# What’s It Like Studying Maths at University?

Today I thought I’d talk to you about

what it’s like study maths at university because if you didn’t know I study maths

at university ,I’m about to go into my third year at Southampton, third and

final year thank God! Obviously it’s the time of year that people are going back

to school, people are starting uni for the first time and it’s also the time of

year that people in year 13 or upper sixth are deciding whether or not to go to

university and what they want to study. I’ve tried to film this video three

separate times already and every time the sun does this as soon as I start

filming. Great! *mumbling* The lighting’s gonna change in this video a lot, you’re just gonna have

to put up with it. I guess before I started my course I didn’t really know what to

expect, I was kind of avoiding thinking about it, so I didn’t go on YouTube and

look for these video. But I think if I did know this information it would have

been useful. It wouldn’t have changed my mind, I don’t think it would have

changed my mind and made me want to study something else or not go to uni but I

think it would have helped just to be a bit more prepared and to know what I was

getting myself into. So first of all, maths is hard. Anybody who tell that you’re studying maths to they just go “whoa… you must be

so smart”. I never really know what to say to that and then when someone tells me

that they study something …something else, that’s not maths, I’m just like “oh cool”. I

feel like that’s very one-sided so that’s the first thing you’ve got to get

used to. I can only talk from my experience and my university and the

course that I do, but I think in general most maths courses are very similar. The

structure is very similar, the content’s very similar. So let’s hope that we can

generalise this a little bit. The major thing to say is yeah it is… it is hard

and there is a lot of work and I think in general any university course there’s

gonna be a lot of work, it’s gonna be hard, it’s definitely gonna be a step

step up from what you were doing in school. Maybe I’m biased but I think

maths especially is a big step up and it’s a lot of work. So much work just to

understand what’s going on. As much as you think that maths is just numbers, the

majority of the notes you wrote in lectures are very wordy. Essentially the

lecturer has basically a paper that they’ve written with theorems and proofs

and examples and all sorts, and they rewrite them on the board for you in the

lecture and you copy them down. That’s the lecture done. Definition, theorem, proof, maybe example, definition, theorem, proof, maybe

example. I mean, I don’t want to slate them because obviously they’re very

smart people but at least lecture inside of their job is just writing down

stuff that they’ve already written for other people to see. Because all the

material you’re covering in lectures, all the notes you’re writing down, quite

often are so abstract or theoretical rather than actual, you know, using

numbers, it takes a lot of work to understand what any of it means, and

there’s not really time in lectures to grasp that because you’ve got to keep

writing and writing and writing what’s being written on the board otherwise

you’re not gonna have notes. That means there needs to be a lot of independent

study time just to understand what’s going on before you have your

independent study time to actually do any work that you’ve actually got to do. Moving on to the work that there is – for most maths courses, the majority of the

assessment is exam based. For me it’s always been 80% and the other 20% is

made up of work that you do throughout the semester rather than the exam at the

end. These can be class tests so like a mini

exam within the lecture theatre that may be worth 5 or 10 percent. We get quite a

lot of exercise sheets like sort of assessed homeworks. You get them weekly and

each one’s worth like one percent of the module but they all add up. Then there’s

some coursework and there are some projects. They sound like a big thing but

most of the time either they’re not that difficult or the lecturers are really lenient with the marks. I’ve had like, I’ve had one

group project and then I’ve had two statistics ones where they give you data

and you have to sort of analyse it and do a write-up about it, but it’s all

pretty basic stuff. In first-year they were really big on the assessed weekly

homework sheets. So every module (I did four modules per semester) there was a

weekly homework sheet, so that’s four sheets to do a week and each one could take me between like an hour and a half to yknow up to eight hours. It depends how

hard it was. I just had no time, I was constantly doing these sheets and I felt

like everybody else was going out on having a great time and I was sort of

left out because I had so much work to do. We fed back to the people at

the top that we had too much and it was it was literally impossible to do it all

I don’t know how I managed it, especially with everything else going on in my life

during first year if you know about all that. Most other subjects didn’t have as much contact time, with me I had sort of

between 18 and 22 hours week, which doesn’t sound a lot when you

compare it to school, but at university that is a lot. Everybody else that I

knew had sort of between four hours a week and like 12, 13 at a push. Contact hours reduced a bit for me this year and also the workload eased up a lot. Instead of

having these weekly sheets which were worth pittance but you still had to do, we had

a lot more class tests and coursework so there are bigger chunks but more spread

out. I say I have 12 hours a week because they’re the ones I go to. If I actually

