11 Things All Math Majors Understand

11 Things All Math Majors Understand

People think you're some kind of super genius.

The world views math majors as an anomaly. How could you like something that the whole world seems to hate? How could you understand something so random and abstract? Maybe we are all just Einstein level geniuses. Maybe we have some mental illness that makes us the only people that know what the heck our math professors are talking about. The world may never understand us math majors, but there are some things that are universally understood in our major.

1. Using a basic scientific calculator.

I know I used to know how to use this thing back in like 3rd grade, but like, how do you even graph on this thing? Is it even doing real math? I'm not sure.

2. Telling people you are a math major.

You go from being a normal person to a super genius in their eyes. They immediately tell you the story of the time they decided math ruined their life (some test they failed, a mean teacher, etc.) and they expect you to just realize that they are right and change your major.

3. When you've been learning a concept for months and it suddenly makes sense.

Sometimes you spend months learning and doing a concept with absolutely no idea what you're doing or why. Then one day someone says one thing and it all clicks and you realize what you've been doing this whole time. Why was this so hard for you to get?

4. Your math family is stronger than your real family.

Math is hard and going through hell together brings you closer than ever. You probably spend finals week sleeping on each other's couch after trying to make your 3 am-self understand an abstract concept.

5. When someone doesn't understand basic math concepts.

A real conversation I had the other day:

Me: "Oh, you just take the average, right?"

Them: "No, you add up all the parts and then divide by the number of parts you added."

6. Trying to convince undecided students to be math majors.

Freshmen never think they want to be a math major. Who comes into college with plans to do math anyway? We're always just subtly pushing the babies into our amazing department.

7. Getting excited by seeing math in everyday life.

We spend hours in the classroom trying to understand what's happening in the real world and you almost never get the real world applications but when you actually see math happening you have a little fangirl moment to yourself because honestly, no one else understands what you're seeing.

8. When you see someone with a golden ratio tattoo.

This random stranger understands me! Please talk to me about math, please I'm begging you I'm stuck in a world of nonbelievers.

9. Your friends come to you for all their math help needs.

You're basically a celebrity or a superhero or a mom. Anyone who comes in to help the outsiders when they are struggling with their core curriculum math class.

10. Coming out of a test.

Math tests aren't easy for anyone. Math major or not your brain can not handle doing so much math under pressure. We get it but it's worth it in the end.

11. They think it's a boys club but the steminists are here!

Everyone thinks that math is a stereotypical man's world but women are changing the dynamic one degree at a time. Hidden Figures is showing a generation of women the amazing opportunities they can have in this field. We're still fighting but we're fighting to win.

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.

Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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6 Reasons Why I Prefer Any Season Over Spring

Who knows what Mother Nature is gonna throw our way. There may be 85 degree weather that forces me to pull out shorts and sandals, that turns into a tornado warning by 3 pm that very same day.


April showers bring May flowers...

and pollen

and finals

and summer internship applications,

and the list goes on.

This time of year is the epitome of stress. Not only are college students frantically preparing for the end of the year, but everything outside of school seems to be set at fast-forward as well. Here are 6 reasons why I spend all of spring wishing it over with.

1. My respiratory system shuts completely off


From about end of March, until beginning of May, I become a mouth-breather who goes through nearly a roll of toilet paper a day. Meanwhile I draw uncomfortable stares from all of my classmates when I sneeze back-to-back during the most important part of the lecture. Don't ask if you see me walking around campus wearing an allergen-induced surgical mask.

2. I cannot make time for anyone.


Whether I am filling out an application for an organization position, studying for midterms and starting to prep for finals, or coordinating my work schedule, this time of the semester feels like it's going at about 90 in a 50, and there's no slowing down. The worst part is, there's no one around me to ease the tension because all of my closest friends are just as stressed as I am.

3. The weather is a toss-up


Who knows what Mother Nature is gonna throw our way. There may be 85 degree weather that forces me to pull out shorts and sandals, that turns into a tornado warning by 3 pm that very same day. If there's one thing I have learned in college it's to always carry my umbrella and rain coat during second semester.

4. Laundry, Laundry, Laundry


And due to Reason #3, I have so much more laundry when I am changing clothes two or three times a day because of humidity and torrential downpours.

5. Seniors graduate


As the year comes to a close, you brace yourself for saying goodbye to a class of individuals who were some of the people that welcomed you into college as a freshman. Additionally, you realize that you're one semester closer to being in that position yourself. This equates to adulthood, which realistically, no one is every ready for.

6. No Christmas AND no Birthday


Need I say more? No gifts is no fun.

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