I've been living in Connecticut since I was six years old. I grew up in a small town called Scotland, about 45 minutes east of Hartford, CT. Scotland is a very small town, with a population of about 1700 people. There were 20 students in my class at primary school, and with two other towns, Chaplin and Hampton (with a total population of around 4000 between all three), I had a high school graduating class of 30 students. Honestly, I loved the experience of a small school and a small community, which is why I ended up going to a small local community college and Eastern Connecticut State University, a small liberal arts college in Willimantic, CT, to complete my bachelor's in mathematics. ECSU was by far the best choice for me; they had 5000 undergraduates, and my class sizes were rarely over 10-15 students. The liberal arts philosophy fostered great relationships between me, my class, and my professors, and I left feeling more well-rounded than I would have with a more pre-professional education at a larger university.
While finishing up at Eastern, I spent some time working as a metal cutting engineer at Spirol International in Danielson, CT. There, I designed side and end-work cutting tools for multi-spindle lathes. It was very fun, but ultimately, I decided my true passions wer ma. That's when I decided to go to the University of Connecticut (a not so small school) to pursue my PhD in mathematics, which I received in May of 2019.