Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Hey guys! I am back!!

I apologize for not being able to update this lately, but I have officially completed the MASS REU Program this summer!  I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and I am entirely looking forward for my future goals.

I will dedicate this blog to my future goals overall.  This is for my own benefit and for your interest, so I hope you all will enjoy!

Immediate Goals: (within a year)
- Continue enhancing my education with many mathematical opportunities including but not limited to giving mathematical talks, doing math research, and learn more mathematics.
- Obviously graduate from my undergraduate institution.
- Take voice lessons through any mean.
- Learn to solve a Rubik's Cube using a different method other than the basics.
- Begin making more friends!  Joining a singing group, preferably pop.
- Working out everyday.  Going out on runs more often.
- Continue to establish many great friendships
- Eat healthier and have a balanced diet.
- Quit gaming in general.
- Go out and have the time of my life!!

Short-Term Goals: (1-5 years)
- Attend a graduate university for mathematics preferably in my top choice school, University of Bristol
- Possibly get a master's degree education here in the US first before the Ph.D., preferably in either Brown, Wisconsin, or NYU.
- Be committed in a relationship.
- Definitely meet up with Diana in Europe
- Travel around in general when I have the time.

Long-Term Goals: (5+ years)
- Be married of course.
- Find a university job I am satisfied with.
- Dedicate some time with my "wife" due to the flexibility of my schedule.
- Own a house, preferably a big one!
- Become a citizen of the UK (ideally with a dual citizenship between the US and UK)
- Make my mom here, and my dad in heaven, proud of me.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

I am planning on getting a new blog and removing this one!!

I will make a new blog since I won't be attempting to pursue music, even though I highly admire it.  It will be a strictly math oriented blog (:

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Too many things are going on.

Firstly, I just want to mention that updating every two weeks is probably best for me since there has been a lot going on now and more importantly, there is a lot to update!  So it's definite that I will update this blog every two weeks!

Over the past two weeks, there has been so many ups and so many downs.  I honestly don't know where to even begin!  I suppose we'll start out with the fact that the 19-page paper titled "On Uniform Bounds for Rational Points on Quadratic Rational Curves" by my math undergraduate adviser Patrick X. Rault and I, has been recently accepted for publication!  It basically touched on finding the upper bounds of the area and number of primitive lattice points contained in intersecting regions formed by quadratic rational curves.  All of this might sound gibberish to you, but from this entry, just understand that I am really happy about this and that there seems to be some hope in my mathematical future!

Because of this publication, I now have an Erdos number of 4!  If you don't know what an Erdos number is, simply check it out on Wikipedia if you have time!  Basically it's a number that emphasizes the connections of other mathematicians worldwide by looking at papers that have been co-authored by other mathematicians.  Pretty neat huh?!  The smaller this number, the more associated you are with Erdos, one of the many famous mathematicians.  He is essentially the Einstein of mathematics haha!

Also recently, I have been reading many books and lecture notes dealing with Number Theory, Analytical Number Theory, and Probability Theory.  It's fascinating to see the intertwining concepts of algebra and analysis meshed into specific branches of mathematics!  I am only doing this to make myself comfortable and see what I will be looking at when I attend graduate school for mathematics.  I will assure that analytical number theory is most interesting to me at the moment, but I am still venturing into other branches to keep my options open!

In terms of my graduate school search, I am most confident that I have established a list of schools to apply to for my main interest in analytical number theory and furthermore, am very likely to apply there for my further education in mathematics.  Here's another one of my millions of tentative lists:

Brown University
University of Bristol (UK)
New York University
City University of New York
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Rutgers University
Pennsylvania State University - University Park
Ohio State University
Dartmouth College
University of South Carolina
University of Florida
Clemson University

I think this list has a good mix of reach schools and safety schools.  There is a part of me that wants to throw in Princeton for no logical reason but I am not going to bother trying.  It's also funny to see me apply to a UK school, but I really am interested in living at the UK to experience a different culture and a lifestyle that I wish to live in.

Recently, my dad has been diagnosed with a rare type of cancer called thymus cancer.  As of now, he's hanging in there, but many of the doctors make it seem that he's not going to make it since surgery isn't going to work, radiation will temporarily shrink the tumor, and chemotherapy is most likely the best option, but they cannot find the right ingredients at the moment.  Hopefully there is something promising soon enough.

Also, my mom and relatives are all considering selling their restaurants, retire and live in the city with my relatives.  My little sister and I believe that this isn't the best idea considering that we need to finish our education first and if we toss away our only source of income, we won't have more money to fund for more education.  However, the thought of being in NYC seems like a great way to earn money.  I will update you on more news about this when I have the time.

I have been extremely busy recently so it's really hard for me to make some time with Diana.  She has a lot going on in her life as well, but we stop every once in a while to have a very small chat.  Regardless though, I still love you Diana and I honestly hope we'll meet one day!  Here's a confession for you:  I still have the butterflies every time I talk to you <3

That's all for now.  I should start studying for the GRE Verbal section.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Oops... Probably will be updating this every two weeks instead!

I apologize for not updating this per week.  My summer has been an overwhelming load of stress.  I have been studying Analytical Number Theory, Real Analysis, Number Theory and Probability Theory on my own time.  While doing all of this, I had to run a lot of errands for my dad who is diagnosed with cancer, and the overall emotion of my family isn't the best.

