Laila - Mathematics and Statistics


Mathematics and Statistics

Why did you choose your major?

I love science and I wanted to go to med school; however, when my Calc III class conflicted with chemistry, I chose to study math. The Math Department is amazing. My professors are knowledgeable and love what they teach. I find math problems, especially proofs, more absorbing than anything else I’ve studied.

What will you take from your experience at UMKC into your professional career?

Studying math has helped improve my problem-solving ability. I’m not intimidated by problems because I can solve smaller pieces at a time. I’m also not as easily frustrated because I know sometimes you have to think about a problem many ways before you can solve it.

What do you love about UMKC?

UMKC surrounds the Linda Hall Library, which has many fantastic, old, original textbooks, including translations of works you can’t find on Google. I discovered the story of one of my favorite mathematicians, Thomas Harriot, at the library. He was an algebraist in the 17th century who never published his theory manuscripts. For over 300 years, scholars relied on a poor posthumous reckoning of his work until a scholar came along and accurately translated his work for the rest of the world.

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