23 thoughts on “Weekend Question Thread

  1. Oh, I was a math-phobe of legendary stature. I HATED math. Hence, my Fine Arts Degree – much smaller math requirement.
    I am better about it now, but only because I don’t HAVE to worry about a grade.
    Elspeth

  2. same here: math
    even now, preparing to take the GRE again, having to use a special math prep book. provokes weird memories of junior high.

  3. Science. Science SUCKED. And especially because I have research scientist parents…it was simply made worse by asking my dad a biology question and getting a seminar on the whole damn subject. Urrrrggghh.
    Math improved immensely for me once I got out of eighth grade, ’cause I had a horrible teacher. But science still drove me up the wall. I barely squeaked by in chemistry all year only to get an A on the final, a standardized exam. That date of science’s last gasp for me STILL perplexes me to this day – how the hell did I DO that?

  4. Needlework. I once managed to side-hem an apron different ways round on each side 🙂
    I am the granddaughter of a Master Tailor who could cut out a three piece suit using hand-chalking and scissors.
    *Shame*

  5. There were no best subjects. There were only subjects best left alone. Hence, the factory day to day.

  6. i never memorize the multiplication tables past 5 i think. i breezed thru algebra, but after that. NO WANT,, but even more so CHEMISTRY. just more FUCKING MATH! physics too, WHY did my mother insist i take that shit? tho in physics class i finally firgured out the sign cosign shit. BUT I DELETED IT ALL! NO WANT. all that remains is e-mc squared. earth science way better.

  7. I was mostly an “A” student in grade school, but I remember getting a “D” in arithmetic in 4th grade. It was either trouble with long division or emotional fallout due to stuff going on at home.
    More recently, in law school I was on law review (top 10%) but got a mediocre C+ in legal writing. Today (20 years later), I have a legal-writing blog, and people generally agree that writing is my strong suit. Which I guess shows that sometimes grades are irrelevant in predicting professional success.

  8. (ironically, I was the h.s. queen of science as far as I pursued it – I won the Biology award! 🙂 I would have gone further, but once they moved past dissecting starfish/frogs/beeeeg worms, I couldn’t bring myself to cut up a catz…)
    In college, my classes for my Art History minor were pretty much my favorites, espec. “English Country Houses & Gardens”…ohhh yeah! 🙂 Oh, and my electives for Stage Craft & Scenic Design.
    Once I started associating art history (visuals) to actual events/peeps – history became my drug of choice.
    🙂 Elspeth

  9. I hate cars. I hate fixing them, looking for the dipstick to check the oil, going to the mecanic to get a tune up. I can do advanced physics in my sleep but have a big grief with carburetors. camshafts and distributor caps.
    I took auto shop in ’74 because our worthless school counselor said that all freshmen boys take it, I transfered to Chemistry mid-semester. The shop teacher called my mother and said I may have a learning disability because I couldn’t comprehend auto mechanics. I think he even thought I was gay!
    Heaven forbid a male student doesn’t pass through the ceremonial doors of the auto shop before graduation. And yes, the stink bomb was my fault but don’t tell anyone… they still wonder who it was.

  10. High School least favorite subject: Religion (it was an all girl Catholic High School)
    College least favorite course: statistics
    (I adored any kind of science course and after graduation went into a career: Toxicologist

  11. In high school, algebra. In college, statistics; neither one made any sense to me until I figured out practical uses for each. Some people experience near-orgasmic ecstasy working with numbers, equations, summations, gradations, div and curl, and like that. More power to them. I like words.
    Peace, V.

  12. From fifth grade through high school sophomore year I took every math course twice: once, to flunk it during the school year, and a again, to pass with a “D” in summer school. I wisely abandoned math altogether after sophomore year.
    To this day, I count on my fingers, and in 42 years, I’ve never balanced my checkbook.

