Jennifer, Eureka, Ca asked Eugenia Kalnay, University of Maryland

AddedWednesday, March 28, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Hard Work + Enthusiasm = Success in Math
I am thinking about persuing a career in envoronmental engineering, but I am not terrific in the suject of math. I get good grades in math because I work very hard, but it is always a struggle to learn the concepts. The thing is, when I do understand the concepts, I enjoy it very much. I am thinking about a career in envoronmental engineering, but I am afraid that I might not be smart enough to accomplish it. Do I need to be exceptionally good at math to become an engineer, or will honest effort be enough to help me succeed?
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  • Eugenia Kalnay , University of Maryland
    Answered Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 9:35 AM
    Dear Jennifer: I would say that I am not a strong mathematician either, but I have a good intuition. Hard work and enthusiasm go a long way, and the ability to enjoy what you do is the most important. When you try to solve a problem you work with it long enough that you really understand it. So I would say, yes, go for it! With best wishes, Eugenia Kalnay