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Magdalen Ruth Cook Dobson

Magdalen Ruth Cook Dobson

I didn’t really like math until my junior year of high school. Until then, I thought that I would major in philosophy, because I felt that it was the most interesting and stretched my brain the farthest of all the subjects I studied. All that changed when I began studying calculus and discrete math and realized that the logic and beauty and challenge that I’d craved in my study of philosophy were even more abundantly present in mathematics. During my last year in high school, I threw myself into almost all of the math classes that my school had to offer and came out of it persuaded that I wanted to continue my studies as a math major at MIT, and I’m now beyond excited that I’m beginning my sophomore year in Course 18.

I joined USWIM because I found that, in a male-dominated field, having female role models and female friends in mathematics has made a lot of difference in my confidence and my ability to see myself achieving my long-term goals as a math major. I’m looking forward to helping make those opportunities available to other girls both within and outside the MIT community through our outreach events this year.

Class: 2019
Extracurricular Activities: MacGregor House Government, Associate Advisor, and a UROP in Course 18.