Advanced Summer Program for students age 11-14
who show high promise and love mathematics

Student Comments

MathPath 2019 held at Grand Valley State University
Allendale, MI
June 30 – July 28, 2019

These are direct quotes from the student final survey taken in 15 minutes on the last Saturday. Students were asked to reply to several prompts, which are listed before selected responses below.

Name an accomplishment at MathPath you are particularly proud of.

I am proud of becoming independent at MathPath.

Overall, I have gained from MathPath something much different from what I expected. That is, a new view towards math as an activity to be enjoyed, rather than a chore. ... My passion and problem-solving ability have greatly increased over the incredible month MathPath has been.

Name something you regret not accomplishing at MathPath.

I regret not taking showers every day.

What was the best part of MathPath?

I realized that my love of math is not unique and that there is a place for my talent.

It was very humbling to not be the smartest and asking others for help. :)

The community. Never before have I been immersed in such an environment where everyone loves math so much!

MathPath was really fun and gave me a glimpse of what life in college / without our parents would be like.

Anything else you want to tell us?

MathPath was something I never knew I needed in my life! I had so much fun and did so much math and had an amazing month.

MathPath created so many great memories for me and I am so glad I chose to spend my summer of 2019 here!! Everyone was fantastic and I would love to come here a second year! I've never been in such a welcoming, math-nerdy place and even though I thought I would be homesick, I will be extremely sad to leave so many amazing people.

MathPath is a place where people who love math go; and return happy, a little confused, but loving math even more.

MathPath was an amazing month. I chose ... courses that puzzled me which made me more interested in the subjects. The faculty and stuff were absolutely amazing and were cheerful at almost all times. I wish these teachers taught me for life. Overall, MathPath is a great place to go learn math, make new friends, and most of all, have fun.

I think at MathPath, you really get to love math more with friends, and get washed over with a wave of math lovers here.

I had the opportunity to play with mathematics and discover the beauty of the discipline without restraint. I had the fabulous ability to be around other people to whom I related. At home, there's no one who really understands the mathematics I'm interested in, or people who catch on to my enthusiasm. But here, I'm constantly surrounded by others who I connect with immediately. This month will live on in my heart as the time I learned the most – about myself, about others, and about math's beauty.

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