 Dewey: [singing] Math is a wonderful thing. Math is a really cool thing. So get off your 'ath, let's do some math. Math, math, math, math, math. Three minus four is...
 Summer: Negative one.
 Dewey: [singing] That's riiiiight. And six times a billion is...
 Marco: Six billion?
 Dewey: [singing] Nailed it! And 54 is 45 more than…. What is the answer Marta?
 Marta: Nine.
 Dewey: [singing] No it's eight.
 Marta: No, it's nine.
 Dewey: [singing] ...Yes, I was just testing you, it's nine. And that's a magic number.
 ~Jack Black on School of Rock
 Math and I have a lovehate relationship. I'm not really sure if I loved Math when I was smaller, but back in high school, Math for me was such a breeze. I never dreaded quizzes or long tests in Math, sometimes, all I had to do to ace them is to study during our recess or lunch breaks. In fact, back in 2nd year, I was able to perfect 2 periodical exams in Math that drove our Math teacher to comment, "Itong si Dizon talaga, ang goal yata niya ay makaprefect lagi sa exam!" So am I really good? Well, relative to my classmates, I guess so. But before you think this is one of those IamsogoodandIamgoingbragitinthebloggosphere type of post, let me make clear: I am no Math wizard. Well, I am 'good' at and I appreciate Math  I survived engineering all these years, I even competed in the Math Olympiad (I didn't win, hehe!), I enjoy tallying and computing stuff  but I ain't no quickthinking human calculator.
 I came from a decent private Catholic school but unfortunately, what they teach us does not make us academically competitive with those public science high schools. That's why my alittleaboveaverage skills in Math is viewed by my batchmates as something extremely superior. Whereas when placed in the company of public science high school alumni, I will definitely eat dust. So imagine my horror when I came to UP  our first few lessons were supposed to be just a review of past high school lessons and yet it was my first time to encounter such theories and techniques.
I had a total of 24 units of Math subjects in my course (not counting the other subjects or majors that are not handled by the Math departments but nevertheless are Mathintensive) and my Math GWA is 2.48. Therefore, I am hardly your reliable Math wizard.
Nevertheless, I had fun having an impromptu tutorial to 3 freshie orgmates last Tuesday for their Math 100 exam. I never took Math 100 but its topic falls well within the scope of my Math 53 and Math 54. I found it quite ironic because back in my Calculus days, I was struggling with the same thing. But fast forward 4 years later, and mainly thanks to my extensive Math experience after 6 years in Engineering (kapag talaga paulitulit, magegets mo rin!), I was able to pay forward the help my upperclassmen friends extended to me when it was I who struggled with numbers (and their rate of change with respect to time, haha!)
