Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Kathleen Carroll

Activities? Throughout my time at Wheaton I have been a member of the varsity soccer team. I’m also a member of the math club, we just had our first ever (I think) Pi day bake sale!

My unique summer experiences. I’ve had a summer job/experience in a different area every summer since attending Wheaton. After my freshman year I worked as an intern for Congressman Maurice Hinchey at his office in Kingston, NY. The next summer I attended the Summer Mathematics Program for Women Undergraduates at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Finally, this past summer I interned at Kingston Physical Therapy.

ESPN. After the conclusion of the fall soccer season, I was awarded a spot on the ESPN The Magazine Academic College Division All-America second team. In order to be nominated for the Academic All-America program a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore in academic standing, possess at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA and be a starter or significant reserve. I’d say it was a great way to end my college soccer career!

Math in Nebraska. I attended the 12th Annual Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics. I gave a 15-minute presentation entitled “Determining the Number of Distinct Loops of Non-Overlapping Regular n-gons.” The conference gave me the opportunity to meet a number of women mathematicians and to practice my presentation skills. I’m really thankful for the Wheaton Foundation Grant and the Wheaton Math department, both of which provided funding for this trip.

Most thrilling adventure? Bungee jumping and skydiving in Queenstown, New Zealand while I was studying abroad. (As if studying abroad isn’t enough of an adventure!)  Both were absolutely incredible experiences, words can’t even describe them!