Hey everyone. I've got a bit of a question.
I think it would be accurate to call myself a jack of all trades. My quantitative skills are verbal skills are quite similar when compared on an intelligence test; however, in comparison to most other students at my college, my verbal skills far exceed most others, simply because it seems like they have had a serious lack of education in that area. So far, at my liberal arts school, where study in all fields is necessary, I have been able to receive A's across the board.
I am currently debating whether or not I would like to pursue a mathematics or physics major. My passion lies in these two fields, and I also love to write. Unfortunately, I question whether or not I am talented enough to pursue a science or math major and still perform well. I thought Calc I and II were jokes last year. My intro physics class this year is quite intuitive for me. I am also enrolled in Calc III and a discrete mathematics course this year. The later is a joke while the former is definitely challenging for me, as is it for the rest of the class. This is quite discouraging for me; I'm used to quickly grasping concepts. If my limit for quick understanding lies at such a basic level of math, I question whether or not I am fit to continue.
Granted, my school has this fun thing called grad deflation, the opposite of what most schools have. As a result, homework problems and tests are absurdly difficult. While this is good for me in the long run, it sure makes things tough now. hmm... might also be important to note that multivariable calculus used to be taught in two semesters and is now squeezed into one, resulting in quite a challenging class. Perhaps my ability's appear dampened to me simply because of the rigor of the course.
Next semester I am definitely taking linear algebra; however, in order to continue to take future math classes, I would need to take a course called principles of analysis, which is typically infamous for being the toughest course required of a math major. The kids who breeze through Calc III find it very difficulty. I question how I will fair.
While someone can always say I will just need to work a bit harder, I don't think this is too possible as this point. I have been blessed and cursed with a learning disability. Things take me a long time; however, I can complete many tasks others do not have the aptitude to complete. I already devote 30 hours or more to Calc III and week and see my professor multiple times as well. Because the college of the holy cross is a small school, we lack many of the resources of larger schools, meaning that tutors are scarce.
What do you guys think my options are? I love math. Should I sacrifice my perfectionist mentality and concede that I might not receive an A, or should I simply peruse something I enjoy slightly less - but still love - and perform well?
Do what makes you happy- you only get older and life gets shorter-
I am a new mom with no time at all on my hands yet I manage.
If your parents money is the issue then apply for a student loan-
i am in debt bc of mine yet my world is still in equilibrium and everything is ok!
Linear algebra was fun when you think about it and not just memorize.
Calc 4 is the same way- and then you enter what you are talking about- advanced calc analysis in one or several variables- topology- abstract abgebra (my fav!)
These classes are MEANT to be challenging. Sometimes I would spend ten hours (while entertaining the little one lol) trying to figure out the puzzle of the proof- how to prove a sequence converges monotonically to----- lol whatever else-
and I too- have limited resources- our campus tutors are not qualified and I do not have a sitter to attend any extra study sessions- but-
I love it- so I pursue it-
Please do the same- do not be discouraged!
'Perfectionist mentality' - do you know what great minds in the past were farrrrr from perfect- they were DIFFERENT and PASSIONATE!
You will find words only get you so far- do what CHALLENGES your mind not what comes easy to it- good luck!