Our seniors share why they chose a major in Physics and other useful advice.
DeVon Gardner ’19
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Favorite Quote: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein
Adrian Miller ’19
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Favorite Quote: “Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability. It comes through the tireless efforts and persistent work of men.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
Why Physics? Someone’s gotta get us to Mars.
Useful Advice: Use pencil; strictly pencil.
Kush Patel ’19
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Favorite Quote: “I chose Physics because it was the only subject that resonates with me. The rest are pretty bohr-ing.” – Robert Templehof, Class of 2018.
Why Physics? To support creativity through mechanical systems and manipulating voltages: from cool light shows to easing first world problems to advanced safety devices that are capable of preventing harm.
Useful Advice: Stay hydrated.
Nick Pellar ’19
Hometown: Kenilworth, IL
Favorite Quote: “Humor is an essential part of spontaneity and an essential part of playfulness, and an essential part of the creativity that we need to solve problems, no matter how serious they may be.” –John Cleese
Why Physics? I chose Physics because I found it to be the most mathematical and scientific way in an attempt to understand how the world works.
Useful Advice: What’s true in physics is also what’s true in life: it’s never about the destination, it all about the journey.
Julia Proctor ’19
Hometown: Loveland, Ohio
Favorite Quote: “Science is magic that works.” – Kurt Vonnegut
Why Physics? I chose physics because I wanted to study the laws of the universe. There is complexity, simplicity and beauty all wrapped up in science, and there’s still so much we don’t understand…yet.
Useful Advice: Start assignments early so you have time to ask questions!
Nick Staniszewski ’19
Hometown: Wind Lake, Wisconsin
Favorite Quote: If you’re in a place for four years and no one misses you when you’re gone, you wasted your time.
Why Physics? I wanted to understand the world and be able to build electronics.
Useful Advice: Keep ice cream in your freezer for emergencies, buy a coffee maker, and always check if your take home test has two sides.
Cornelia Wang ’19
Hometown: Beijing, China
Why Physics? Learning Physics is the best way to communicate with the world.
Songmin Xu ’19
Hometown: Shenyang, China
Why Physics? I don’t have a very clear reason – maybe because the desire for exploring the world; maybe it is just too late to change a major right now.
Useful Advice: Start and plan earlier.
Shuheng Zhao ’19
Hometown: Shanghai, China
Why Physics: I chose Physics because it explains how nature works, and it is cool.