# 4 Lessons I Learned From My Senior Math Project

## A valuable experience

Over the last few months, I have been exposed to an introduction in linear algebra, teaching myself the basics. It was for a project for my math class at school, which culminated in me giving my classmates an in-person lecture. Since linear algebra was a completely new topic to me, I did struggle from time to time with the mechanics and the reasoning behind the math, but in the end, I felt like I had a good grasp of all the topics I taught. Today, I want to reflect on a few lessons that I learned about math and myself as a result of this experience.

## 1. Endure

Linear algebra isn’t exactly easy. Even though I just covered the beginning parts of the topic, I needed to think a lot about what was really going on with the math, especially when I got to eigenvectors. I was expecting it to be hard. So, when it came down to it, I just had to read over the text more or consult extra online videos for help. In the end, this endurance proved to be key; as I mentioned before, certain topics within linear algebra took longer to understand. I needed to stay focused on understanding the math behind the mechanics, and if that meant looking over the work multiple times, I was ready to do so. As a result, I felt like the experience taught me both math and life skills. As I make the transition into college, I know the math will get harder, so I will make sure to keep hammering away at different concepts and problems that give me issues.

## 2. Math is Visual

As somebody who has been involved with numbers inside and outside of school for as long as I can remember, I have to say that I didn’t always think very visually of math. In lower school and middle school, I mainly just thought about my arithmetic, my equations, and my algebraic skills (there were a few times where I used graphs). That was enough for me to survive up until high school. In 9th grade, I learned about geometry, and that opened me up to a bit of what it meant to think visually. However, I think I really started thinking in a more visual manner throughout the second half of high…