When imagining the types of people who love math, your brain likely conjures up images of coke bottle glasses, pocket protectors, suspenders, and personality types riddled with social awkwardness.  I totally get it… math is lame and only complete weirdoes enjoy it.  But just for the record, I love math.  There, I said it.  You can judge me all you want, but believe it or not, I’m a relatively normal guy.  All subjects, from science to history, music to philosophy, fascinate me.  Math, however, has a special place in my heart.  How could this be?  How is it that this totally boring and bizarre subject has captivated my mind for so long?  Let me break it down.  Here are my top five reasons why math is awesome.

1. Instant Gratification

When I was in law school, I learned very quickly that my internal grasp and comfort with a subject would not necessarily ensure success on an exam.  For example, even if I felt like I knew the answer on an essay question, my response would be scrutinized with a fair amount of subjectivity.  The professor may not like my writing style, or alternatively he may disagree with my chosen approach.  The bottom line is that I could not gauge my performance very accurately after I completed my test.

But math is wonderfully different.  Once you become reasonably familiar with the subject matter, whether it is geometry, algebra, calculus, or whatever, you have a pretty good idea that you’ve answered a question correctly before it is graded.  Firstly, the answers usually seem to make sense if they are correct.  Secondly, you can usually test out your response to make certain that it works in whatever equation you were trying to solve.  So, when you take the time to review your work, you have a pretty solid notion of how you’ve done with each question.  When you’ve got it right, you know it.  It’s a pretty awesome feeling to walk out of a final exam with a reasonable certainty that you’ve nailed the questions.

2. Even Playing Field

Depending on your educational background or particular upbringing, you may have a stronger than average grasp of the English language.  This can provide a stark advantage in writing classes that is very difficult to overcome.  For students who are substantially behind with their reading and writing abilities, bridging the gap can be a tremendously tough task.  Vocabulary is often slowly developed over years of constant exposure.  It’s no wonder that children who grow up with a deep passion for reading tend to reign supreme above their classmates who sincerely dislike perusing novels and magazines.

But math is different.  No matter your background, regardless of how much time you’ve spent studying math, you can ramp up your abilities in a very short period of time.  The processes can be learned very quickly, and with the right guidance, anyone can turn their grades around within a semester.  All that is required on the student’s part is a heartfelt desire to improve.

3. Cool Real Life Applications

Even if you don’t want to be an engineer or a scientist, you cannot deny the awesome technological advances that have found their way to your doorstep with the help of mathematics.  Math is the keystone in our current understanding of the modern universe.  It is the tool we use to develop bridges, skyscrapers, and all sorts of complex machinery.  It is a core foundation behind computer science, the awesome subject matter that is responsible for so much of our incredible capabilities today.  Math is the language of our universe, and as we plow forward in our understanding of this vast landscape, we move closer to unlocking more and more incredible technological secrets.

4. Intimidating At First, Yet Easy To Master

So many students come to me after great frustration with math.  “Look,” they say, “I can handle all of my other classes, but I am truly hopeless with formulas and equations.  I just don’t get it.”  This is music to my ears.  Why?  Because (1) I realize this is complete nonsense and (2) I know that my student will be singing a different tune in a small time span.  Yes, I recognize that math can seem intimidating for students, but the truth remains that with a bit of focus, you can go from being a “C” student to an “A” student practically overnight.

If English is your problem area, you have a long road before you can improve.  It will take a great deal of time dedicated to reading, writing, and understanding basic grammatical rules.  Language is unbelievably complex, and a great deal of effort is necessary to lunge forward.  But with math, once you have opened your mind to the possibility that you can achieve greatness, you can make tremendous strides.  So, if you are committed, you can very quickly turn your greatest weakness into one of your most treasured strengths.

5. Math Prowess Commands Respect And Admiration

Whether you work as an engineer, doctor, or attorney, a strong command of mathematics earns you respect and admiration.  Even if your work does not require solid computational skills, your colleagues will generally presume you are an intelligent and competent worker if you can zip through basic calculations.

No matter where you go or what you do, people will constantly try to assess your intelligence until you have proven yourself.  Demonstrating a strong ability with numbers can put you ahead of the curve during an interview or a preliminary meeting.   This fact makes math even more fun to practice.  The notion that my reputation will be bolstered by my ability to process numbers quickly provides a terrific incentive to keep my math skills sharp.