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I'm not sure if I should be a math major for a couple of reasons:

-Not sure if I'm smart enough (720 Math portion SAT 770 math level 2. I know those are high for most people but I would think that great math majors get 800s). I can do well in math classes at school, and currently Calc BC is my favorite class. However, I don't know how well I'd do in proof-based classes. I'm on the math team, and whenever the captain gives us interesting problems and asks us to do proofs, I can hardly budge into the problem. However, he is seemingly the only one who knows how to do the proofs as everyone else is dumbstruck as well.

-Not sure if it's the best life/career decision for me. I'd feel like getting a math degree would be more fulfilling because it allows me understand more about the frameworks of logic and nature(I guess that's a good description?). I want to know as much as I can about math, and, honestly, I just want to be smarter. However, if I would become a mathematician, I don't think I would be making that much money. I would also feel a little intimidated from my dad who is a physician, and I know my sister would definitely not approve (I told her I wanted to do CS, and she said I needed to do business or medicine to be successful). My other option would be CS, but the only problem I have with that is that it feels like more of a trade. I want to be researching and learning about math. Could anyone who is a mathematician (or physicist as I feel their situation is similar) give some insight on this?

-GA-Tech is the best school for math in my state, but it only offers applied math, and I'd rather do pure math since I feel like I'd be learning the most about math from pure. Is it possible to go to grad school for pure math with an applied math degree?

-Not sure if I'm smart enough (720 Math portion SAT 770 math level 2. I know those are high for most people but I would think that great math majors get 800s). I can do well in math classes at school, and currently Calc BC is my favorite class. However, I don't know how well I'd do in proof-based classes. I'm on the math team, and whenever the captain gives us interesting problems and asks us to do proofs, I can hardly budge into the problem. However, he is seemingly the only one who knows how to do the proofs as everyone else is dumbstruck as well.

-Not sure if it's the best life/career decision for me. I'd feel like getting a math degree would be more fulfilling because it allows me understand more about the frameworks of logic and nature(I guess that's a good description?). I want to know as much as I can about math, and, honestly, I just want to be smarter. However, if I would become a mathematician, I don't think I would be making that much money. I would also feel a little intimidated from my dad who is a physician, and I know my sister would definitely not approve (I told her I wanted to do CS, and she said I needed to do business or medicine to be successful). My other option would be CS, but the only problem I have with that is that it feels like more of a trade. I want to be researching and learning about math. Could anyone who is a mathematician (or physicist as I feel their situation is similar) give some insight on this?

-GA-Tech is the best school for math in my state, but it only offers applied math, and I'd rather do pure math since I feel like I'd be learning the most about math from pure. Is it possible to go to grad school for pure math with an applied math degree?

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