Just call me a Chatty Kathy, but yesterday’s blog hop inspired me to tell my tale of fear, math & getting it done at all costs.

So one of the questions was “What do you wish you were more skilled at?” I answered math. The other question was “If you could change one thing about your life what would it be?” – I answered to have been a better student in University. So let me tell you my tale of ~~woe~~ triumph.

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in biological sciences & two of the required courses to graduate are statistical math and calculus. You NEED these courses or you cannot graduate.

Both these math courses are first year courses. I managed to eek out a 62% in stats, but I ended up dropping calculus after a few weeks. I decided that I would try again in second year & I failed out with a 32%.

So I’m in my final year & things weren’t going so well & I dropped Calculus again. I decided that I would go to work & take this course in the evening.

Now it’s do or die time. I absolutely NEED to pass this course or I won’t get my degree. I was so afraid, like quaking in my boots afraid, that I was going to have to explain to my Dad that the reason I can’t my degree is because I can’t pass a stupid math course.

The average University class lasts about 12 weeks. For those 12 weeks I was calculus’ bitch. When I got off work at 630 PM, I had my dinner & did calculus from 7PM until 12AM, Monday to Thursday. I did calculus all weekend & had a friend tutor me and help me with assignments. When I went to Florida to visit my parents for 2 weeks, I did calculus the entire time. I lived, breathed and dreamed math. If I wasn’t sleeping or working, I was doing math. I was going to pass this course, my shitty math skills be damned!

So the exam comes and then the waiting happens for my final grade. I got a 58%, which is almost a 100% increase from the time I failed. Great grade? Nope. But I did get to graduate. I never worked so hard at a school course in my life and it did pay off in the end. Miracles really do happen & fear is truly the great motivator.

Good for you, Karen! Not only did you learn some calculus, but you also learned you can do anything if you put your mind to it. Math is like a foreign language to me … I just don’t get it, so I understand how hard you must have worked to get that grade. If my degree had required calculus, I’d probably still be in college.

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Calculus is quite the widow-maker. My husband was studying to be an engineer when he came up against calculus. Long story short, he couldn’t pass calculus and became an architect instead.

You should be very proud of yourself. That’s an amazing accomplishment.

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That is great. I’m sure you are a better person for continuing to pursue what was so difficult. My question is: have you ever used calculus in your real life after college?

I scored a 99th percentile in language and a 17% in math. Yes 17, not a typo. I chose to pursue language and just had to take one dummy math course in college.

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I completely feel your pain! That sounds A LOT like me and Economics, and I still feel queasy when that word comes up! Kudos to you for getting it done!

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Wasn’t that a great blog hop! I didn’t have time to join in and sheesh, over 100 bloggers participated so I haven’t got time to read about them all.

I wish you well for your Etsy store. I’m a vintage fan … but I do hate anything to do with Maths! I have no idea what calculus is even. Yes, I could Google it but I’ve got lots more blogs to read

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