I recently completed the final math course I have to ever take which is “statistics”. It was an absolute nightmare. If you read some of my previous posts, you’d know just how much I absolutely loathe mandatory math courses/classes. But now that I have completed statistics I don’t have to take a math course ever again since I’m a non STEM major. Here’s some metaphors to show how good it feels.
- I feel so relieved, it’s as if I put down a backpack full of heavy stones.
- It’s another example of David vs Goliath
- I feel as if I’ve slayed the beast
- I feel like I just overthrew a totalitarian regime
- I feel as if I’ve become the new alpha male of a pack or pride.
1.) Restored Hope: I feel a sense of relief that I haven’t felt in 6 years and that’s the feeling that everything is going to be alright. If you would have asked me a couple years ago where do I see myself in a decade, I would have told you that “I’m not sure, maybe I’d have to move to a different area where everything is inexpensive.” But by completing statistics, completing my general ed courses and guaranteeing myself an associate’s in arts degree, a Bachelor’s degree now seems like a realistic goal.
2.)I can now start looking for a job: One of the reasons I’ve been putting aside job searches is because I felt that trying to go to work and also have time to study for math would be too hectic. Trying to focus on your job while having your mind preoccupied by something else is a recipe for disaster, I learned that the hard way in my first job. But now that I don’t have to worry about math courses ever again, I can start looking for a job since the rest of my college courses don’t require as much studying as math does and so I can divide my focus between my job, my academics and my personal life.
3.)Significantly less stressed: I feel less tension and less pressure of having to study for math exams. It’s one thing to solve a mathematical problem in every day tasks like measuring a cloth. But when it’s a whole list of math problems that you have to solve without any form of assistance and also get graded for them, it’s a real pain in the ass. Now that I don’t have to worry about that anymore I feel much more relaxed.
4.) More time/more autonomy: Now that I don’t have to worry about math courses anymore I notice that I now have more time to do more productive things than spend 1-2 hours a day studying for a stupid math exam. I can use those hours to do chores, workout more etc.
So yeah I feel super relieved that I don’t have to worry about mandatory college math anymore.