went to everything that was timetabled I still have about 18, yeah I’d have… I

would have 18, sometimes 19 or 20. So I do four modules at time and each one has

three hours of lectures per week and then one problem class or tutorial. We

also have the occasional computer lab or something like that where if you’ve got

a big piece of coursework like the stats ones that I mentioned you can go and

learn how to use the computer programs that you need. They’re not very often and

they’re also not compulsory. The final two hours are for maths workshops. That

just sounds ridiculous it makes me think of Santa. The great thing about

Southampton maths is that we have our own Student Centre. The Maths Department

encourage you to spend your free time there like in-between lectures and stuff

and generally I do, not to conform, this is a good place to work and it’s also a good

place to hang out and because everyone from maths hangs out in that same place

and studies in that same place, there’s a lot of support. Like if you’re struggling

with a homework question you can go and ask someone else because either they’re

in your year and they might have done it or there are a few years above you and

did that a couple of years ago. And I digressed completely from my topic but

that’s useful to know. My point was that in the Student Centre there are these two workshops a week for each year. During these sessions, all the

lecturers for the modules that that year are taking are in that room, they’re

there to help you, you can ask them questions, they can help you with any

coursework or homework you have to do. Just because of the nature of a maths

degree it’s quite useful to have one place where all those people can go in

and mingle, and like I said I find it really helpful and I don’t go to the

workshops that often, but it is really helpful to have that place that you can

go and because of that, collectively, we don’t really use the library. Like, solo

studying maybe?? We’ve got our own place to study and we don’t need to get out

books, that’s another great positive about maths. There’s no required

reading, there’s no having to buy hundreds of pounds worth of textbooks

and there’s no essays. That is like my number one positive about studying maths. NO ESSAYS!! One thing that I feel like I’m missing out on, which a lot of people get

out of uni, is everyone doing degrees in social sciences and humanities, yknow,

politics… they’re constantly referring back to real life in the real world and

things that are happening right now. And yeah, like I’ve read the news headlines

and I know what’s going on in the media but that’s about it.

I have no intellectual views on anything, I have no sort of critical thinking

skills. All that I’ve got is that I can do fancy adding and think logically. I

suppose what I’m saying is that as mathematicians we’re stuck in our own

maths bubble protected from the real world. Nothing comes in, nothing goes out.

We’re off studying fields and graph theory and vectors and none of those are

actual things. They just they came out of our brains and we decided that they

mattered but… do they matter??? Excuse me while I just have a quick existential crisis

about academia. And everyone else in the world is learning about real things. And yeah…maths… maths….. are numbers real?? Numbers are a construct, we made them up. I’ll come back to the

bubble stuff in a sec, I just want to quickly explain about optional modules

and stuff like that so you’ve got a bit of context. Okay! I can only assume this

is at least very similar at other universities but at Southampton

first-year mathematics (I hate the word ‘mathematics’ it makes me feel really

weird and saying it to people who don’t even “maths”, it just makes me feel stupid.

Same with ‘mathematician’. To everyone else that just sounds really poncey but that’s

a word we actually use, seriously!) Some people had taken further maths, some

people hadn’t, so everybody was coming in at different levels. Also

international students, like they don’t even do A Levels they do other stuff. The aim of first year is to get everybody to the same level with the basic knowledge they

need for the rest of their degree. Everybody did exactly the same, we didn’t

get any options at all. In second year we got a bit more freedom. We got to choose

between applied maths, statistics and pure maths.

I chose pure and statistics even though I don’t like statistics. And then we also

got one optional thing between stochastic processes, which I have no clue what it

is, sorry, and algorithms which is operational research, kind of like

decision maths. And then third year, the one I’m about to go into, basically got to pick everything. I think there was one or two

compulsory things and everything else it’s up to you. Anyway back to the bubble

thing… Because in first year we all did the same modules, we were all in the same

lectures together, we didn’t really see anybody from any other subjects. I know

everyone studying Social Sciences had to take the same statistics for Social

Sciences module, everyone from all those different disciplines were in the same

lectures and, you know, you got to meet other people doing different courses, and

a lot more variety there. In Social Sciences again, a lot of the modules are

kind of interchangeable between the different degrees, so again meeting new

people, seeing different people’s perspectives on things, broadening your

horizons. But with maths, no – we don’t really do that. Also not many people come

in to maths to take that as an optional module. Even subjects like physics and

chemistry, we have a couple of people come in but it’s not compulsory. There’s

an easier option that they could take but just a couple of people choose to

put themselves through the horror that is like second year mathematical

analysis. Our maths society is called Southampton University Mathematics Society – SUMS! We’ve had two maths house crawls where, you know, like a pub crawl but you

