Meet a Math Major
Kenndrea Bazal grew up in Cheyenne, WY where she went to East High School. Kenndrea says that it was thanks to some great college advisors that she chose to go to LCCC in Cheyenne. After getting her associates degree in secondary education Kenndrea moved to Laramie, WY to start an internship through the NASA Space Grant. She the completed her bachelors degree in mathematics at the University of Wyoming in 2018.
My most difﬁcult math courses were calculus 1 and elementary analysis. I was never challenged by math before these courses, so I wasn't just learning the material from them; I was also learning how to push myself and grow. ~Kenndrea Bazal
Why did you decide to be a math major?
I decided to become a math major because I was really confused as to what I wanted to do with my life. I sat down and thought about things that I was good at and that I enjoyed. The only thing that came to mind was math, so I talked with a high school teacher about it. He suggested that I do secondary education at the same time as getting my math degree so that I had something to fall back on. I started my associates in both degrees, but I knew that education wasn't for me. When I moved to Laramie I completely devoted myself to math.
Do you have a favorite math course?
My favorite math courses have been the ones that I have learned the most from. I had really great instructors for combinatorics, matrix theory, and calculus 1-3. They pushed me to figure things out that weren't easy, and off the top of my head I could tell you the most about these courses.
You have been very successful: What would you give to someone who is thinking about pursuing a math degree?
I would tell anyone who wants to pursue a math degree that they will really be getting a degree in critical thinking. It will be hard because you learn new ways to think, and you have to really understand the basics in order to understand anything advanced. Be ready to push yourself and give it your all. It's a hard degree to get, but once you complete it you really could complete anything you set your mind to.
Do you have any advice for math majors?
I think they need to cultivate some key skills in order to be successful. These include perseverance, motivation, the ability to ask others for help, hard work, communication.