Today I showed a video of a young woman talking about majoring in math. Watch it here, it’s pretty good. She explains she is just a regular person who studies math by choice and that regular people can do it and do do it all the time.

It is a message I try to get through to the students every day but perhaps hearing from someone closer to their age can be an inspiration. Perhaps hearing the same message from a middle aged man and an early twenties woman can help illustrate that math is indeed everywhere.

A student asked if a specific term I was using in class would be the same term used on a standardized test. I assured the student it was a universal term. Perhaps a way for students to appreciate the subject and study harder is to insure they realize that the classroom is not a vacuum. That what happens in the classroom is applicable to the real world, and that the classroom is actually part of the real world.