fleazo wrote:But then suddenly, I took topology this semester...and it all "clicked". Real analysis, algebra, topology, these classes all became very easy for me suddenly. Topology is like cake for me, and I can't for the life of me understand why the other classes were so difficult for me before. The reason I think it is easy for me now is just because I put such a huge amount of time and effort into these classes. I can't stress enough how none of it came naturally to me, but only after a lot of dedication and hard work.
Everyone tells me PhD programs for math are impossible to get into. I am really worried.
If you don't mind, who is "everyone," what exactly are they telling you, and which programs are they saying are "impossible" to get into? MIT et. al. might be a bit out of your reach if you don't do some killer research first, but that doesn't mean you don't have a future in mathematics.
fleazo wrote:Yesterday was talking with my roommate and told her of my plans to apply, she just kind of stopped awe struck and said "are you sure? you have to have a really innate talent to do your PhD in math if it's not applied math." I guess this is the kind of discouragement I'm talking about.
If I ever say anything like "well, I've worked hard and it's really catching on now." they just say "well everything you're studying is so basic and elementary that you don't really know yet". I don't get it, these are graduate level math theory courses, when will I know? This is the response I get from almost every student I mention it to! Then they just keep going on and on about how it's so damned impossible so I should reconsider.
But now honestly in topology, I breeze through the course although I find it completely fascinating so I just study so much and love every moment of it. I just don't find it difficult at all (note, I don't say any of these thing to brag, just trying to give a complete picture of my current situation. Again, I really sucked so much at all of this originally which is why I'm confused)
Anyway, is it even worth it to pursue a PhD in mathematics or do you need to be one of these people who just don't have to work and it's all cake from the first moment?
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