UND Today

University of North Dakota’s Official News Source

Life lessons in math

Leader in Action Olivia Rike-Norman’s interests in both teaching and math are adding up to scholarships, symposiums and success

A first-generation college student, Olivia Rike-Norman has discovered at UND a love of teaching, research and math. Staff photo by Mike Hess/UND Today.

Precision. Patience. Practice. You’ll need them all if you want to be great at math.

That was a lesson UND senior and Mathematics and Secondary Education major Olivia Rike-Norman learned from her Grandma Else.

Grandma Else, aka Else Rike, has a proven track record.

“She’s my idol. She’s so smart. She’s 99 and still does taxes by hand for about 60 clients a year,” Norman said. “She’s one of my biggest supporters, and she’s so invested in my academic career.”

UND Today’s Janelle Vonasek has more of Olivia’s story.