I have always been fascinated by math since I was a child. Each math topic came with a new set of rules, and I enjoyed learning about the various math systems. I remember doing better on my math homework by waking up super early every morning and approaching it with a refreshed mind.

After I got out of the military, I used my Army College Fund for college. I started out as a Computer Science major, and I took the standard round of math classes - Calculus 1, 2, 3, 4, Nat Logs, Diff Eq, but it was taking a Statistics course that changed everything.

The class was Basic Statistics, the professor was very patient and eventually became a mentor to me, and for the first time I felt like I didn’t have to try as hard to learn. As I started to understand the terminology and solving, I then enjoyed the analysis that came afterward.

I chalked up all the computer coding and math courses to experience and changed majors to Information Systems, enrolled in an Advanced Statistics course, same professor, and I never looked back.

I stuck with Statistics when I was in grad school, and it’s still something I enjoy today because I love metrics, numbers, and analyzing. That’s how I discovered this forum, about a year ago, just from doing a search looking for some more information, and learning from it.

Over the years, the one thing I’ve realized about math is its not always fun. It can be hard work, but if you keep at it, it gets better. We all learn math in our unique way, and for me, the learning is something that I value more than anything else.