I started out my first four years as an EE major with a minor in Pure Math. I got accepted into the grad program as an Applied Maths grad student. Alas, I had no funding and ended up enlisting into the military for a second time to save money. Then, I returned as a grad student and ended up modeling traffic.
I love mathematics. It’s both a language and a philosophy. Sadly, most folks aren’t given the chance to appreciate it - because of the way it is taught. It’s taught by rote, rather than as a language and using that language to evaluate statements for truth (as decided by the philosophy).
Math didn’t come easy to me. In fact, I despised it in high school. (Technically, I went to a fancy prep school.) I was struggling to find the area of a right triangle when the instructor said, “You know, you can just turn it into a square, find the area, and divide that by half.” It was at that point that I realized mathematics was a language and that things could be expressed in many ways.
I still hated math. I actually took the minor on because I knew I’d need to improve my math to be any good as an EE. I ended up modeling traffic because I was a poor grad student and Massachusetts was willing to give me their accumulated data for the low price of nothing. The rest is, shall we say, history.
In 2007, our economy imploded. The government announced that they’d be investing billions in the highway infrastructure. My company became very valuable overnight and I was offered an absurd sum of money to sell it. I chose to do so and have been retired ever since.
And, well, that’s about it. That’s how I got to here. I just got really lucky and was in the right place at the right time.
As you can see, I do not mind digression! All work and no play makes for a dull thread. Besides, you’re probably a mod! It’s not like you’re going to ban yourself!