One of the great joys of teaching math is developing students’ innate sense of inquiry. In my view, asking questions is the heart of mathematics, and by encouraging questions at every stage of the learning process, I hope to impart curiosity to them. A curious mind is one of math’s most precious gifts to her students.
At my best moments, I am truly grateful for my failures because I recognize that they have inspired tremendous growth. Compassion, forgiveness, and resilience are not virtues that I learned from my successes. When I think about success, I try to consider the entire process – goal-setting, hard work, setbacks and little victories – rather than focusing on a single moment of achievement.
One of my psychology professors explained that we value different attributes at each stage of life and that in our old age what we want is to look back at our story and see that we were true to ourselves. For some reason, this struck a chord with me, and I think constantly about how I will view my choices when I am older. What I really want is to make myself proud.