StudyPug Essay Contest 2017

2017 Scholarship Essay Topic

Math is everywhere around us. Benjamin Franklin once said: “No employment can be managed without arithmetic, no mechanical invention without geometry.”

To the best of your ability, complete a 500-1000 word article discussing how a math teacher, a math class, a math tutor, or a math lesson has changed how you see the world around you.

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In a split family of mathematicians and English majors, I have had my fair share of arguments about the importance of math. The first person to ever introduce me to the importance of mathematics was my father. Being the head

The year was 2013, inside of a seventh grade pre-algebra classroom at Bunsold Middle School, a brand new middle school building specifically built for seventh and eighth graders in Marysville, Ohio. The classroom was so quiet that you could hear

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Ever since first grade, the vast majority of my teachers would tell me the same thing: math is crucial to everyday life. With the only exceptions being to calculate financial necessities, I never truly believed them. The world I lived

As I contemplate how math has changed the way I see the world, I begin to envision my future and how my education, my teacher, and my dad have affected my mathematical upbringing. Now, I’m not a math fanatic, nor

Not all of us have to know the same thing about mathematics, nor do we have the same possibilities to operate numerically in the same time and with the same ease. However, it is true that there is not a

It was already past 10:00 PM on Friday night, but my seven-year-old self sat there, glued to the edge of my seat, as I scribbled away. My mother laughed at the latest British Comedy, and my father scanned the newspaper.

This past summer I was honored to attend The North Carolina Governor’s School to study Mathematics. I honestly had no idea what to expect when I arrived. I would be spending the next 5 ½ weeks with mathletes! I have

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A teacher, a mentor, a role model, my Statistics teacher has taught me

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A teacher is not just an educator, they are the shapers of the youth. A teacher can make both unique and profound impacts on their students’ lives, launching those students into an unlimited amount of potential. When a teacher is

Before I knew how to spell my name, I was learning how to use negative numbers and line up six digits to practice long addition and subtraction. I found sixes and sevens far more entertaining to work with than

Math is one of the single most communicable languages in the world. No matter creed, color, religion, ethnicity, or any other number of identifiers, math discriminates not. It is constant, fluent, fluid. It’s one of the most affluent and admirable

I do not like math. I am not very good at math. I am an English major by trade, and my entire life revolves around reading books and writing essays instead of solving equations and graph. However, perhaps the most

When I was younger, I wanted to become a professional ballerina. My focus was on dance, not academics, and I did not envision a future that involved attending any type of college. By the time I had finished middle school,

I remember being good at math as a child. I remember enjoying the process of figuring out the problem. I really loved it. At some point that love switched to cold application: an algebraic sum here, a stat there. Mathematics

The quote by Benjamin Franklin (posted on the scholarship page), “No employment can be managed without arithmetic, no mechanical invention without geometry” absolutely fascinated me when I read it. It fascinated me instantly because of true it was, and remains

“Her name is Dr. Doherty. She is the strictest and scariest teacher you’ll ever have,” commented my friend, Nicole. “She is the only teacher that teaches pre-calculus, so good luck. She goes over her lessons really fast and expects