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I’m currently a senior in high school. All of my applications are finished and I am now in the waiting zone. At the same time I started to wonder what my future will be and frankly I was quite inspired by the discussion in 2006 about what does it take to become a mathematician.

I was pretty sure last year when I finished multi-calculus at my local university that I was into math and I wanted to study it. But now as I’m taking linear algebra, I’m not that sure anymore. I couldn’t really catch up with what the professor is saying (this could because we are learning very fast since we only have one class a week and we need to cover a lot of topics). I am basically self-studying for this course. Even though I understand the concepts (that’s what I thought so at least), I am sometimes struggled with understanding and solving many of the homework problems. I have always been told that mathematicians are for pure genius and the more I learn the more I start to be scared. What if I am not suitable for learning math? This is my biggest fear.

However, I do know that I love math and have a huge passion for it but simultaneously I’m afraid of something I can’t really articulate. I think I really need some enlightening advice to help me.

Another thing I wanted to seek for advice is what I should do next. I will probably finish linear algebra before graduation and I’m currently reading

This is very very long and tedious I assume but you can’t possibly imagine how much appreciated I will be for whoever reads it and gives me advice. All the helps are valuable and really will give me a lot of guidances.

I was pretty sure last year when I finished multi-calculus at my local university that I was into math and I wanted to study it. But now as I’m taking linear algebra, I’m not that sure anymore. I couldn’t really catch up with what the professor is saying (this could because we are learning very fast since we only have one class a week and we need to cover a lot of topics). I am basically self-studying for this course. Even though I understand the concepts (that’s what I thought so at least), I am sometimes struggled with understanding and solving many of the homework problems. I have always been told that mathematicians are for pure genius and the more I learn the more I start to be scared. What if I am not suitable for learning math? This is my biggest fear.

However, I do know that I love math and have a huge passion for it but simultaneously I’m afraid of something I can’t really articulate. I think I really need some enlightening advice to help me.

Another thing I wanted to seek for advice is what I should do next. I will probably finish linear algebra before graduation and I’m currently reading

*understanding analysis*by Abbott, hoping to get a sense of what’s real proofs are like. I don’t have anyone who is related to mathematics (first generation in my family, people around me all hate math for reason I don’t know) so I’m quite lost here. To be honest, I have no idea of what’s coming next and what should I be reading at all. I don’t know what particular area I will be interested in because I don’t have enough knowledge to even choose. Therefore, I was just wondering if any advices could be given on what should I start reading and what should I do next to learn more about mathematics and about being a mathematician.This is very very long and tedious I assume but you can’t possibly imagine how much appreciated I will be for whoever reads it and gives me advice. All the helps are valuable and really will give me a lot of guidances.

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