For my entire life, I thought I was bad at math. I *hated* math. It was painful and tedious. I always did poorly and my parents and teachers criticized me for it. I was a self-professed "english" person who preferred writing and arts.

Due to life circumstances, I spent the majority of my early 20s jobless and floating around from gig to gig. I had no real skills and was always broke. It was a frustrating, scary, and heartbreaking time.

Eventually with some luck, I ended up going back to school to get a computer science degree. Because it had to do with CS, I knew I had to improve my math skills. Despite being terrified, these two posts motivated me:

https://terrytao.wordpress.com/career-advice/does-one-have-to-be-a-genius-to-do-maths/

https://terrytao.wordpress.com/career-advice/work-hard/

Realizing even a math prodigy has to work hard, I went back to community college and retook Algebra 1. No joke. As a man nearing 30, I sat with kids almost half my age relearning the x and y axis and setting points (yes, that's how bad my math skills were).

Eventually, I got an A. Then, I took Intermediate Algebra. Then Geometry. Then Trigonometry, Pre-Calc, Calculus 1, Calculus 2, Multivariable Calculus, and Discrete Math. This took years of hard work and humility, but I kept going.

Random pics: https://imgur.com/a/CVQ71Ss

Now I've graduated and I have a job. To reiterate, **this could not have been possible without you guys**. 100%. I posted tons of questions about graphs, curves, polynomials, factoring, proofs, integrals...and there was always some kindhearted whiz writing 5 paragraphs to clear up my confusion.

I took on this journey alone, but I always knew I had this sub to help me out and have my back. There were times when I was stuck on a problem at 2 AM and only had this sub to rely on. And when I did, someone always came to save me. When you get to be an adult, you realize that's a rare and special thing.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!