WLC Class Of: 2015
Current Occupation: Student and Teaching Assistant (TA) at Purdue University
Rosenblum has three diverse interests: mathematics, German, and music. They may
seem unrelated on the surface, but Alison managed to tie them together during
her time as a Wisconsin Lutheran College student and continues to do so as a teaching assistant at Purdue University.
Early in her
undergraduate career at WLC, Alison was encouraged to take a Foundations of
Mathematics course. With her interest piqued, she continued in math and
ultimately chose it as her major. She studied German as a minor and played
violin in the WLC Orchestra. She credits her WLC advisor with being
helpful when it came to choosing a major and taking her next steps toward
One of the
requirements for a doctorate in mathematics was a strong foundation in German,
French, or Russian, offering Alison a ready-made language minor for her
graduate studies. Music remains an important part of her life as well, as she
participates in the orchestra playing violin.
explains that, for her, there is a correlation between math and music: "Both music and mathematics begin with a set
of principles and create something powerful working from them,” she says. “The
mathematician in me enjoys the order found in music, while at the same time,
the creativity and even aesthetics inherent in music can be seen echoed in
mathematics. Skill in pattern recognition is necessary to both, certainly.”
is completing a fellowship at Purdue University, where she studies and teaches.
Her passion for math is obvious, as is the fulfillment she feels watching
students grasp the concepts and share in her passion.
“One of the great joys of teaching is the
moment when a student who was struggling with a concept understands it suddenly,”
While Alison is still unsure of her final career
aspiration, she says if she chooses teaching, she’d love to return to WLC and
its close-knit community.