Student Comments: Academics at Mathcamp

Mathcamp was the first place where I really understood the beauty and intricacies of abstract mathematics.

Paul Hlebowitsch, '06

The awesomeness Mathcamp is overwhelming: the rigorous and interesting math classes, the dazzlingly fun activities, the extremely nice people and mentors... Prior to this experience I could not possibly conceive that something like Mathcamp can exist, but it really opened my eyes, about everything. You don't do math here at Mathcamp; you live math to its fullest.

Leo Zhou, '08

Yuri L

The teachers are awesome and very accessible. Classes are more interesting than anything else I've seen outside of Mathcamp.

Yuri Lin, '06

Mathcamp is great because you are given the opportunity to go to the classes you are interested in, and not required to go to classes that you aren't interested in. At Mathcamp, you can do virtually anything, be it incredibly smart, funny, silly, etc., and you can find someone who will support you.

Vincent Le, '07

You really don't know how lacking your high school math curriculum is until you come to Mathcamp.

Aurelie Tichoux, '06

Mathcamp starts from the assumption that all the campers are there because they want to learn cool math (a good thing) and gives campers the freedom to choose the classes they think will be most educating and interesting.

Justin Brereton, '07

Robert N

Whatever you want to do, Mathcamp will help you get there and at the same time increase your interest in learning. The worst that can happen is you will learn more than ever before and have the time of your life.

Robert Nishihara, '06

Mathcamp has something for people interested in any field of math. You learn subjects and ideas that you won't be able to learn at any other place. And that's not even mentioning all the other activities and fun things that take place.

Illan Levy, '06

The best thing about Mathcamp academics: classes that have the potential to go fast enough that I might become confused.

Daniel Whalen, '06

I think this year I made a number of cool connections between subjects – hyperbolic geometry, physics, etc – that helped me sort out what topics I like in math and how they relate to each other... I love seeing how different ideas connect with different applications.

Anna de Bakker, '06

I knew Mathcamp had a lot of freedom, but I was surprised at just how much. If ever I felt like I needed to miss a class, I could (though I never did, which says something about the classes).

Lynelle Yeh, '06

The very thought of the way Mathcamp is run academically would give many school administrators nightmares. It is a ridiculous and foolhardy idea, surely, to let students choose exactly what academic path to take, or if they are sufficiently tired, not to take one at all that day. To not assign grades, nor require homework, nor even ask that a student not switch between classes at will, this is not something found at any high school or college in America. Yet, for making Mathcamp work, it is everything. Those enticed by the idea of learning as much math as can possibly be taken join together to show that this crazy education experiment can be successful. Any aspects of community and non-academic life follow directly from the grand Mathcamp experiment–people continue to share math simply out of love. There is very rarely a complaint, because unpleasant experiences simply vanish. There is no place like Mathcamp in the world.

Andre Kuney, '08

My project was too interesting: I was thinking about it in class. I don't know how to fix this kind of problem though.

Sergei Bernstein, '06

Mathcamp isn't really a camp. It's more of a five week long festival – a congregation of people who celebrate math, enjoy math, learn math and essentially live math. Through it all I've discovered cool math that I wouldn't have understood before, cool people who I didn't know existed. I've learnt that I actually know close to nothing about the weird and wonderful subject that is mathematics, and that I will probably pursue it for the rest of my life. Math on, Mathcamp!

Yongquan Lu, '07

Having the Banach-Tarski Paradox incorporated into the daily routine goes a long way in optimizing one's life – twice.

Noah Schweber, '07

One cannot compare my ideas of what "I'm interested in math" meant before and after mathcamp.

Asaf Reich '08