Choosing ones path through life is drilled into a child’s mind at such a young age that often people make their choice before finding a passion. There is no greater misfortune in life than settling for a career that will make money instead of finding true happiness. Many people plan their careers but the road to my future came in a moment of clarity in a truly unlikely theme park. Roller coasters stretching high into the sapphire sky, the allure of games that no matter how many times one loses the myth of success perpetuates, and the only place in New England one can get the highly sought-after Dip ‘N Dots: Six Flags. This is a place where people come to get away from the stress of daily life and let go for hours to trust in someone else that the rides, made of steel and magnets, will hold together long enough and deliver them safely to the end of the ride. It hardly seems the place to have a life revelation. Among the hustle of little kids dropping ice creams and the screams of pre-teen girls riding The Mind Eraser for the first time, I realized that everyone that comes to Six Flags is similar – similar in the fact that we all have problems. With every problem, as we are taught in middle school algebra, comes a solution. I realized that I wanted to be someone who could help people solve their problems. I want to be the math that makes sense in people’s lives.
The rollercoaster ride itself varies in a number of different ways: length in time, distance traveled, tallest point, water or no water, does it go upside-down, fastest speed, etc. Our lives as humans are all different as well. No one rollercoaster is the same, just as no one person is the same. Just as rollercoasters age, people themselves age too. Different though from rollercoasters, people do not have mechanics that can be called to come in and fix the problem immediately – or if the problem is severe enough have that part completely replaced. We must learn to deal with problems...
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