Something that’s annoyed me ever since I can remember is math-haters. Those people who say, “You’re doing a math major? I’m so sorry! Why would you do that to yourself?”
Who decided it’s okay to be bad at math anyway?
What I mean is, many laugh and say, “Yeah, I’m HORRIBLE at math,” or “I’m allergic to math,” as if they’re making a funny joke and expect me to laugh along.
You might not understand why this annoys me so much. But imagine if someone were to say… “I’m not good at reading. All the letters are so confusing!” And if they thought you were weird because you liked reading.
Frankly, I think that numeracy is just as important as literacy, and this math-hate has to stop!
Having gotten that rant out of my system, I must say that I’ve been able to meet many incredible, like-minded friends at UTM. Sitting in a comp sci. class, or proofs class, I know I can turn to my neighbour and say an incredibly cheesy math pun and not be laughed at.
It’s a great feeling knowing that people appreciate what you appreciate.
I was playing scattergories with my friends the other day, and all 4 of us came up with different words starting with ‘h’ for the ‘math words’ category. (They were: hypotenuse, hyperbola, hexagon, and height).
Although proofs is finished, this semester I continue with calculus and I’m starting linear algebra. I’m also doing the second part of comp sci. which is promising to be awesome. I’m looking forward to my second semester at UTM, and I hope you all have a great one too.
Here’s a cheesy math joke. Soak it in my friends!