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My name is Ismael Perez and I'm currently a senior at San Diego State University majoring in Applied Mathematics with an emphasis in Computational Science.
As a child, I have always been intrigued with mathematics, but I never knew what would become someone that was interested in mathematics. In high school, the inspiration to become a high school math educator was always right in front of me. It was the career that many people assumed I would follow, after hearing I would be majoring in mathematics. Unexpected as it was, I realized I wanted to pursue something completely different the summer before I started college. I participated in the Louis Stokes Alliance Minority summer program, which is where I was introduced to many other professions in the STEM field. I was completely fascinated with all of the career choices I could make, and I decided to do more research and see if I still wished to pursue a teaching career.
At the start of my freshman year at SDSU, I began to ask professors, career service, and Thelma Chavez (the coordinator for the LSAMP) about options. They provided a variety of career options for someone with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, but the one that really fascinated me the most was research. Research was the most fascinating because I felt like it was where I belonged. I would be a member of a team of intellectuals trying to answer a question that no one had answered. This also led me to change my major to applied mathematics, to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics and brought me to participate in the Bridges and Pre-Marc Summer Research Program, to give me a better understanding of how research works and open an opportunity to join the Undergraduate Biology Mathematics Research group during the following semester. Recently, I applied and got accepted to the Minority Access to Research Careers Honors program, which will be another milestone to prepare for graduate school.
My active involvement in the LSAMP, the Pre-MARC program and the Undergraduate Biology Mathematics Research Group has led me to conclude that I want to pursue a Ph.D. degree. I enjoy learning and challenging myself, and I have finally realized that a bachelor’s degree will not satisfy my desire to accomplish something unprecedented. I wish to reap the full benefits of my education, and accomplish something great with what my parents have invested in me.