The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time

Fall 2013

Roose Clifford Lerebours

Schulich Leader at Queen's University

Abraham Lincoln once said, “The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.” As I contemplate all that has happened throughout the past year, I feel overwhelmed and joyous for the blessings that have been placed in my way. I still remember stepping into Queen’s for the first time, uncertain as to what lay ahead, yet this feeling of uncertainty is continually replaced with a sense of duty and purpose.
My name is Clifford Lerebours, an Engineering Mathematics major attending Queen’s University.
Having had the experience to work in a business related field in the summer, the experiences I made as well as my love for the sciences and mathematics led to my choosing to major in Engineering Mathematics (APPLE MATH), specifically the Electrical and computing stream. Apple Math is a rigorous program that is only offered at Queen’s and as a result only a select number of people choose to take it. However, I was not fazed by the expectations for I welcomed the challenge.
Apple Math is very diverse in its applications, for example our project for the semester was to implement Graph Theory and programing to solve a real life problem. Thus, due to the number of wildfires that happen throughout British Columbia and California my group decided that we would model a forest fire and create a flocking algorithm for automated robots that would have them surround the fire and put it out. The project was a definite success and I was amazed at the final result. The picture attached was taken after the final presentation.
In all, even though the workload may seem overwhelming especially when managing Varsity Basketball, it’s part of the process and you learn to enjoy and welcome it. With the first round of exams around the corner I am surprised at how fast time seems to fly comparative to the high school days. Yet in the words of Lincoln the unveiling of the future one day at a time is what makes it that much more exciting.
To all of the upcoming Schulich leaders I would like to first congratulate you and I do hope to get a chance to meet a number of you. Yet, that being said I would urge you not be afraid of venturing beyond what you’re familiar with, for only then will you realize what you’re capable of.