Today, I was required to do some budget reconciling at work. On a Friday afternoon. This involved math. Now, I don’t enjoy math anytime, but I harbor particular resentment for it at 3 p.m. on a Friday. Might have something to do with the fact that I’m not good at it. This may be a result of the phenomenon where girls spiral downward in the math and sciences in middle school, never to recover. Hardly matters. It’s not a skill I can perfect at this point. I tried a few years back when I was reviewing for the math section of the GRE. I thought approaching math as an adult would be easier. I was wrong. As I was over and over again on my answers. In fact, I maintain that all the time spent studying parallelograms would have been better invested in a good guessing strategy. My language score was almost double the math. No MIT for me.
And here I am, years later thinking how all those math teachers were right. Math does come in handy. And not just for calculating 30% off a slammin’ pair of jeans, but in almost-as-important places like say, your job.