Senior Specials – Cam in Math, Stats, and Secondary Ed (Oh My!)
Cameron has been a fantastic friend of mine since freshman year. He actually lived two doors down from me during our freshman year in the dorms! We were both LAS 101 interns together last year, and he even subbed for my class when I wasn’t able to make it for two weeks. He’s probably one of the best people I’ve ever met. Cam is also a phenomenal role model, and was really excited to share his journey in Secondary Education with you all.
Name: Cameron W.
Hometown: Mundelein, IL
High School: Carmel Catholic High School
What was your major/s and career goals when you first came to the University of Illinois?
I entered U of I as a Math major, with plans of becoming a high school math teacher.
What is your current major and current goals for your career?
I currently am still a Math major, but I am now double majoring in Statistics as well. I am also a Secondary Education minor and am still planning on pursuing a career as a high school math teacher.
What extracurricular activities are you involved in at U of I?
Currently, I participate in a weekly Bowling League and tutor as a member of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. In the past, I have been a member of the MATRIX (math) club, SEA (Student Education Association), and the LAS Freshmen Advisory Council.
How did you get involved with those RSOs?
Mainly through Quad Day, emails, or by being in the right place at the right time.
Have you held any internships or job-shadowing positions so far?
I was an LAS 101 intern last semester. I taught a group of 22 college freshmen once a week, where I led discussions on topics such as diversity, critical reading, registering for classes, finding your way around campus, resume development, and building your future career. I designed and implemented lesson plans, graded essays, and met with students outside of class to learn more about each of them as individuals. It was a fantastic experience, and I’ll always consider these students my “first class”.
Have you held any jobs on or off campus during your time in college?
I proctor and grade STAT 100 exams for the Statistics Department. I also work the mailroom at Bromley Hall. I really enjoy both of these jobs!
If you could go back in time to the summer before your freshman year, what advice would you give yourself?
I would go back and tell myself, “Be yourself and make an effort to meet new people. It can be hard being in a new setting with lots of unfamiliar faces, but making the effort to make new friends will definitely make your time at U of I so much more worthwhile.”
Do you have any regrets about the past three years at U of I?
I don’t have many regrets, but one thing I really wish I had done is study abroad. I’ve heard stories from a lot of friends who have gone to places like Spain, Italy, and South Africa, and it’s made me realize this would have been a great opportunity. Now that I’m in the Education program, studying abroad during the semester is not possible, since everybody has to be on track with the same courses in the same semesters.
What is your favorite thing to do in your free time at college?
I like to play golf, play ping pong, and I like to bowl. I also like to play piano at the Music Building.
Best food on campus?
I’d have to go with Papa Del’s Deep Dish Pizza…it’s great!
What is your favorite place on campus?
Definitely the Quad!
Where is your favorite place to study on campus?
If it’s nice outside, the Quad. Otherwise, I like to study at the Courtyard Café in the Union.
Best class you’ve taken so far?
STAT 420 was the best course I’ve taken so far. It’s a class about applied statistical methods, like linear regression and time series analysis. It was the most useful math class I’ve ever taken and was taught by a really great professor, Steven Culpepper.
Best Gen-Ed you’ve taken so far?
Definitely Psych 201 – Social Psychology. It was probably the most fascinating class I’ve taken at U of I. It’s all about people/social interactions and how and why people act the way that they do. It’s one of those classes where there’s a lot of information/terms to know, but because the information is so relatable, it’s information that you can actually enjoy studying without much difficulty.
Why do you love the University of Illinois?
I just love the campus environment. Being able to walk around campus and see everything that’s happening is awesome. The professors are great, the advisors are super helpful, and I’ve met some of my best friends here. It’s really been the best three years of my life.
Favorite memory so far?
There’s too many to count! Quad Day freshmen year is definitely one of them… it really opened my eyes to how much life this campus has. I’ve also had a lot of great memories with my friends in the Math Education cohort…lots of fun times!
Proudest moment during your collegiate career?
This past semester, I earned an award for being an Outstanding LAS 101 intern. There was a formal award ceremony that my family and I were able to attend, and it was such a great way to start my teaching career.