Paige Koebele, ’14

I had no idea what it was really going to be like when I decided to be a math major. I enjoyed the idea of being a math major. I had a strong desire to learn and I was ready for it to be hard! What I wasn’t ready for was a thing I like to call being Math Frustrated!! I experience this sensation quite frequently when I am in the midst of a math class. It is very different than just being frustrated. Math Frustrated is awful and awesome at the same time. It is when you are in the middle of a problem and nothing is working. You have spent hours staring at the problem, you went to office hours and still nothing is working. You are so close and yet so far at the same time. You get Math Frustrated and just when you are about to give up, throw the pencil down and pick a different major, something clicks! Suddenly it just makes sense. All of the hours are totally worth it because there is absolutely nothing more satisfying than solving that really difficult proof. When I’m about to give up, I just remember how it feels when I finally get it! I feel like the math faculty has made me a stronger person because they always challenge me and have so much faith in my abilities.

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