"Until Second Grade, I thought math was really hard and pretty boring. But that year my grandfather, who was a math professor in India, came here for a long visit. We spent hours together every day doing problems and learning new things. His passion for math sort of rubbed off on me, and bonding with him over math somehow solidified this interest for me.
It's thrilling to make connections between what I've learned along the way and what I'm learning now. The problems are more complex and more realistic, and what we're learning can actually be applied in the real world. I find it sad sometimes that people don't see the fun aspect of math. I like to find good math memes and post them in the hallway on the cork board. It's important to discover the fun in things we might otherwise find boring. My teachers Mr. Asch and Mr. Rubens have had a big hand in that process for me here at PDS. They are great math teachers who have also motivated me and helped me to figure out who I am. Plus, they like my puns."