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How stressful is studying math in college?

I am interested in studying math in college, but I do not want to constantly being under stress throughout college. I have heard rumors that majoring in math can be extremely stressful. What do you think? What resources would I have in college for assistance? #mathematics

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Hey Nicholas!

There will usually be stressful periods of time during college. We all face some sort of adversity and we all deal with it in our own way. I usually am one that will be stressed out during a big test, but colleges have help anytime you need it. Professors have office hours that you can visit and get extra help, and some colleges have a "Math Center" (or something similar) where tutors are readily available throughout the week at all times of the day to answer any questions you may have. I took advantage of tutors help during many of my math courses and it was a great help. If math is what interests you, by all means go for it! Don't let the idea of stress scare you away.


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You will need to focus on stress and time management. In order to manage stress you have to manage your time wisely. <span style="background-color: transparent;">You have to set a routine for yourself and stick to it for the most part. Once you get into the groove of a routine it will be much easier for you to manage your time and have enough time for everything you need to do (including relaxing). Make yourself to-do lists on a weekly basis, use Google calendar or a planner to keep track of events, deadlines, and due dates. In addition to setting a routine and sticking to it, plan out relaxing activities into your day. Or set aside a time, after everything is done for the day, that you can have "me" time. I have also personally found it essential to not only find time for myself but also make use of that time in a way that is best for me and my holistic wellness. I have found the HeadSpace app to be an essential tool in helping me relax and generally feel more relaxed throughout the day, Guided meditation, even if you have a busy schedule, will make you feel more at ease and relaxed throughout the day as a whole (not just when you have the time to relax and focus on that "me" time).</span>

<span style="background-color: transparent;">Set a routine.Use Google Calendar.Set aside Me TimeWrite weekly to-do lists and use a planner.Find a peaceful and restful activity that will help you feel relaxed.</span>

Last updated Apr 03 at 15:03

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I was a math major in undergrad (double major with CS in fact), and my graduate classes were also very heavily math-based, scientific computing, that sort of thing. I found that with my friends and I in the program, people got stressed out when they fell behind, didn't understand things, and just generally were not having fun. So, my advice would be:

  • Stay on top of things. Go to every class. Start your homework and projects when you get them, and ask questions when you don't understand something. Get help when you need it. Sounds tough, but I found that by maintaining personal discipline, I had more free time and less stress than a lot of my friends who procrastinated.
  • Make friends in your classes. Most likely you will share a lot of classes with those same folks. You can help each other, and commiserate when the professor is terrible (it happens). Also, a terrific way to learn something is by teaching it (helping your friends out, tutoring) because if you can teach something, you know it cold.
  • Don't be afraid to drop a class when it needs to be done. You can always retake something and a W looks a lot better than a C.
  • Have fun! You're in the program because you like math probably. But that doesn't mean every subject will be a party. Find what you like and try to take classes in that field. The same goes for good professors. If the professor is awesome, a hard subject can be easy.
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