JU: I was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I moved to the United States when I was four. My father lived in Canada; my mother lived in the States. JU: I was fascinated with it when I was younger. My father played college football, so when I visited him, I saw photos of him playing. FNL: Were you athletic in junior high and high school? Were sports important to you? JU: When I was in high school, I played football and, yes, there was an emphasis on it, but also I went to a Jesuit prep school, so the academics were far from trivial.
JU: Correct. JU: I would say football came first. Football was what I cared about most. My father played in college, and when I was young I wanted to be just like my father.
In high school I watched tons of college football. Jake Long, the left tackle for the Michigan Wolverines, was my hero. I wanted to go to Michigan and I wanted to play left tackle. My dream was to play football in the Big Ten. JU: College football works differently. You get recruited. If they want you, they offer you an athletic scholarship. I got an offer from Penn State very late in the process, and I took it. JU: They cared, but only so It Was Lost.
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I was concerned that I was going to be one of those two people because I was the 26th person signed. JU: Right. Because I was strong in math and physics in high school, my mother told me to major in engineering, but I found that my favorite classes were my math classes. So during the summer of my freshman year, I took a senior level math course in probability, just to get a feel for the major. I loved it and immediately became a math major. JU: I took very little English or history — the bare minimum.
I know this is going to sound ridiculous, but I only took six non-mathematical classes my whole time at Penn State. JU: Yep, six. You had to take an intro to English, you had to take public speaking, you had to take technical writing, and then you had electives. For the arts electives, I took theory of La Toya Jackson - Youre Gonna Get Rocked. I took the most mathematical courses I could find.
JU: In season, it certainly takes up well more than half your waking hours. There are rules in the NCAA about hour limits, but these rules are broken just about everywhere. Did that affect you? Were you a different person when you were with your teammates? JU: I was, to some extent, because football culture and the culture of a math department are completely different.
I got a tiny bit of pushback early on from the football team with respect to my coursework, but once they saw that I could play, everything was going to be fine. FNL: OK. So, freshman year, how did that go football wise? Did you start? JU: No, I was redshirted. I was an offensive lineman, and offensive linemen are usually redshirted the first year.
FNL: So, you have to go to school that fifth year and take classes as well, but you can play football into that fifth year. JU: I was a reserve during sophomore year. At that time, I decided I was a math major. I took this course called real analysis, taught by this math professor, Vadim Kaloshin, who got his PhD from Princeton.
He recognized some potential and really took an interest in me. He was the person who really introduced me to the idea of what a mathematician does and what mathematical research is. I did my first project with him, which led to my first paper, a research paper on the three-body problem. FNL: Well, even though some of our readers may want to know what the three-body problem is, it might be a little too complicated for our interview.
JU: It would be. I found that I really enjoyed it. JU: Correct, my junior year. I split every game with this other player who was a fourth-year senior. He played the first and third quarters at right guard and I played the second and fourth.
FNL: That was the child sex abuse scandal concerning assistant football coach Marc & The Margaritas - No One Left Alive In 99 Sandusky, resulting in his conviction and the firing of long-time head football coach Joe Paterno. FNL: Was it more difficult playing football because of the scandal and the firing of Paterno? JU: Not really.
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Vadim left, going back to the University of Maryland. I was uncertain about what I should study. I started It Was Lost. Did You Find It? - The End Springs - Volume I (Version II) some graduate course work in numerical analysis, and getting into this and that. I finished my undergraduate Milwaukee Here I Come - John Prine - live from Sessions at West 54th (DVD) in my third year, and so in my fourth year I started my Masters in math.
Penn State is a great institution, but I felt that I was a very strong math candidate, and I wanted to go to a top math PhD program — not for the name, but to be around brilliant people.
I was taking PhD-level coursework. I was also a starter on the football team. I ended up earning First Team Big 10 honors, which was a huge thing for me.
That spring, I wrote my thesis and taught a course in trigonometry and analytic geometry, not as a TA. I loved teaching, which I took as another a sign that I wanted to be a professor. JU: During my fifth year, I taught another course, vector calculus. Since I had graduated that previous spring with my Masters, I needed to enroll in something, so I enrolled in a math education Masters.
I signed up for it just to be eligible to play football. I wanted to focus on football my last semester, because ideally Les Fantômes du Sextoy (Annonce) - Yann Pittard - De Lusage Du Sextoy En Temps De Crise was going to the NFL.
FNL: So now it seems the dichotomy between football and academia is getting stronger and stronger. JU: It is. It started out very mild. I do a little bit of math, I do a little bit of football, but how good am I at either? I was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round. I was drafted as a center. I was focusing on football. I was still doing some research with professors I know and doing some reading and things on my own. But after my first year, I very much missed the academic culture.
So I applied to MIT. I looked at different math programs and I thought MIT was the best one for me. I was It Was Lost. Did You Find It? - The End Springs - Volume I (Version II)and I started going to school here while playing in the NFL. They let me start that spring semester,instead of the following fall semester. JU: Truthfully, I was never concerned about it. I never really experienced any problems from either side.
I think this is either one of my good qualities or one of my very bad qualities. I love MIT. He always has It Was Lost. Did You Find It? - The End Springs - Volume I (Version II) for me, and he really emphasizes learning.
I am very thankful to have him as my advisor.
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