Friday Fictioneers: Dreams of an Exploring Mathematician


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True story…

“Why do you want to be a mathematician?” Mom said, “You can’t make any money from that.”

I remained silent while my head receded into daydream mode, imagining I was one of my Calculus professor’s research assistants, on a boat, sailing to Arctic and Antarctic to study glaciers and weather patterns using complex mathematics.

I am an explorer, how could mom not see that? I don’t want to be sitting behind a desk. I want to go explore and do math and…

Alas, it’s just a dream and let’s face it, mom would burst that bubble in an instant. *sigh*

(100 words)

A little back story: Strangely to say, I love math. It was my best subject in school, all the way up to college. At one time, I wanted to be a mathematician but I was hesitant because like my mom, I thought job opportunities would be scarce in this field but then, my Calculus professor showed the class a bunch of pictures of him taking a group of his research students on a boat to study climate change, it opened my eyes to see the wonderful opportunities in the world of a mathematician.

Alas, like I wrote, mom busted that bubble in an instant.

For Friday Fictioneers

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19 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: Dreams of an Exploring Mathematician

  1. Whatever you do I am sure you are good at it. I told my daughters that they can be anything they want to be. Mostly because I didn’t want the conversation (I know a bit of a coward really). They are both doing well – one a civil engineer the other a career in Bio-Science – whatever that is.

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