Dear Math

Adanna
Posted September 16, 2017 from Nigeria
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You are an interestingsubject, unique in your own way and very special too.

I wish I knew a lot of things about you before I met you.

I wish I had people who told me more about you.

My younger self tried to fall in love with you but it seemed the more I tried the more you put up 'fences' to stop me. Ok, maybe the ‘fence thing’ was all in my head or maybe it was the youthful exuberance thing, just maybe.

Some said you are difficult while others said you are really sweet if I get to know you better.

The older I grew, the more I made extra effort to love you and understand you better. I have to admit that it was not easy for me though.

Many people do take you for granted and do not value you much until it is almost too late while some say you make it difficult for them to understand you.

You have changed the lives of many. You have unlocked many mysteries and have contributed immensely to some of the most amazing discoveries in the story of mankind.

My dear math, many young girls still dread your presence. Some have been told right from childhood that you are too difficult to handle and this has made them run away from you. Some who have confronted you head on have stories to tell. Those who understood you early are glad they did.

In primary schools, boys and girls sit down quietly to listen to your stories. Girls and boys will tell you stories of how they want to become engineers, computer scientists, astronauts, pilots, writers, architects, scientists, pharmacists, doctors and teachers.

In secondary schools, most of the boys are willing to confront you on some of your stories while some of the girls do not want to be too forward in approaching you. Some of the girls silently back down in confronting you.

In universities, your presence is always visible. Even those who hate you cannot deny the fact that you are very important. Many groundbreaking researches that we are celebrating today were made possible because you were involved.

In many opportunities in life, your name is always popping up. Whether it is seeking for an admission or applying for a job, your name seems to come up somehow; directly or indirectly.

The year 2009, while I was seeking for admission to study a postgraduate course, your name was very visible in the email I received and the message was clear, “Mathematics must be among the five subjects you passed in your school certificate examination before you can be admitted”. No matter how much I pretend not to notice, I cannot deny your influence in my life everywhere I go.

I want more young girls to be on your friends list. I want them to understand you better and build a better relationship with you. You have a great role to play in their future. I do not want young girls to think you are difficult to understand, I know you mean well and I want them to know that too.

I wish I know what I know now, I would tell my younger self to open up more to you, not to be ashamed in asking questions and to have a mentor.

I wish many people especially young girls will be patient to understand your ways and embrace you as their friend.

This story was submitted in response to STEM Is for Everyone.

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Andreia Marques
Sep 16, 2017
Sep 16, 2017

This is beautiful.

Math and me, we've had a long, difficult relationship. You see, I'm terrible at it -- and yet, I love it; it has its own language, rhythm, and symmetry, which I love ever so much.

If only we were taught to meet math, and enjoy her beauty and grace, in spite of her gruff exterior... such beautiful stories she has to tell us, but we're told not to listen to her; that she is dangerous and cold and unfeeling, when she is nothing of the sort.

But we'll get there, we'll break down the barriers and know her -- and who knows? Maybe even fall in love with her, like I did. :)

Adanna
Sep 17, 2017
Sep 17, 2017

Dear Andreia,

Thank you!

Yes, I believe we'll get there and break down the barriers one at a time :) 

Love,

Adanna

Nakinti
Sep 16, 2017
Sep 16, 2017

Dear Adanna,

Memories about Mathematics, abound. You just took me down memory lane to think about our dear math. I hated it with a passion. I would regularly dodge from Math classes. I would even hate all the teachers taking Math. When I got to the University to study Women and Gender Studies, Math stirred at me in the face. I can remember how "Introduction to Social Statistics" which was a compulsory course almost took my head away. I continued the dodging and even hated the lecturer. I failed the course once and had to repeat the next year. The interesting thing is, the next year, I discovered how Math was sweet and I regretted not forming a friendship with him/her long long ago. I attended all my classes, attended tutorials and paid private classes. You know what, Adanna? I passed the course with an A in the second year because I concentrated and gave my all to understand it. Adanna, this is a such a lovely piece. Thank you so much for rekindling old memories.

With love

Nakinti

Adanna
Sep 17, 2017
Sep 17, 2017

Dear Nakinti,

Thank you!

I have spoken to a lot of young girls who dodge math classes because they hate the subject including the teachers.

Good to know you took time to understand math and succeeded in building a beautiful relationship with it. 

Well done sis and congrats too for passing the course with an A!

Love,

Adanna

Sophie Ngassa
Sep 24, 2017
Sep 24, 2017

Dear Adanna, Your poem is so lovely and welcoming. True Maths has always been a scary subject at school.I pray that teachers find all possible ways in making STEM in general more inviting for girls. Keep on inspiring girls at school to embrace this field. Kudos!

Adanna
Sep 24, 2017
Sep 24, 2017

Dear Sophie,

Thank you so much sis! 

Together, we will continue to inspire more young girls to embrace STEM!

Love,

Adanna

leila Kigha
Sep 28, 2017
Sep 28, 2017

"  I wish many people especially young girls will be patient to understand your ways and embrace you as their friend."

this phrase resumes so beautifully my story. Oh how I hated math, simply because I couldn't understand the dynamics and still don't lol

You write about it so beautifully I want to learn and give myself to it. 

Great write up and I pray every young girl will give herself to it. 

Adanna
Sep 28, 2017
Sep 28, 2017

Dear Leila,

Thank you so much!

I do hope you will understand the dynamics someday... lol

I also pray every young girl will give herself to it.

Cheers sis!

Love,

Adanna

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Oct 04, 2017
Oct 04, 2017

Dear Adanna

You have made my day. Math was my worst subject and my brain  always switched off during math and science subjects. It was not easy for me considering they were core subjects up to senior 4. The math teachers were always fierce and unfriendly and not approachable. Thanks for sharing.

Adanna
Oct 05, 2017
Oct 05, 2017

Dear Anita,

I am glad I made your day :)

Some of the reasons you mentioned on why you hated Maths I can relate to.

I do hope more educators and teachers will be encouraged to keep looking for ways to make Maths more interesting for young girls.

Cheers sis!

Love,

Adanna

maeann
Nov 02, 2017
Nov 02, 2017

Dear Adanna,

I am not a fan of math (honestly).  But I agree that I hope teachers will make a friendly way to teach math so that it will not be hard for the students.

Adanna
Nov 04, 2017
Nov 04, 2017

Dear Maeann,

I understand not everyone is a fan but I do hope you will become a fan someday :)

Love,

Adanna

maeann
Nov 05, 2017
Nov 05, 2017

hoping someday too :)