  13. When I worked with people in the high tech industry many of them excelled in math. They were not so good with English. But they assumed that other people who wrote about the industry would be good in English and math because they are in the high tech industry.
    They would be talking about some projections of growth and then say to the former English major turned marketing director. “Well, you can do the math.”
    I told them, “NEVER assume that they can do the math!”
    I was terrible in grammar and spelling.
    That led to my use of short sentences and simple words. I can tell people I write like this to emulate Hemingway, but it’s really because I’ve always been bad at grammar and spelling.

  14. I was a pretty good student in high school (skipped my senior year to go to college), but it was in Louisiana, so that’s quite a sliding scale.
    My least favorite subjects would’ve been religion (I’m another Catholic school refugee)…and English Composition, I guess.
    Funny though, by the time I graduated from college, I was having trouble writing term papers with fewer pages than the maximum allowed.

  15. Math, without a doubt. I barely squeaked through college on a ton of English and Journalism courses and took college algebra relentlessly until I finally passed. High school was no different. Ironically, nearly a decade after college, I went into business with a contractor brother-in-law, opening a kitchen & bath remodeling showroom. As I designed kitchens and began having to calculate angles and volumes, all the algebra and geometry I took in high school came flooding back. It was the proverbial light bulb clicking on above my head. But I’ll always be a writer and am happy that my life has followed this path in life.

  16. I was usually okay in math…
    In Catholic high school I struggled in religion classes.
    In English/Lit classes I always had a hard time getting an ‘A’. I always seemed to have a hard time closing the deal with the creative writing sorts.

  17. religion was the only class i cheated in. amazing what can be written on a No.2 pencil.
    elspeth, have you ever tried reading a pre WW1 encyclopedia britannica? best history class ever. i expect at least a masters by the time i hit Z. 1903 is pretty, but my 1891 set is OK.

  18. …oddly, given my career field, math was my worst subject. It is cruelly ironic that much of my professional life is directly connected to the application of math concepts. It has been a long, ugly, brutal, thirty years trying to avoid looking like a newly-hooked mackerel flopping and gasping on the planked floor of the fishing dock while trying to appear as though I was up to speed with all sorts of evil mathematic mysteries that all those oh-so-smart bastards around me seemed so breezily capable of understanding and applying…

  19. Home Ec. I hated it with a passion. Which is weird, since I now count needlepoint and cooking both among my favorite hobbies.
    I struggled in my first year of algebra, mainly because the class was right after lunch and the teacher was the world’s most soporific. (Srsly, his voice should be used for treating insomnia. Smart guy, but that voice! Yikes.)
    But I took the class again the next year (even tho I squeaked out a C) and aced it. It put me a year behind everybody else, but at least I knew what I was doing. (Ironically, I work a lot with math now in my day job.)
    History, on the other hand, was like crack. It’s a good thing it’s legal.

  20. Loved math all through elementary and middle school, loved Algebra I and Geometry and Algebra II and then Trig in high school, and then hit the absolute fucking wall with calculus. Managed to get out with a D+ because the teacher knew how hard I was trying.
    Now, 20+ years later, I still don’t understand what the hell they were thinking when they came up with imaginary numbers and the square root of negative 1. As if all the real numbers couldn’t give us enough trouble already…

  21. I’m gonna have to go with the consensus here, and say math. Ihated math. I was always really bad at it, and it didn’t help at home that my folks were convinced that I was bad at itbecause I hated it, no matter how many times I tried to explain to them that I hated it because I was bad at it. (I like all the subjects I’m good at; I’m lazy that way.) Later on, I was diagnosed with dyscalculia, which is to math what dyslexia is to reading, and later still, a friend of mine figured out that I have no metacognitive awareness of numbers the way most people do.
    Almost two decades after I quit formal mathematical education (early), I am still struggling with algebra. On the other hand, I’ve been paid money to write about statistics and understand them relatively well. Anyone who can figure that one out, let me know.

  22. hate statistics still; flunked them in juco and again in college, changed my major (out of engineering technology into technical writing).
    Now I wish I’d hung onto physics, but I still loathe chemistry. Funny, considering my calling is probably public health.
    (Spreadsheets make statistics damn near painless, btw)

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