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Elly Schofield ’13

AT THE 2012 TEDXCLAREMONTCOLLEGES EVENT, ELLY Schofield ’13 presented her ideas on how to revamp the nation’s math curriculum to motivate and support the next generation of problem solvers. It’s a subject she approaches with great passion, having come from

a family that loves math. Her relatives include math teachers, scien- tists and others who always encouraged her to pursue the discipline. Yet it is her twin sister, Xanda, whom she credits for inspiring her to excel. “She’s brilliant, and I’m competitive,” Schofield says. “So, I’ve been

driven always to push myself hard to learn and perform well in math and science.” In her years at Harvey Mudd College, the mathematics major has

lived up to the self-appointed challenge. In 2011, she developed and taught interactive math lessons to third graders at a local elementary school. She served as a math tutor for HMC’s Homework Hotline, an over-the-phone tutoring service for students in grades 4–12, and as co-president/treasurer of the HMC Math Club/SIAM student chapter.

“ She’s brilliant, and I’m competitive

... I’ve been driven always to push myself hard to learn and perform well.

Her leadership also goes beyond math to embrace other areas of

college life. She works as a tutor in the HMC Writing Center, serves as a proctor in the Linde dorm, leads ASHMC as co-vice- president and is co-founder of the DUCK! improvisation club. Te club arose in 2010 as an answer to the yearning felt by

Schofield and friend Max Zhvanetsky ’13 for their high school impro- visational comedy days. Tey proposed a charter and budget, received ASHMC approval and launched the club with a flurry of emails and weekly meetings.

Unlike the 5-C’s Without a Box improvi-

My balance tip: Set clear and strict priority sets and hold carefully to that priority order.

sation troupe, DUCK! requires no audition to participate. About 20 students attend the club’s meetings, and members present biweekly performances. A fan of the arts, Schofield also enjoys acting in scripted plays, drawing, singing,

dancing and juggling. “HMC is a place that essentially requires well- rounded individuals,” she says. “My peers and professors encourage me to learn about fields outside of mathematics and appreciate me for the skills I show outside the expected skill set my major would suggest.” Her future plans employ a similarly rounded approach. Schofield’s

aspirations include reforming mathematics education, working as a project manager for a Silicon Valley tech company, pursuing a career in graphic facilitation and attending graduate school.

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