Champions of Wayne Blog
Arion Logan is a 2016 graduate of Wayne Memorial who has overcome significant obstacles to get where she is. Her persistence in pursuing the Spartan Advantage Scholarship, which is awarded to economically disadvantaged students, has resulted in a full scholarship and a previously unforeseen array of opportunities. This is her story in her words.
Unless you’re some sort of math wiz, or the next Albert Einstein, you’ve probably faced a hardship in math at least once throughout your lifetime. Rather it be elementary arithmetic, or high school calculus, math can be extremely difficult. For me, math has always been something I’ve struggled with. I realized in high school that math was not something that would be easy for me, and thus began my struggle of all things math. Although I hate math, I choose a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) major anyway because I have a passion for science. Ultimately I want to become an anesthesiologist, a doctor who administers anesthesia to patients before a major procedure.
As a freshman at Michigan State University, there is a requirement to take a placement exam to determine what math class you will be put into. After taking my placement exam I was put into MTH 103, college algebra. Although I was proud of myself for this accomplishment because I tested out of the intermediate level math classes, I was afraid that I wouldn’t do well.
Now, 5 weeks into the semester, and MTH 103, I have failed 2 quizzes and am questioning if a STEM major is for me, or if I will ever do well in math. The answer to both of those questions is yes. I will not change my major just because a bump in the road occurs. Also, I will find a way to do well in math, whatever it takes. I am at Michigan State to succeed in all things I do, and that will happen.
I have came to the conclusion that math is and will always be difficult for me, and it takes more time for me to understand it, but with a little extra work I will make it. It will take many hours of studying, tutoring sessions, determination, and countless tears, but math will not be my downfall this semester, or any other semester for that matter.
Until next blog…..