If anyone doubts how stupid math made me feel, let me tell you a story.
In my final year of high school I opted not to take Mathematics (it was only mandatory until grade 11). I knew I should have taken it because you do need it if you’re pursuing science as a career.
But I didn’t take it. That year was the first year in my life I actually felt smart. I got on the first class honour role (A and B average) twice.
Even though every year I got high grades in most of my classes, because math was ultimately seen as a sign of intelligence in this culture, I felt stupid. It makes me mad now how I let a letter grade define what I thought of myself.
I did end up taking that math course later at a community college (along with several others I would need to study chemistry).
Maybe I might might belong on the "mathematics + other" my blog has been a bit inactive due to a summer internship but I plan on keeping up with more general math an science related post when time permits. Feel free to take a look and decide for yourself.
If you’re more active by next month’s update I’ll add you to the list for sure! :D
I was thinking of doing something chemistry related for my degree, but I'm quite terrified about the maths requirements. I mean, I'm alright at maths and I'm doing it for my Pre-U course but I don't know if I can manage it on a university level... Do you have any advise? Also, I love your blog! xx
I’m going to be honest with you, if you struggle at Math chemistry will be more of a challenge, but it can be done.
I’m a good example to use. I have mental disabilities related to mathematics, and so I find it hard to learn mathematics concepts as quickly as everyone else. Still its what I wanted and I didn’t give up. I didn’t fail any course and graduated BCIT with a decent GPA overall. Since then I’ve worked in a couple of labs. BCIT isn’t a university but I imagine the math requirements are similar (technical mathematics, calculus, physics, physical chemistry, maybe some engineering?).
Short answer: If math isn’t your strength chemistry will definitely be harder. If you really have an interest in it and a drive to succeed, you’ll do fine. :)
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