Written by Cecilia Ymaz, Sophomore at CVHS
How many times have you heard the phrase, “I’m not a math person”? The truth is, there is no such thing as a math or English person. In fact, we are all math people! My middle school math teacher always emphasized the idea that math is a beautiful, universal language. Everyone is equally capable of learning this wonderful language that can be seen anywhere you go. Math is what makes up this world, and I believe it should be embraced by everyone.
I will never forget the day a substitute teacher for my third-grade class told us, “Math is the only subject that can tell you the truth.” And he wasn’t wrong; math will never lie to you. While there will be many different and creative ways to solve one problem, math always remains objective. The beauty of math is that we can search for the truth using our imagination and critical-thinking skills.
What would the world look like if we didn’t use math? What would businesses do without the use of compound interest and investments? How would proper infrastructure be built? How would we pay for products and services on a daily basis? This only proves that math is in every nook and cranny of the universe. In reality, we have relied on math our entire lives for simple things such as checking the time and cooking food. But every day, we constantly depend on math for complex ideas like the health care system and constructing strong buildings and bridges.
I love the challenges we are faced with when doing math. Instead of responding to math problems with panic, I have learned to approach them with focus and determination. Math brings me joy knowing that it truly is the purest and simplest subject there is when it is broken down. While not everyone may enjoy math or find it very interesting, everyone should have the opportunity to learn about its beauty with a growth mindset.