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Meet Daniel Crawford!
Daniel is a Content Writer here at Expii, and has been with us since this January. Get to know him in his interview below.
Where are you from?
I was born in Novosibirsk, Russia (Southern Siberia) and was adopted to Pittsburgh, PA. I lived in the South Hills Brookline neighborhood where my sister and I were the ONLY children. So, I came to have a strong friendship with her, as well as the ability to find things to do myself. With two generations of teachers already in my family, these things gravitated toward education.
What are your personal interests/hobbies?
Naturally, mathematics is one of my main interests. I also enjoy physics! Studying the way the world works, outside of the abstraction that is math, is fascinating! I also study linguistics, French, Russian, and Latin. Hopefully I will add Italian, Hawaiian and German to that list. I am also, a HUGE sports fan and player. I play competitive Soccer, Volleyball, Field Hockey, Handball, and Quidditch (Imagine rugby and handball). I do my best to get involved heavily in research at Pitt, and have been apart of some great teams.
How did you get into math? What do you like about it?
I always thought math was cool. Just the way things worked out. But, freshman year of highschool I began to fail math. I looked around and found a tutor. Working with him was amazing, and I began to appreciate math in a new light. So, I stuck with it and came out a bigger fan of math. And since then I have been learning nonstop and fell in love with the subject.
I think what I like about math the most is its consistency. Everything is connected. But not just connected, intertwined. Also, the way mathematics is able to maintain its interest, always presenting new topics, dynamically interfacing, makes it almost… alive.
What’s a unique fact about you?
I have never heard a Harry Potter Trivia Question I could not answer. I welcome any challengers!
What’s something you’ve achieved?
I earned the starting seeker position for Pitt’s Quidditch team. The dream for a Harry Potter fan like myself.
What’s an Expii project you’ve worked on and are proud of?
I think the simple content population is something I am proud of. Watching the number of problems increase has been incredibly rewarding.
What’s your favorite thing about Expii?
Definitely the positive atmosphere. The opportunity to work to make a difference with a group of great individuals is invaluable.