Ala’a Wadi is a senior from Rocky River, Ohio, majoring in mathematics with a minor in statistics. With some advanced placement credits behind her, Ala’a was able to accelerate her program, and will graduate in December, a semester early.

Ala’a says she chose John Carroll “because of the beautiful campus and the prestigious education provided here. It was a great match for what I was looking for,” she says. Although Ala’a has “been good at math since I was little,” she was undecided on a major when she started in college. But she was captivated by her Calculus and Analytic Geometry III class with David Stenson, Ph.D.,¬†and knew then that mathematics was the field for her.

Among her other mathematics courses, Ala’a has especially enjoyed classes from Douglas Norris, Ph.D., and Barbara D’Ambrosia, Ph.D. “Dr. Norris makes class enjoyable, while conveying the course information; and Dr. D’Ambrosia is a great teacher who goes above and beyond to make sure we know the material.”

Although a commuter, Ala’a has been active on campus. She is a member of the Honors Program and is vice president of the JCU chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society. She has also served as a tutor and homework grader for mathematics courses at JCU. Off campus, she has been working as a server in an upscale restaurant in Independence, Ohio, and has been deeply involved in community service during her entire college program. Her service activities have included tutoring students at Gearity Professional Development School, one of the schools in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District.

Between commuting to JCU, taking 18 credit hours of classes, working 30 hours per week, and spending additional hours in volunteer service, on most days Ala’a probably feels like the Energizer Bunny! She is looking forward to graduating and beginning a full-time professional job in math or statistics, which is likely to feel almost like a vacation!