Opinion Piece: Don’t Let Anyone Tell You That You’re Either a Math Person or an English Person

Seriously, who came up with the falsity that you can’t succeed in both math and english? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this fictitious cliche: “I’m just not a math person” or “I’m just a math person; I’m not good at english.” Buying into this mentality is a way of not only limiting yourself but also justifying failure before even entering the classroom.

I know, I know. You probably gravitate toward one of the two subjects more so than the other, but that doesn’t mean you can’t succeed in both. You may not grasp math or english as quickly as the other, but don’t identify as someone who lacks the capacity to do so. Instead, recognize the fact that you need to contribute more time to the subject, and adapt accordingly. Seek out tutoring, which is often free at community colleges. Use Khan Academy for additional help. Utilize professor’s office hours. Worst case scenario, contact one of us, and we’ll help steer you in the right direction.

Further, remember that just because you’re applying as a liberal arts major or an engineering major doesn’t mean that you have to demonstrate exclusive credibility in your given field of study. Universities are searching for well-rounded leaders able to critically think and problem solve. If you need any motivation, as cheesy as it may be, just think back to your job in the military. You’ve accomplished some great achievements using excellent problem-solving skills. You just need to apply those skills here.

In conclusion, never say you’re bad at math or english just because you’re good at the other. It’s ludicrous. You are more than capable of succeeding in both subjects, and for more help, check out our page on how to achieve a high GPA.