My love affair with Math

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By Adrian Bobe


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

IF THERE is one subject in high school that I hated most, it would be Math. Such was my hatred of Math that I believed then that everything that involves Math would practically kill me.

To add to this agonizing pain that drained my spirit, I belonged to the top class in Negros Occidental High School.

Our star class included higher Math and advanced Sciences yearly. Significantly, we find ourselves confined in progressive studies as required under the Department of Science and Technology scholarship program.


But unlike me, all my classmates seemed to take pleasure in discussing endless search for math problems. I often joked of what seems like an endless search for X or Y in Algebra. I suggest that both are old enough to find themselves.

To escape Math, I took up MassComm — my paradise; a refuge I took to save myself from the unwanted problems of stomach-turning mathematical expressions.

Fast forward to now: I am seated in the office writing this weekly column, to my left, a bulk of journals about Math solutions and to my right, a growing list of students that fuels this business.

Yes, ironically, I now own a Math and Sciences center located in La Salle Avenue. It’s called Mega Memory, a franchise from a chain of tutorial networks in Manila.

The brand positioning is to help students with supplemental education programs that will sharpen the memory and make Math lovable.

The thrust is promising: to develop a photographic memory for numbers, sciences, language and social studies through continues training.

Now, after countless efforts, the Math business is picking up. Probably, my shift in perspective allowed me to maneuver it to greater heights. After all, hatred is tiring and consuming; an experience that cripples both the head and the heart to think and feel.

Mega memory has expanded from being an after-class alternative to a regular training course. The trainers, from engineers to special education teachers are equipped with high logical and analytical skills to train achievers and students to become recognition driven.

This summer, I am bringing my team to communities and share this brainy experience to those who can’t afford to pay. The social man in me thrives to act upon the challenge of the new education system that makes Math harder than ever.

Love, indeed, is sometimes a product of hatred. My love for this business for over three years now was rooted from my frustrations as a Math-challenged student.

I am transforming my anguishes to yield. This, to me, is a celebration of a cruel past and how I reshaped it to become brighter.

This time, I am for the love of number — the critical skills it communicates and the persistence that it guarantees.

Ten years ago, I heard my teacher proclaiming in the august halls of Provincial High, “Math is a lot like life. It may be hard and challenging, but, at the end of the day, you will be alright."

Oh these words, I could not agree more with it a decade after.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 25, 2014.


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