go to different math students’ houses, and there’s a lot of free alcohol, so that

was great fun. We’ve also had a couple of movie nights – maths related movies. I

think we had… The Imitation Game is one. I can’t really remember any others. And we

also want to see Hidden Gigures at the cinema when it came out, which is great

because I love that film. We haven’t yet managed anything big, like a Christmas

party or the end of year ball or a boat party. We fall under the Faculty of

Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences. I had a lot of flatmates in first year

that fell under social and human sciences and they were going to all these faculty

balls. The maths people never got invited to these, like we’re in the same faculty

and technically yes, sure, we were invited, but nobody told us. We’re just completely

separate from them, it’s like we don’t exist to them. *sigh* I feel like I’ve been

talking for hours and the fact that my face is now completely in shadow proves

that, so I’m gonna shut up. Hopefully this video has been helpful to some of you, if

you’re just starting uni or even if you’re applying to UCAS in the

next couple of months. If you absolutely do not have a clue about maths and it’s

not your thing at all but you’re just here because you watch my videos, then

first of all thank you! This is not the most interesting topic, I

am aware. Hopefully you kind of understand a bit more about what it’s

actually like studying maths at uni, like it’s not just adding things up! I’ve been

talking about maths for so long I think it actually made me go a bit loopy. So

I’m gonna go now, thank you very much- Oh!! See what I mean??!! Aaaah this is why I never film

videos standing up. Let’s try that again. All my links are below as usual, thank

you very much for watching and I’ll see you very soon, bye!!

Uni of Soton yess! <33

A very thoughtful video you have made here. I hope your third and final year goes well. What classes (modules) are you taking?

ps There's not many math channels out there of people speaking their experiences, consider me Subscribed!

I hate the group assigments we get given in maths courses. We already get a bunch of problem sheets, and the exam is still worth 70% plus. Why do they make us bother?

The world revolves around numbers, that’s why I’d want to take Maths at uni

That's why you do engineering. All the beauty of maths without the proofs and theorems, and actual applicable concepts in real life. Concepts that the current society greatly depends on.

Im planning on maths and statistics.

I've a question regarding exams. Are they all multiple choice? Or it that just first year?

Its not harder than medicine

1:28 ahh Mathematicians be generalising 👌🔥😤

Lorde? Eh aren't you supposed to be a middle-aged geologist from South Park?

I’m studying maths & accounting at university of Dundee. I’m a year 1 student and am enjoying it alot

i do love mathematics

If you're in highschool and you know you want a mathematics degree, do not wait until college to start learning the material.

Get a head-start as early as you can, because it's not easy stuff, as she points out, and it doesn't get particularly easier as your degree progresses.

If you don't have a natural inclination for mathematics, in other words if you're part of 99% of the human population, you are gonna get the shit kicked out of you by the material if you're not ready for it. Nevermind proof writing, which is a whole other ballgame.

I started studying pure mathematics in highschool out of interest, and my god is the coursework easier having already put in the weeks worth of proof writing practice as well as the several more weeks worth of trying to comprehend some of the higher level material, in particular abstract algebra, topology, and category theory being royal pains in my ass.

(I say weeks worth, but realistically speaking, I practiced proof writing pretty much my entire time in highschool, I'm still not that good at it.)

Doing a lot of this in highschool will make college a lot less hectic, and will give you if not more freetime, more time to get your other classwork done without tearing your hair out.

Oh yum

my teacher call us mathemagicians

I study maths too! 😄 do you applied or pure?

Go outside and study math natural way

I am in 10th grade , I love only the geometry and equation part of maths , I hate the surface area and statistics stuff , I wish to do a degree in maths but I am extremely scared , I hope I'll get through 11th and 12th grade maths , then I'll get to know how hard it is . 😥 , Maths is still fun though 😆

I am nearing the end of my first year if maths in the now and I relate so much hahaha.

7.12 that's sooooo me i'm currently in my first master year and when spent all your days studying onlyyy maths , beside not being able to go out as much , you feel like you're missing so many things I definitely agree. I think it's good that you have homework, i'm arabic and we don't almost never take homework wish we were like you, we don't do too much exercices as well wich make exams even harder

As part of my theoretical physics undergrad we were forced to take proof based analysis, linear algebra, group theory and calculus on manifolds with the maths students and had the option to take more pure math courses.

