**What have you done after graduating from Villanova?**

After graduation, I did a Fulbright scholarship in Spain then and received an M.S. in Biostatistics at Emory University. I now work as a Data Scientist/Statistician at a healthcare startup in NYC. Previously I have worked for the federal government and at a not-for-profit, and have performed biostatistics research projects in epidemiology, infectious diseases, cancer, and nutrition in Sweden, Spain, and Colombia.

**How does math connect with your current occupation?**

I am a statistician so I use math a great deal.

**How has your math experience at Villanova prepared you for your current position and life after Villanova?**

My experience studying math at Villanova gave me the foundation to pursue more advanced study in statistics in graduate school and gave me the critical thinking skills to solve complex problems and to code in different programming languages.

**Are there any memories of the Math Department you wish to share with current majors or prospective students?**

I really enjoyed Dr. Lup's classes, Dr. Posner's class, Dr. Styer's classes, and Steve's Calculus classes

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**Do you have any advice for current math majors?**

Math is an extremely versatile major. Be open to exploring its many diverse applications. If you plan to go to graduate school, Advanced Calculus is a very important course. If you plan to study statistics, Advanced Calculus and Mathematical Statistics are both extremely important. Math is applicable to basically every field. If you have other interests that seem completely irrelevant, they're probably much easier to intertwine with math than you think. If you can do so, you'll be much more attractive to whatever organization or company you're trying to impress, and probably more professionally and personally fulfilled. Math is harder than many majors, but math skills are much harder to acquire later on. Take as many math classes as you can tolerate in undergrad because there is no better time to soak it in, and it is MUCH harder to catch up later.

**Date:** March, 2021