By Steve PaszekSIENON, Iowa — Sandra Walkers love math.
“I love math and math is my love, and that’s just something that I love,” she says.
The University of Iowa sophomore is also an avid fan of college basketball, even though she has never played a game in college.
Walkers, a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, grew up a Chicago Cubs fan.
When she got to high school, she was a die-hard fan of Chicago Cubs baseball, which she grew up watching from a couch in the basement.
Walking was hooked by the Cubs and the team’s iconic home run home run song.
Walkers played her favorite Cubs game on her iPod and took in every Cubs game.
“When I was 10 years old, I was so into Cubs that I went to every Cubs home game,” she said.
“That’s just the kind of person that I am.”
Walkers started to learn math when she was 14 and she started using her math skills to help her family’s business.
She also started using math skills at home, helping her father with his math and reading assignments and helping her mom with her math assignments.
“When I started my first year of college, I started with the math section,” she explained.
“The first year I did it was just a bunch of stuff that I was doing and I was getting really good at it.”
Walker started taking math classes after she graduated from high school.
She has since graduated with a degree in mathematics.
Walking also recently earned her master’s degree in business management and economics from the University at Albany.