Math does Matter

Math: What Is It Good For?
Why do you need High School math? If you don't see yourself in a career in accounting or science, you may wonder why formulas and graphs are relevant to you.

In fact, studying math is important for most careers, even if they do not directly involve math.
It’s also important for getting into college. If you want to be prepared for life, college and finding a good job, you need math in your high school schedule.

Getting into College
Some students go to college and some don't. Believe it or not, math is a big part of the equation.
Students who take Algebra I in high school and then take geometry have about an 80 percent chance of ending up in college. That 80 percent remains the same no matter what your race, religion or family income.
Students who successfully complete a math course higher than Algebra II double their odds of completing their bachelor’s degree.

Choose the Right Classes
Algebra and geometry put you on the road to college. One reason: both are college prerequisites — colleges require these courses because they prepare you for college-level work.

Take at least three or four years of math in high school.
Discuss your options with your counselor. Consider taking these classes to be prepared for college:
            - Algebra I
            - Geometry
            - Algebra II
            - Trigonometry and Calculus

Challenge Yourself
Push yourself by signing up for higher-level math classes; they’ll help prepare you for college entrance exams and math courses.
Don't worry about getting a C in a college prep course rather than an A in a less challenging class.
College admission officers who read your high school transcript know the level of difficulty of the classes you take.

Be Prepared
If you think you'll never use math again after high school, think again.
Most careers require math skills.
Colleges usually have basic courses that you are required to take during your first or second year — and chances are one or more of them require math skills. The major you choose may also require some math classes.
Many students avoid higher-level math classes because they don’t think they can handle them.
Believe in yourself; if you work hard, you can succeed in a more challenging class.

Math After College Does Matter
You may end up in a career that doesn't require much math. It's true, your boss may never walk into your office and say, "Quick, what's the Pythagorean Theorem?" but the math you're learning now is more than the sum of its parts. Math trains and disciplines your mind.
Just as the point of reading books is not to memorize vocabulary words, the point of math is not to memorize formulas.
      Math helps you learn to:
Identify and analyze patterns
            - Develop logic and critical thinking
            - See relationships
            - Solve real-world problems

Will You Need It?
If you're not sure what you want to do after college, keep in mind that you might need math for your future job. If you already have a good idea of what you want to do, and it doesn't require much math, consider this:
Most students switch majors after starting college. You might, too.
Be prepared with the basics, and keep your options open for whatever path you may follow.


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