True Passion: Diana Gu’s Experience of Success
Mathematics is not for one type of person: not only for the nerdy and weird outcasts, not only for the white male, not only for those who are not targeted by the stereotypes prevalent in the field. Mathematics is not dry, nor boring, nor focused on inane solutions never to be used after the discovery. Mathematics is not what people think it is; it is not one field, one theme, one subject. Mathematics is everything. Look around, with clear eyes, and you will see the art of mathematics everywhere. Dr. Diana Gu, the founder of MTY Academy, an extremely successful institute in the Austin community, and long-time, inspirational professor at the Texas State University, looks at the world and sees numbers. She sees passion and dedication and motivation. She sees intensity and zeal and excitement. Explaining that mathematics is essential for everyone, she emphasizes an idea: innate skill matters little, while practice is what defines you.
The belief originates from her experiences in her youth: her parents were extremely supportive, providing her with the…show more content… Mathematics is essential. She likens mathematics to a computer: it’s indispensable, it’s a tool, it’s an instrument to be used. She explains that everyone has misconceptions about math, and explains that as a community, the face of mathematics can be changed. Mathematics is for everyone: not only for the nerdy and weird outcasts, not only for the white male, not only for those who are not targeted by the stereotypes prevalent in the field. Mathematics is lively, and exciting, and focused on solutions to change the world. Mathematics is what Dr. Gu is guiding students to see; it is not one field, one theme, one subject. Dr. Gu, the teacher I look up to the most, shows her students that mathematics is beautiful. Mathematics is everywhere. Mathematics is our past, present, and