Video: Meet John Urschel – Football was His Passion; but Math is his Life’s Work
Jan 15, 2019
“Math is truly a beautiful, beautiful thing, and it's a powerful tool in that we all make quantitative decisions every day.”
These are the words of former NFL offensive lineman and current M.I.T. Math Ph.D. student John Urschel. We have shared Urschel story in the past, but a recent feature by CBS This Morning Saturday brought his story back into the spotlight.
Urschel was a star athlete at Penn State. There he earned a bachelors and two masters before being drafted by the Baltimore Ravens. However, after three years in the NFL he walked away from the game completely to finish his Math Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Urschel’s passion to pursue his math studies was not the only reason he drew the attention of the team at Mathnasium of Tallahassee.
Urschel’s philosophies surrounding math and problem solving, in all aspects of life, line up with the Mathnasium Method. In fact, during his time in Baltimore, he volunteered as a tutor at the Mathansium in Roland Park, MD, and embraced and endorsed the Mathnasium Method.
In his interview with CBS, Urschel acknowledges the impact of his math education and pursuit of higher studies in breaking down stereotypes regarding athletes and minorities.
"If you have dreams, if you have goals, don't shut these things down. Don't fit into certain stereotypes. Don't think you can't have multiple aspirations," he said. "Life's too short. It's too short to settle and to live someone else's dream."
Urschel’s is more than just passionate about math and studying math. He is passionate about inspiring others to find the fun in the math education and learning, along with hopefully igniting a spark in younger students to find the beauty of math.
Wath as Urschel describes his experience with Mathnasium and the math tutoring programs offered for students in elementary, middle and high school:
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My son thinks Mathnasium is great. He says the instructors are super helpful in explaining concepts clearly in ways he may have not approached them. It's made him more confident in his Pre-Calculus 11 course plus given him great study habits that he can apply to his other courses.
Tony does a great job of listening to the needs of my kids and is quite flexible. From the moment you walk in the door to when your kids leave, Mathnasium offers not only a great math tutoring service, but a safe and inclusive environment for all learners.
I really like the overall concept/approach and that there is no take home work for the kids. Their math marks are great and they understand the concepts better. Staff and Tony have been great and very accommodating.
Tony and staff are an excellent resource for my three kids. They are all in different grades and levels of learning. Each one has benefited from their practice and experience at Mathnasium in Richmond. Thanks Tony for being approachable and for your excellent communication.
My daughter has been with mathnasium for 1.5 months .. what I’ve noticed most is her confidence!!!! I know this will translate to better marks .. but seeing her excited about math, is the best !! Thank you !!
Tony and his staff are amazing! They help the kids keep up with their homework as well as strengthening their skills that may be weak.
The kids are keen to get there and be there.
Staff are professional, friendly, easy to deal with. Tony is so accommodating to his clients. My daughter has improved her math skills and knowledge tremendously by enrolling at Mathnasium. Highly recommend them !
We would like to thank Mathnasium for a job well done in helping our son with his Math 12... The staff are very helpful in simplifying the lessons so he can grasp the concept with clarity and understanding..
My granddaughter loves it. We wanted to give her a gift that would be lasting to her future.
Through google search,..I read the Mathnasium Story. Planted the seed when she came to visit us. Then, it happen. Ok ! Inquire about it , I said. She wanted to start the next day,
Absolutely satisfied with the lovely customer service. I love that my child will walk in without any hesitation go right to one of the tutors and comes out with a good attitude about math not whining and complaining. The atmosphere is very welcoming and still has some fun about it. I cannot thank you enough 😊
When we went to see Tony we knew that Mathnasium is the right place for our daughter. We’ve spoken to several parents and students who have been extremely satisfied.
After just several sessions we can feel how our daughter started to build her self confidence.
Now, she is looking forward to going to Mathnasium atleast three times a week. Thanks to Tony and Team for all the support. I highly recommend Mathnasium.
My 7 year old son loves Mathnasium. Coming from a British Prep school, he was ahead of his classmates, and was frustrated at school doing things he learned 2 years before. We knew about Mathnasium as it has a strong reputation from our previous country. As soon as we went in, we felt reassured. Tony honed in on his exact level and identified his strengths and weaknesses with 2 different assessment tests, and created a math learning plan which is customized for him. He is able to work at his 'actual' math level which is two grades higher. He is engrossed in his math work whilst there, but above all, our son has gained his confidence back and remembers how clever he is.
We are grateful to have Mathnasium in his life as it has been a real life saver for our son, who says math is his favourite subject and continues to be challenged by it.
Thank you Tony!
We’ve tried several tutors for our son and Mathnesium is the first place he has felt comfortable in and he is actually EXCITED about math! With that attitude shift has come increased effort, higher ability, and better grades. We’ve only been attending for a month and we are very pleased with the results!
My son is struggling in math and as a parent I can do anything to find a way to help my son.i found mathnasium and I talked to the owner mr.tony and feel that this place can help my son.Now,I can see my son have confidence in math,Mathnasium help a lot to get better and better understanding about my son math subject.Thank you so much mathnasium!!!😀😀😀Have a nice day!!!!!
Jackson’s struggle with math started in grade 4. We tried private tutors until grade 9 when he failed math. He was enrolled in summer school and passed with 51%. All his other courses suffered due to his lack of success with math. I couldn’t help him, nor could his father. We both lacked the math knowledge. A lucky moment happened during the summer before grade 10. We found Richmond mathnasium. We enrolled Jackson and almost immediately his attitude changed, he started doing BETTER in all his courses. He is now finishing grade 11 math and has 83. Thanks Tony and all your team. P.S. Jackson’s dream of attending college will happen and We owe it to this system of how they teach math!!!
We are very glad to have made the decision to sign up our daughter at Mathnasium. The staff has helped my daughter gain some confidence and enjoyment for math. She is very motivated to go get extra help without any hesitation.
Before Mathnasium both my girls were feeling very tentative about math. They knew they had lots of gaps and were nervous whenever they had to learn new things.
Mathnasium was a safe and fun place where they could ask questions and get the help they needed in order to feel more confident about their math skills.
They rarely missed a day at Mathnasium all summer and were always happy to stay for an hour or two.
The environment, program and staff at Mathnasium were all amazing and my kids are going into a new school year with a more solid foundation and a more confidence in their abilities.
I like that the flat fee rate a month allows my daughter to be able to pick and choose from any of the days and times, as schedules are constantly changing. This way she does not 'miss' any classes.
Great tutors and great atmosphere that fosters learning
My daughter has enjoyed going to Mathnasium in Richmond. The staff has helped her tremendously to improve her grade and I've seen the confidence in her since she started going there. I would definitely recommend this place.
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