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Formula for success

Numbers and algorithms are beautiful to Gladys Olivares ’17, a math major with a minor in fine art.

November 6, 2017

 Gladys Olivares '17

Numbers and algorithms are beautiful to Gladys Olivares ‘17, a math major with a minor in fine art selected for several scholarships, including the Edison International/Southern California Edison Expendable Scholarship and the Los Angeles Philanthropic Foundation Scholarship.

“The more you know about math, the more you’ll understand the world around you,” she says. Originally a nursing major, she credits her professors for helping her find her passion in math. Olivares, who wants to pursue a PhD, says the STEM horizon is infinite, a message she shares with other students as a peer mentor.

“The Mount has empowered me by not only giving me a voice, but helping me find something to say,” she says. “And if not for the help from scholarships, I would not be able to complete my college education.”

It all adds up: big dreams plus support from teachers and scholarship donors equals success.

“To me, being unstoppable means persevering.  With all the support here, it was impossible for me to give up,” Olivares says.