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Rachel Thornton

Rachel Thornton

When I was a kid, I hated math. Something about it being "boring." Thank goodness I grew out of that phase. As I was introduced to more and more complex math in high school, I realized - math is beautiful. Math is the language of our world, and there is little better than sitting down to tackle one of its many problems, as if it's a small puzzle. Now, as a freshman at MIT, I hope to study mathematics alongside computer science, partly because the prospect of not taking any more math classes is terrifying and sad. I'm thrilled to be a part of USWIM, a community of like-minded women in a field that most girls overlook. I look forward to helping plan events to bring together the mathematics community at MIT, as well as getting to know all of these amazing mathematicians. I hope that groups like USWIM can help more and more girls discover the sometimes elusive beauty of mathematics. In my free time, I enjoy programming, playing the flute, reading, and playing Dungeons and Dragons.

Class: 2018
Course: 6-3
Extracurricular Activities: Flutist in MIT Wind Ensemble