Why did I decide
to concentrate in math? Oh god. How come nobody talked me out of that?
I didn't really know what I wanted to do and I was working on the assumption
that you might as well be taking math as long as you understand it. I
think my dad sort of talked me into that. It seemed like it was good mental
discipline. And the math major isn't that many requirements. It doesn't
amount to much more than just
taking a math class every term plus
one related field a year.
And it was definitely fun to tell people I was majoring in math. They
were so shocked. Sort of along the lines of Jay telling me "you don't
seem very logical." I definitely don't think people expect women
to be majoring in math and certainly not women who come across as ditzy
as I do. But I think its slightly more complicated than that. It was partly
the fact that I could major in math even though you wouldn't expect that
I could. At the time I was pretty into
not necessarily school
but into being very good at school. Without doing any work at all. Math
is one of the few things where you can just do really, really well with
no work. As long as you're getting it its not that hard. And I think I
particularly always experienced math like that. It was very yes or no.
Either I got it or I didn't get it. If I didn't get it, it didn't matter
how long I stared at it, I was never going to get it. Unless somebody
else explained it to me. I think some people can break the problem apart,
and plow through it a little bit more. That may just sort of be because
of the math background I have. Its possible if I'd taken Math 25 I would
have learned how to do that a little bit more.