At Valparaiso University, Ruyue Yuan has found a connection between math and music that might surprise most people.
“They’re both beautiful,” Yuan said.
Yuan has been playing the violin since she was 6 years old. She loves music. In fact, she enjoys studying all of the humanities, but she also has a natural gift for mathematics.
So when she followed in her father’s footsteps — he was a visiting scholar at Valpo in the early 1990s — and came to Valparaiso University from her native Hangzhou, China, she was excited she wouldn’t have to choose between her passion for math and her love of music. The interdisciplinary nature of her studies in Christ College — The Honors College allows her to pursue both a math major and her interest in the humanities. She’s also a member of the Valparaiso University Symphony Orchestra.
“I can’t live without playing,” she said. “Music is a part of me. I love really old baroque: Vivaldi, Handel, Bach. And also I just love really peaceful, royal music.”