Ever since I can remember, I have disliked math. It probably started around junior high when we did more than just add, subtract, divide, multiply, etc. The concepts got more abstract to me and I had a hard time wrapping my head around them. By the time I got to Geometry in high school, forget it. I couldn’t tell you anything about a triangle today except that it has three sides. I have no idea how I made it out of that math class alive.
I got A’s in most of my math classes (except Geometry, I think I got a B), mostly because I wanted to do well in school and get good grades. I would just study and learn what I needed to know for the tests and then promptly forget . Surprisingly I was pretty good at Algebra but I don’t think I could solve for “x” if someone put a formula in front of me at the point in my life.
Let’s fast forward to today. I work in the marketing department at a credit card processing company. I have a great job that I absolutely love. The only time I have ever needed to use math was to show the percent of change in the number of new merchant accounts that we acquired year over year. Besides, the payment processing industry really revolves around the only kind of math that I like: the addition and subtraction of money.
In school I was always a bit afraid of going out and getting a job in the “real world” because I wasn’t strong in math. My teachers would try to scare me into learning it because they threatened that I would “need it later.” Well, that’s just a big joke to me now. I have never had to apply any high level math concepts in my career and I am doing quite well, thank you. Plus, if I ever need some math-related help, I have my dear friend the search engine to point me in the right direction.