Looking back at my senior year of high school, I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to major in when I got to college. I switched from Business to Undeclared to even thinking about being an engineer (which only appealed to me because of the salary). When it came time for me to decide, I realized that math was one of my favorite subjects in high school, so I thought to myself “Why not be a math major?”.
At the time, I thought the whole point of math was to learn skills to help you get really good at calculus. I blame this on me not caring enough to see all of the potential paths and classes I could take as a math major. When I stumbled upon this video a couple weeks ago, I immediately wished that I had seen this when I was considering my major or after I had declared myself a math major. Had I known the calculus was only a small subset (set theory pun intended) of things I could have learned in math, I would have pushed myself to start reading about other topics in math to get ahead.
Final note- If you’re someone who absolutely hates geometry or is only interested in studying a specific area of math, being a math major could be the answer for you! Just like historians find certain time periods to be an absolute bore, they are out there kicking butt and learning about some other place and time. Don’t let one topic in mathematics ruin all of math for you.
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