On and on you will hike.

 And I Know you’ll hike far

and face up to your problems

whatever they are.

                 –Dr. Seuss

“There is a solution to every problem.” I remember when my teacher, Mrs. Motinklipski (who had just so happened to have been my stepmother’s teacher eleven years prior) told this to my Trigonometry class one day. It makes sense. I think it is this that has made mathematics the most fun for me—the knowledge that there is a solution and the satisfaction that comes along with finding it. I guess one could compare solving mathematical problems to searching for hidden treasure. There is always that little jitter in the belly—that wonder of whether or not you are going to be able to actually find that illusive solution, the frustration that comes when you have tried and not yet reached your goal, and finally that extraordinary satisfaction that arrives when you persevere and find that for which you have been searching. Math…it’s a lot like life.

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