Life Recently Vol. 1: A Love-Hate Relationship with Math

by - Sunday, November 29, 2015

I always spend all my time sleeping, resting or doing nothing at all when it's going to be a long weekend. But this time is different. I have no time to rest or do stuff I want. Although we don't have any homework, but we having our first long-exam on Calculus this coming Thursday. 

It's damn so hard that I'm really going crazy right now! Although years ago, I was a Math lover —I always get high grades and I even sometimes get perfect score in exams when no one is teaching me, just only myself. I remembered joining Math Club, Math Quiz Bees and anything related to math. As years go by, it's getting harder and harder for me to understand math and that was when I started to hate math.

Now that I'm in college, as I unexpectedly took a course which include all kinds of math, I'm slowly giving up! —But kidding aside, I thought of engaging myself back again with math not because I wanted but because I needed to since I'm currently taking the not-so-common and one of the most difficult course: Economics. I bet only few of you knows what it is. But to make you understand a little bit, I'll give you some successful Filipino who graduated with Economics degree:

List of Famous Economist in the Philippines:

  1. Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Cojuangco Aquino III is a Filipino politician who served as the 15th President of the Philippines from 2010 until 2016.
  2. Diosdado Pangan Macapagal Sr. was the ninth President of the Philippines, serving from 1961 to 1965, and the sixth Vice-President, serving from 1957 to 1961.
  3. Maria Gloria Macaraeg Macapagal-Arroyo is a Filipino professor and politician who was the 14th President of the Philippines from 2001 until 2010.
  4. Pilar Juliana "Pia" Schramm Cayetano, popularly known as Compañera Pia or Pia, is a Filipino lawyer who is the youngest elected Senator in the history of the Republic of the Philippines.
  5. Solita Garduno "Winnie" Collás-Monsod, popularly known as Mareng Winnie, is a Filipino broadcaster, host, economist, and writer.
So, as I was saying, we having our first long-term exam on Calculus this coming Thursday so I am really trying hard that I even exerted all efforts I could just to understand everything, although it's kinda impossible, I got an idea that could really help me studying alone: a jar filled with yellow strip of papers. Well, I don't know if it's really effective but I guess we'll see it after the exam results came.

Inside the jar are strips of paper written with math questions related to our exam this coming Thursday. All the questions came from our lectures, activities and or assignments with, of course, correct answers. I shake the jar every time I'm going to pick a question, then, set my phone as my  timer —which is really important since exams only have limited time so I have to practice time pressure. I set 2 minutes for every easy questions and 3 to 5 minutes for difficult questions. Right after, I'll browse my notes to check my answers. Although it might be not enough, since there are tons of math questions all over my professor's mind, lol, but what is important to me, if is to learn how to derive the formula as fast as I can so I would be able to answer any questions. Hopefully.

So much with math, I still have another subject to study —one of our major, the Economics with Basic Taxation & Agrarian Reform.

To be honest, I was never engaged on reading thick books, ugh. But since this course also requires  reading not only words (English) nor numbers (Math) but also graphs, I have no choice.

Well, what else can I do if I want to graduate (on time)? To Study. 

But as time goes by, I finally got used with educational books. Although Dad knows math and reading thick English books are weaknesses, he's always there to cheer me up, literally, every time I loose hope.  He will always say, "Dati ganyan din ako. Basa ka lang ng basa. Kapag hindi mo alam, tignan mo sa dictionary."

"I was also like you before. Just read and read. If you don't understand, look the meaning from the dictionary."

Not to show-off but now, he's the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of Budget and Planning of the office. I'm more than proud to say, as his loving daughter, that he's my #1 idol. He will always be. Even with our small but deep talks, Dad let me forget —even just for a while, how hard life is. I mean, not to overthink life.

So that's all for today, I still have a lot of things to do. For now, let me know what or who do you have a love-hate relationship and share to us in the comments below how did you handle it?

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