Mathematics as a Second Minor

Because it is fascinating, intimidating, and a necessary evil

In about two weeks, while most everyone else in the nation (who have yet to cast their vote) will be deciding who should be the next President of the United States of America, I shall be preoccupied with a more short-term and less crucial (but, nevertheless personally important) kind of result: my second Quantitative Reasoning midterm exam grade.

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This is important to me because I did not do as well as I had hoped during my first exam. I understand the material well enough, but a few careless moves have cost me some points. Yes, I know how ridiculous it is (justifiably so) to worry about Math scores and Midterms at a time when the rest of the world is going bananas over the current state of affairs domestically and internationally.

However, I know well enough that there are some things in life which I can directly effect (e.g., my academic performance and the level of education I intend to achieve) and things that I cannot (e.g., the outcome of this historic election).

To the extent that I wish to improve upon skills which I have long ago forgotten — thanks in part to a gross lack of practice and to the cerebral spoliation caused by the conveniences of technology (I'm looking at you, Excel!) — I have officially declared Mathematics as my second minor. It should be a nice complementary and supporting subject to my other areas of focus: Economics and Finance.

Stock Math Calculator Graphing Paper RulerThe decision to take more Math classes is also a practical one. I will need to fulfill some prerequisites in order to successfully tackle more intermediate and advance Economics classes in the later terms. Getting the fundamentals squared away early would be the best course of action.

SIDE NOTE: Apparently, Math Anxiety is a real thing, not just a light claim some might be inclined to make when faced with something unfamiliar or initially overwhelming. I don't have it, nor have I claimed to suffer it, but have heard others mention that they do. I only occasionally feel intimidated, especially when it sounds fancy and complicated and new. But once I become more familiar with and have a better understanding of it, the trepidation subsides.

P.S. I don't actually believe that Math is evil. (But, let's revisit this after Calculus.)