For background, I’m a senior in High School planning on applying as a Civil Engineering major. I like the hands-on components of AP Physics and AP Enviro Sci, and I have aspirations to improve our sustainable infrastructure to help create a more “Green” planet.
I used to full on despise math, until my 8th grade math teacher came down from heaven and actually got me to at least be willing to sit down and do it. For me, having a good math teacher and learning environment makes a huge difference, and I may not always do perfect in the class (and I generally don’t understand the late concepts until we review them in the next class) but I can least handle it.
Right now, I am pulling my hair out over AP Calc. I don’t think I’ve ever hated a class this much. I don’t know if it’s because the proctor sucks (which he does), or because I’m stuck at home learning over Zoom, or some other reason, but I cannot stand the thought of learning this level of math at the college level.
At one level, I’m trying not to dismiss engineering too quickly because I’m having a bad experience. But at the other, it’s not an experience I’d like to repeat especially since I have other career paths that are appealing to me, like environmental science and law. It’s very hard for me to remember that the math is fun when I can apply it to something more tangible, but I’m not looking forward to getting that far.
So basically that basically was a really long way to ask the following question: How extensively will I need to learn higher level math in college, and how much of that will be needed for my career? Those of you who are engineers and didn’t like math, how did you get through it? Was it better to learn it in college than in high school? And finally, what might be some “similar but different” pursuits that are like Civil, but don’t quite have so much math?