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Miles Moses '24

How a passion for math drove this College of Creative Studies grad to distinction

Q & A with Milo Moses ‘24

For Milo Moses ‘24, mathematics is more than just a subject — it’s a meditative process. 

Moses’s dedication to academics has propelled him from the College of Creative Studies (CCS) to early acceptance at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where he will transfer as an entering sophomore to pursue a second bachelor’s degree. Moses is only the third student in CCS history to finish his degree in two years.  

What is your major and why are you passionate about it?

I’m a math major. Mathematics plays a special role in my life. I’m passionate about it for several reasons. The most obvious one is that the act of doing mathematics is deeply meditative and enjoyable. In addition, the process of mathematical study is very rewarding: First, I philosophize about the nature of the world; then I form concrete conjectures which make my philosophy rigorous; and finally, I prove my conjectures. Aside from this, mathematics has granted me amazing life and career opportunities, and it seems like it will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

Is there a particular highlight or memory that has defined your CCS experience?

The highlight of my CCS experience has been growth and development. I feel self-actualized, informed, and prepared for my next stages in life. Much of this confidence has come from my interpersonal relationships (often within CCS), as well as my academic journey at the college.

Congratulations on your recent acceptance to Caltech! How did this transpire? 

I came to UCSB already knowing most of the mathematics covered in a typical undergraduate degree. CCS did an amazing job of meeting me where I was by providing me the support I needed. At my current stage of academic development, it doesn’t make sense for me to be an undergraduate so I am graduating. Caltech is a perfect fit for me because of the focus of its math and physics departments.

How do you feel CCS prepared you for the next phase of your academic journey?

CCS prepared me by giving me the freedom to put myself in the right spaces. I’ve been able to take all of the right classes and work with all of the right professors. Without a doubt, this has been the biggest factor.

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