Eric Sorensen

2013 Major: Mathematics; Minor: Visual Arts

Currently: Student, University of Virginia School of Medicine — Charlottesville, Virginia

How has being a Mathematics graduate from Duke helped shape your professional success?

"Studying math at Duke gave me the sense that I could do almost anything if I put my mind to it. Confidence in yourself if very important to professional success, and studying math gave me great confidence in my analytical and problem-solving skills. I hope the ways of thinking I honed solving math problems and writing proofs will help my career as a physician."

What advice would you give students in Mathematics?

"Bear with me:

"1) Do research if you can--I didn't and probably should have. Research will deepen your appreciation of the field and help you stand out.

"2) Take some computer science courses--I didn't and regret it.  

"3) Learn how to write, and develop your interpersonal skills; studying math teaches you a lot, but not these skills. Some ideas: read books, write, join clubs, join Toastmasters, take an improv class. And learn how to negotiate.

"4) Stay fit and eat well."

Eric Sorensen
Student, University of Virginia School of Medicine — Charlottesville, Virginia