Meet Our Seniors - Class of 2019

Advice & Tips

Our seniors share why they chose a major in Physics and other useful advice.

DeVon Gardner

DeVon Gardner ’19

Major/Minor: 
Physics BA

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Favorite Quote: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

Adrian Miller

Adrian Miller ’19

Major/Minor: 
Physics BS, Spanish Minor

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

Kush Patel ’19

Major/Minor: 
Physics BA, Computer Science minor

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

Nick Pellar ’19

Major/Minor: 
Physics and Classical Studies majors, Greek and Latin minors

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

Julia Proctor ’19

Major/Minor: 
Physics BS, Concentration in Computational Science

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

Nick Staniszewski ’19

Major/Minor: 
Physics BA, Cinema

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

Cornelia Wang ’19

Major/Minor: 
Physics BA, Data analytics

Hometown: Beijing, China

Why Physics? Learning Physics is the best way to communicate with the world.

Songmin Xu

Songmin Xu ’19

Major/Minor: 
Physics BA

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

Shuheng Zhao ’19

Major/Minor: 
Physics BS, Mathematics minor

Hometown: Shanghai, China

Why Physics: I chose Physics because it explains how nature works, and it is cool.

Posted Date 
Friday, October 19, 2018

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