Greetings
everyone,

I want to
use this post to reflect on my recent struggles with one of my classes,
multivariable calculus. You could say that mathematics and I have somewhat of a
love-hate relationship with each other. Last semester I was actually feeling
rather fond of math and even considered the idea of pursuing a math minor. I was
taking linear algebra at the time, which was refreshingly different from all
the trig and calculus that had been crammed into my brain in the prior few
years. Linear algebra deals mostly with vectors and certain sets of vectors
called “vector spaces” and the axioms by which they must abide, as well as
linear transformations (functions between two vector spaces) and some
interesting aspects of matrices, determinants, and eigenvectors and
eigenvalues. I’m sure much of that last sentence was completely foreign to many
people, and, in a way, that’s the point. Linear algebra was so new and
different and brought some excitement into my math life.

As I said,
this semester I am taking multivariable calculus. It has been a very harsh
reminder