I always dreamed of being a professional athlete during my childhood in Youngstown, Ohio. Despite leaving my twenties with absolutely no prospects, this dream just won't die. Throughout my undergraduate years at Youngstown State University, I suffered from more delusions. In fact, I even convinced myself that I was not a "math nerd." Graduate school provided a quick cure as I soon realized that I am so much more nerdy than I ever had ever imagined.... and that this is not really a bad thing.