I don’t know about you, but I’ve always struggled with any kind of math. It can be Geometry, it can be Algebra…it can be anything.
My struggle really started when I was in seventh grade (right after I got my wisdom teeth pulled…I always joke about it not being a coincidence!). Ever since then, I’ve struggled to pass, and it was a long road, let me tell you.
In my junior year of high school, we were studying the quadratic formula in Algebra 2. I didn’t understand it at all. So, of course, someone thought it would be a good idea for me to do practice problems…during Christmas break. Um…say what?
So, I did them, even though that was the last thing I wanted to do. I remember it was the day before I had to go back. I kept getting them wrong, and eventually I became so frustrated, that I just shut down completely for several hours. Nobody could get a single word out of me. It was my phone getting taken away that caused me to break…yeah, I don’t understand that part either.
I ended up dropping out of high school for a semester. Well, I say “dropped out,” but I was doing some schooling. It was online, so I didn’t have to deal with everyone in high school.
I graduated on time…just so we’re clear.
Now, I’m studying the quadratic formula again in college, and let me tell you, memories are flooding back. It was my undoing in high school…it may be my undoing in college, but I’m going to try to not let that happen.
Luckily, I do have some people that can help me now. I have an Algebra tutor that I meet with on Saturdays (well…sometimes. When I’m not doing anything else). He does Algebra for fun…the freak. I also have a friend that unfortunately lives all the way on the other side of the world. He says it’s a good refresher…so I may just have to bombard him (even though I promised to try to not!).
Algebra is evil, just pure and simple. I’ll be glad when I’m done with it for good.
Okay, I’m done ranting for now. Until Wednesday…stay tuned!