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Why Math is Important for Every Student, No Matter the Major!

Math. The topic usually brings about mixed responses from both students and parents. The majority of students say, "I'm not good at Math!" or "I don't need it for my major, so why bother?" When nothing can be further from the truth. No matter what your major is, Math is the single most important class you will take in high school and this is why:

1. Math is the only class that you will need to know the basics going into college. Hold on, let me explain. When a student enters college and takes their beginner core courses, they are usually selected based on ability. In English, most professors expect you don't know how to write a proper paper, therefore English 1101 is meant to teach you everything, including the basics. Fast forward with any other type of liberal arts class or even things like History, and you will be taught every single thing you need to know during the class. You start from the bottom and work your way up. This isn't true for Math, unlike even Science classes, you are expected to know basic Algebra rules and be able to build off what you learned in high school. This is especially prevalent for students who start off in Pre-Calculus or Calculus and continue on.  Now I know what you're thinking, I'm not a STEM major. I don't need to take Math in college. That's a common misconception. Which is why I'm addressing that next. 

 2. Every student, no matter the major, must take at least one Math course! There is no way around it. Every accredited university in the United States requires it as a core class. With that being said, it is really wise to be prepared going into Algebra, Pre-Calculus, or Calculus. 

 3. Finally, and perhaps most importantly. You need Math in everyday life. You need Math to budget, handle finances, and file taxes. These skills also carry over to things that you day in and day out. Through work and school, problem solving and analytical thinking skills are needed for everyday life.

I hope this clears up why Math is the most important subject that a high school student can take. No matter what your level is, put forward your best effort in Math classes. I know they can be stressful at times, especially when you don’t have a good professor. That doesn’t mean you can’t learn, though. Get help! Math truly prepares you for the rest of your life. If your professors teaching style doesn’t click for you go to tutoring, create a study group, and talk to other Math professors. These are all ways you can excel in not only Math, but high school, and college. If I could go back and redo high school, I would have taken my Math classes much more seriously and truly tried to learn. Have a great afternoon and learn something new!
Raquel C
Experienced STEM Tutor and School Mentor
Georgia State University
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