This past Saturday night was the third annual SJLA Benefit Concert. This year, it was different for me for a couple of reasons! First, the junior members of SJLA put on the benefit concert (I am a junior!). A few of my fellow SJLA students have been working hard these past several weeks to plan the concert (special thanks to Mike, Juliana, and Christa!) They did a phenomenal job planning the concert and it went so well. So many people showed up and made generous donations towards the SJLA juniors’ service project.
Besides being good friends with the wonderful students who planned the concert, this year was different for me for another exciting reason… I performed in the concert! I played the piano and sang “Riptide” by Vance Joy. I was incredibly nervous, as I have had just a few experiences performing in front of people, but I am happy with how my performance went. I am so glad I was able to contribute to such a wonderful cause, and I felt humbled to be surrounded by such talent!!
Another interesting event that occurred this weekend was the Virginia Tech Regional Mathematics Contest (VTRMC). The past few weeks, one of my math professors and several of my fellow math majors have been encouraging people to sign up for the VTRMC, a very challenging math test which lasts 2.5 hours! Most people go in with the expectation of receiving 0 points, but getting just one question correct will place you in a top percentile of students. I signed up after being influenced by my professor and classmates. The test was a very interesting experience, and I plan to take it again next year. I did not get any of the answers, but I am grateful for the experience and the chance to consider such difficult problems! Maybe next year I will get an answer 🙂
This Tuesday, I attended a math lecture given by Dr. Jakub Jasinski (a professor in our math department) called Contracting Function and Fixed Point Theorems. Conveniently, this lecture coincided perfectly with what I am learning in my Chaos and Fractals math class! The talk was very interesting, and Dr. Jasinski even sent a PDF copy of his slideshow to anyone who was interested. I know I will be referring back to his slideshow to gain a deeper understanding of the course material in Chaos and Fractals. His is the third mathematical lecture I have attended so far, and definitely my favorite! Unfortunately, I have had a class during several other guest lectures, but I am grateful I was able to attend Dr. Jasinski’s talk.
Have a great week!!