I have finally completed my paper and Dr. Patrick Rault, my advisor, has submitted it this morning!  I am hopefully looking forward to seeing this being published!

Now I am just taking a look at some GRE Verbal Vocabulary for the GREs that I plan on taking this summer.  I am extremely looking forward for this summer's REU Program!

And if you have time to read this Diana, I love you :)

Take care everyone!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Summer 2012!!!

Finally out of college and now SUMMER 2012!!!  I am looking forward for a great summer!  I guess I will start off by listing some goals I have in mind this summer:

Solve a 4x4x4 Rubik's Cube
Get a 3x3x3 Speed Cube and understand efficient algorithms
Read the entire Eragon "quad"rilogy
Write a song and get better at piano
Review old math notes for GRE Math Subject Test
Get singing lessons over Skype
Self teach myself Analysis II and Analytical Number Theory
Exercise on a daily basis
Study for the GRE Verbal Section
Attend Mathfest this summer
Participate in Penn State's MASS and REU Program
Convince my parents to Study Abroad
Get my hair styled and get more clothes/jeans

This is plenty haha!  I don't expect myself to complete each goal but I will try my best to get through all of them!  I should also practice my talk more often, register for Mathfest, and get my plane tickets as soon as possible.

Dear Diana, Since we hardly have much time to chat with each other, I guess I'll put down my full movie reviews here, and hopefully you'll come across my blog and see this.  Firstly, thank you for all of the videos!  I watched "Definitely Maybe", "Music and Lyrics" and "Bad Teachers" like you suggested.  It's funny how in each movie, I was able to choose who the main character is in love with!  "Definitely, Maybe" was the hardest of them all and it's surely one of my favorites of the movies you sent me.  April in that movie reminds me of you for obvious reasons and I like April a lot in that movie!  In Bad Teachers, I think my favorite character, besides Cameron Diaz, is the gym teacher because he seemed like he has this sweet kind personality haha!  He's also really chill, which is what I like most about him!  In Music and Lyrics, I think my favorite character is the lyricist/planter.  She reminds me of myself a lot for many reasons.

I love how all of the movies you sent me are relate-able to me in many ways and they do really mean a lot every time I watch them.  Remember that you're always beautiful and I love you <3

Monday, April 30, 2012

Completed Paper! (:

One of my biggest accomplishments this week is my completion of the mathematical paper I have been spending countless hours writing carefully and logically.  Titled "On Uniform Bounds for the Area of the Intersection of Two Ellipses," it basically finds an upper bound of the area of this region and essentially the number of integer points contained in this region.  I will be meeting up with my mathematical adviser later today, so it is likely that I will need to make some edits, but it will be ready for submission in the summer!

In the meanwhile, I have been tackling this "Evil Determinant Problem" proposed by Robin Chapman.  Seems really interesting since it combines linear algebra and number theory, two mathematical fields I'm interested in.  I haven't put much thought into it lately, but I will when the semester is over.  I also plan on picking up Project Euler since there are so many interesting problems to think about.

In terms of graduate programs, I will definitely apply to Dartmouth's and NYU's math programs.  I am still compiling a list, but being the silly me, I am so indecisive with my graduate school candidates.

I have finals all this week and then I go home!  I'm doing extremely well in all of my classes, so I'm not too worried about the finals.  I'm getting sick of you SUNY Geneseo!  I am hoping to not see you forever (that is, if I manage to convince my parents to study abroad the spring semester).  I am also looking forward for the summer when I'll be attending Penn State's REU program to meet people all over the country and to work as a team!  Hopefully, I'll make friends there (:

Lastly, it was Diana's birthday and I wrote a song for her!  I'm glad she enjoyed it since it took me a while to make!  She had a great birthday as well and I'm happy for her!  Hopefully her 22nd year is the greatest!  Love you Diana <3

That's all for now.  I am beginning to realize that I'm not updating this very often.  I'm thinking about changing my update rate to every other week, but it all depends if I have much to say.  We'll see :)  Have a good day!

EDIT:  Just received $25 from scoring a 3 on the Putnam Exam (67th percentile nationwide) and placing 14th out of 52 undergraduates in the University of Rochester Math Olympiad!  Not too shabby!  I am also invited to give a fifteen minute talk and compete at a math competition at Mathfest in Madison, WI this summer, so I will be attending this :)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Counting down the days to the end of the semester!

Oh man!  The end of the semester is approaching and I'm really excited to get out of here.  I'm too tired to do work and such!  Only a couple of weeks and then I'm done with this semester!

This week, I gave out my first math talk and gladly, it all went well!  I was a little nervous at first since it was my first mathematical talk ever, but I have gotten into the hang of things.  My professors and colleagues seemed like they enjoyed it, and surely, I know I could have done better, but I'm happy about what I did!  Now, I am currently writing up a paper for this.  Hopefully I will have it done in a few days.

I sang two songs this week since I am beginning to have a lot of time on my hands.  Hope you enjoy them!

Oh... and now you all have an idea of what I look like! :)

Dear Diana, If you are reading this, I just wanted to let you know that I hope your migraine is gone and I hope you're feeling better!  I know you have been extremely busy in the past so I understand, but I just wanted to say that I love you, miss you, and I'm always thinking about you :) <3

I have a lot of things to say, but for now, I should work on my math paper!  I'll update this when I get a chance.