“Math – A Way Of Looking At The World”: Seeking Challenges And Opportunities In Cyber
Daniel Echeveste grew up in Arizona with his parents and his younger brother. His father works at a puzzle company, and his mother is a stay-at-home mom. Daniel was very outdoorsy, playing soccer and participating in Boy Scouts. He was always interested in attending West Point, and had visited post for both the CLD STEM (Center for Leadership and Diversity in STEM) program and SLE (Summer Leader Experience). He recalls that Beast was a time to learn about yourself and about your peers. He performed well academically, and loveed the flexibility that majoring in math offered. One of the things he appreciateed about West Point is how his experiences have taught him to overcome obstacles. When the Covid-19 pandemic started in the spring of 2020, Daniel was enjoying Spring Break at home in Tucson. Fortunately, he had brought some books and his computer home, planning on completing some homework. When the Cadets were required to remain at home, he found that many of his professors were very flexible, with some running their classes synchronously and others preferring asynchronous learning. He managed to remain fit by working with kettlebells and running local trails. Throughout the pandemic, he was happy to be home. Returning to West Point, he was frustrated by Covid restrictions, but appreciated the Beaver Fit weight equipment in the Cadet area. He branched Cyber, feeling that he would be able to use his math skills and pursue some additional academic goals in that field. At the end of the interview, he shares some advice for future Cadets, encouraging them to be open-minded to get the most out of the West Point experience. He remarks that West Point is a path to becoming a well-rounded person.