Alex Brueske ’20, Crystal, Minn.
Major/Minor: Physics; Mathematics
Why did you choose Concordia?
I felt that there was a great sense of community as well as a genuine desire to help students learn at the undergraduate level from professors here at Concordia.
What activities are you involved in?
I am currently in the Society of Physics Students as well as a collegiate quadcopter competition/challenge.
What is your role as the president of the Society of Physics Students?
My role has largely been communicating information to other students about opportunities and things happening with regard to physics and community opportunities. I am more of a figurehead to allow others to become involved in things related to physics through the Society of Physics Students.
Why are you studying physics at Concordia?
After high school, I narrowed my subject focus to physics and applied to several schools. Concordia gave me the option of not only studying under some great professors, but it also gave me the opportunity to keep my passion for music alive.
In what ways has Concordia helped you grow?
I have always been a shy individual and, due to the relatively small class sizes at Concordia, I have been “forced” to come out of my shell. It is because of Concordia that I have been provided with many experiences I would otherwise not have had and it is from these experiences that I have come to be the person I am today.
Have you had a favorite class?
My favorite class was General Relativity. Although I believe it was the hardest course I have ever taken, it was the most interesting and I greatly enjoyed my time in it.
What are your passions outside of academics?
I love music, books, games, and frisbee golf. Growing up, I loved to come home from school and get lost inside worlds crafted by authors and game designers. My dad first introduced me to frisbee golf when I was in elementary school and my love for it has only grown since then.
What has been your favorite memory so far at Concordia?
I have to say that some of my favorite memories have come from my experience during summer research on campus and during my trip to Fermilab outside of Chicago. Summer research gave me the opportunity to directly investigate some theoretical concepts in physics as well as have fun working with my friend Willie Julkes III. The trip to Fermilab reignited my passion for physics and allowed me to get to know some of the other students in the physics major.
What’s next for you?
Currently, I plan on attending grad school for physics in pursuit of a master’s degree or doctorate to hopefully get a job doing research that I find interesting.