“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*
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.