium. It was a great way to take everything we had learned in class and apply it to a relevant example.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
I have learned how to balance out everything that I wanted to be involved with. Life is all about juggling. We juggle school, sports, social life, theater, family, clubs and the list could go on. Having an accelerated schedule really forces you to be on top of things in order to take on more commitments.

What is your SIP?
I was a part of a research team at the University of Seattle the summer after my junior year. I was researching knot theory. It is exactly what it sounds like. We got to play with knots all summer. Specifically, we looked at region crossing changes. We studied winning strategies on a new region crossing change game, focusing on a family of knots. We developed and proved a few conjectures about our new game.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I want to pursue a doctorate degree in mathematics and become a mathematics professor at the undergraduate level.

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