You must decide what level of accomplishment will constitute "mathematician". In your head, it will be different from society's opinion.
I desire to understand and apply math(pure and applied). I'm tired of using the excuse that I have not been taught math properly(which is true). I have enjoyed using math in video game development, engineering, and computation; sometimes becoming angered because I am not able to produce an effect or product due to not having the necessary understanding of math.
I have read a post, from MHF sister forum Physics Forum<http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=122924>, describing that I should read about great mathematicians and practice solving mathematical problems. Which I have plan to do.
I have a future goal of becoming a computer scientist with the alternative career choices of a mechanical engineer or video game developer(I do not state career decisions to boast or brag, but to portray my desired application of math) I am currently attending Florida A&M University as a Freshman at FAMU-FSU College of Engineering<http://www.eng.fsu.edu/> for Mechanical Engineering. After obtaining my BA in Mechanical Engineering, I hope to transfer and receive a PhD in Computer Science; which is the necessary academic degree to become a computer scientist.
Any other recommendation to becoming a mathematician would be gladly appreciated and desired!
What I define as being a mathematician is the ability to understand not memorize math by:
I. Perception - By perception I mean being able to draw the situation, observe the actions, and deduce variables.
II. Logic - By logic I mean being able to manipulate variables in more than one way to achieve the desire state.
III. Rate - By rate I mean being able to perceive and reason faster with accuracy and precision over time.
IV. Pleasure - By pleasure I mean being motivated by an interest to solve a problem due to the product of accomplishment or potential application.
V. Usage - By usage I mean the frequent subconscious use of math because of its relation to the everyday events observed in one's life and imagination.
Achieving these states would be my level of accomplishment. I just don't know where to start.