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allibishop1238 karma

Homework is still due tonight. If you're not done, close this tab.

allibishop1184 karma

nice try.

allibishop826 karma

When I was growing up, math seemed formulaic and uncreative. It seemed just like regurgitation: if I figured out how to e.g. add fractions, it would be the same method anyone else would use. In particular, I found calculus boring and resolved not to take any more after high school.

In college everyone was required to take one semester of math, so I took number theory, thinking it would be easy. Numbers are simple; how much theory could there really be? Under Jordan Ellenberg, it turns out, a lot. Jordan showed me the creative side of mathematics, and I was hooked! Meanwhile, I got rejected from the Princeton creative writing class.

allibishop373 karma

I find it's best to not tell them it's a math story! One great thing about math is that it's embedded in everyday life, so you can connect it to things that people already identify with.

allibishop302 karma

Tell her that you hate math. Then hating math won't be cool anymore.

(stay tuned for more serious advice to come :) )