The E-folio of Daniel Wedul
A Little Bit About Me
I was born in
Growing up, I was always a part of some group.† First it was Cub and Boy Scouts where I reached Life.† I stopped going to Boy Scouts during my freshman year in high school because I was running out of free time.† I also played Little League Baseball until 8th grade.† On top of all this I took karate lessons on and off the whole time.† I took lessons whenever I had the time (and my mom or dad had the time to drive me).
In the summer before 7th and 8th grade I had my first paying job.† One of the people most influential in my life is my tech ed. Teacher Mr. Prchal.† He also had a summer job running the concession stands for the local Pioneer League Baseball team, the Mustangs.† I got a job as a hawker with one of my friends.† We carried the pop and snack foods around in the stands and sold them on commission.†
After that year I switched partners and my new partner and I started tearing up the hawking seen.† He and I made quite a name for ourselves for dancing at the games.† The dancing started because people werenít showing up to the games and we were getting bored trying to sell to empty seats.† Once we started dancing, folks started showing up more and sales and tips increased.† My partner and I continued to dance and sell until the summer before our senior years in high school.
During junior high I started to run cross country.† I was on the cross country team from 7th grade through sophomore year.† Sophomore year I also joined the swim team.† At the end of my sophomore year I tried out for the cheer squad.† I cheered Junior and senior years in high school as well as all five years in college.† Cheerleading lasted all year long and made me have to choose between cheerleading and Cross country and Swimming.† I decided to take the path less taken and go with cheerleading.†
Some other activities I participated in during high school included Art Club, BPA, Key Club, Prom Committee, Student Government, Drama Club, and the School Newspaper.† I spent the most time with the School Newspaper.† I started writing for it during my freshman year and was offered an Editorís spot for my sophomore year.† I turned it down because an upperclassman wanted the position too and I figured he could have it because I still had 3 years left.† I instead became the business manager for the newspaper.† I was in charge of selling, creating, and placing ads as well as collecting payments on them.† During my time at this position, the paper went from a 16 page 1 color paper to a 28 page full color paper.
Inevitably when it came time for college I decided on the
After I finished General Physics one, I realized that I really enjoyed these classes and started signing up for more.† I think the thing that really drew me into physics was solving the problems.† I took more physics classes and realized that I was in line to get a Computational Physics degree as long as I went to school for an extra semester.† †Actually, to my parents it was an extra semester.† I just didnít tell them that I would have been able to finish my CS/MATH degree in three and half years.† Instead I finished with a CS/MATH degree and a Physics degree in four and a half years.† All while being a cheerleader and holding a job most of the time.
Starting when I lived in the dorms I tutored people.† There were always people knocking on my door asking for help, usually, but not always, in math.† Even in the classes I was taking, I was helping the others understand the topics.† I just had a knack for quickly learning the material and being able to rephrase if someone else didnít understand.† Many times in the process of learning new material I would end up finding out other information on the subject.† I loved to find little tidbits about the history of formulas and the people that created/discovered them.
The biggest problem in school that I had was that sometimes I went off on too many tangents.† Many times (especially in my Physics classes) I would solve a problem and then write a program to either implement the solution or visualize the solution.† One of my regrets is that I would spend a couple hours writing a program and then say, ďOh. Wow.† Thatís cool.Ē† Then I would just delete it.† Of course, this may be because many of the programs were written in the esoteric QBASIC.
Even though I was often sidetracked during studies I managed
to graduate in December of 2003 with two degrees.† I spent another few months in
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page last updated May 2003
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