Philosophy Department Student Advisor

Meet your Departmental Student Advisor!

Daniel Qin

Hometown: Troy, Michigan
Major: Philosophy, Physics, and Mathematics
Study Abroad: Budapest Semesters in Mathematics
Best Adjective to Describe Yourself: Open-minded

DSA’s are nominated by departments or programs. They know firsthand what it’s like to be a Philosophy major. They are available via e-mail and at special campus events to answer your questions. DSAs do not replace academic advisors or faculty, but serve as an additional resource at K.

Congratulations Daniel, Class of 2021

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In 20 words or less, what is the best thing about being part of this department?
During/before class, Dr. Latiolais (Chris) will make you a mean cup of coffee to pair a delicious biscotto! Also, discussing the human condition under the guidance of some incredibly well-read and caring professors is also pretty neat.

What is your advice to first years and sophomores about getting connected to this department?
Reach out to upperclassmen and go to office hours. All the professors in our department are extremely receptive and responsive to emails as well!

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
Don’t be afraid to take time off from academics—it won’t be the end of the world. Take time to socialize with others: go on adventures with your friends, hang out with your professors (outside of class), meet some new people! Most importantly, take time to engage with and focus on yourself: learn your needs, develop your hobbies, and try out new things.

What has been your favorite class at K? Why?
My favorite philosophy class at K has been the 19th century philosophy class as it lays out the framework (along with various ideas) of what it means to a human “being” as a continuous activity.

How have you taken advantage of the open curriculum or experienced breadth in your education?
I have a very wide range of interests, namely in philosophy, mathematics, physics, among others. The open curriculum at K allows me to engage each of those interests in an organized and intentional manner.

What experiential education opportunities have you participated in?
I have been a Student Research Assistant at Complex Systems Research Group under Dr. Erdi (Kalamazoo College) and Student Research Assistant at Electron Bubble Group under Dr. Maris (Brown University). This is a list of other opportunities that I have participated in: Math Physics Center Consultant, Peer Research Consultant at Upjohn Library, Teaching Assistant for Introductory Physics I & II, Supplemental Instructor for Introductory Physics I & II, Secretary of Kalamazoo College Society of Physics Students, Student Coordinator of MathletiKs, studied abroad at Budapest Semesters in Mathematics and member of Kalamazoo College Men’s Soccer.

What is your SIP?
I am going to be doing some cool stuff in some pure mathematics. My plan is to continue my independent study of cyclotomic polynomials!

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
My most immediate aspirations after K are attending graduate school in mathematics.