I appreciated learning the structure of how maths is done properly but I think I would have gone insane if I didn't have courses like quantum mechanics, electromagnetism etc where I could actually calculate physical observables.

I always had immense respect for the people who were good at it though as analysis type courses were something I really struggled with.

Very helpful, thanks Beth.

I do maths and I’m in my third year ,it’s so intense ..!

I could already tell your European because of the way you spelled maths

made me smile when you talked about existential crisis 🙂

Studying Maths is actually fun for me personally! I hope you do great this year!

I'm in my first year of computer sciences and have Math all throughout. I love Math and hope I hope to God I can make the best out of each class !

Ask a physicist if it matters or not, It DOES and is very applicable to everyday life

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I’m studying maths at Portsmouth and I relate to this so much

A world without mathematics = a party full of mathematicians squared

at what uni do you go?

7:10 wtf this girl is me

you are beautifully smart… & you got a aurora around you… keep making videos…thank you

As a first year maths student at York, the biggest thing I didn't realise going in was how much A level (and GCSE) is repeated. Like sure people told me there was a 'catch up' period for those who didn't do Further Maths but literally 100% of first year Algebra is school grade stuff and the same goes for 85% of calculus. I remember once a lecturer spent half an hour explaining how to factorise. You'll do more C3 and C4 then actually new material. They justify it by proving everything but you're never expected to replicate the proofs so it's somewhat pointless (and grows tedious fast). I don't know much about other unis but if you're picking one I'd highly recommend you make sure they require further maths or else you'll spend a lot of time going over what you already have engrained in you from Y12

I do further maths and really like it and was thinking of doing maths and econ but this video seriously put me off ahaha

I’m in grade five and I’m watching this

I think pretty much everyone doing a STEM degree agrees that Maths majors by far have it the hardest. The content they have to go through is just insane. I'm a Physics Major and I have so much respect for people that are capable of completing maths degrees.

Who here is applied math? Sub-option in engineering and physics

Are U Absolute Out Of Ur Mind Studying Maths Its Complex Mate

we dont care , thanks for wasting your time

If someone tells you they play guitar or Piano to a high level and you don’t it’s the same except people say I’d love to play an instrument but I don’t think people say I’d love to be a mathematician when you tell them what you do? Regardless, this bird is smart and fit!

I like this video a lot and btw you're really cute 🙂

Study math if u like it

Not sure math and it theoratical math

can you pls name all the subjects you've had til now

Thank you this was very helpful. I applied for maths for September and just started to panic

This why I use youtube to learn math…Different teachers teach different and half the things in college aren't necessary

Question: is mathematics not a word in british/australia vernacular? I’ve never heard the plural form of math be called “maths.” We learn it as “mathematics.”

Finally! A female doing maths at uni on YouTube (with interesting videos)!

Thank you for this video. Becuase of this video, the way you described the layout of maths notes (definition, theorem, proof, example) really helped me to organize my maths revison. You see, I didn't pass maths at GCSE and throughout A level I have re-taken maths 3 times. But, I didn't pass on those 3 times and twice I was close to passing. But, the note system has helped me cover more subjects and I have passed on 3 past papers recently. I have re-takes next week and I did one exam already, IT WENT REALLY WELL. I just want to say thank you so much. Good luck in your future.

Maths is indeed just a construct, but the greatest tool there is to so many of the rest of us – as a physics graduate, where would my subject be without it? Even physics lectures were mostly maths lectures! And physics is the basis of engineering – now we're getting real world! As an engineering student in my first year said, "why does everything we do end with -ics?" 'Cos it does, matey – maths helps you design what you do so you're not left just "trying stuff to see if it works".

Now try that with architecture – applied maths tells you whether this whizzy building design you've just come up with will actually have strong enough walls so if anyone actually builds the thing, it doesn't fall down on the first day. (OK there are other considerations such as what you build it with. There was a famous collapse of a London tower block (Ronan Point) in the 1960s. This was caused by the use of high alumina cement in the concrete.and now builders know not to use it – but the maths was right and it stayed up until the concrete got "concrete cancer".)

Where would social scientists be without statistics?

So a big hooray for mathematicians. We need you! And anyone who isn't frightened of numbers will always be right up there for getting a job.

i’m defo not studying maths at uni i really hate it 😂😂😂 but this was handy bc i want to be prepared for uni and i’m just worried about lectures and independent study i rely on everyone for work at skl 😩

What is /was your favourite part of studying maths in high school or uni as in geometry, trigonometry or calculus or algebra??:)) Lovely video though

Lol, what about Medicine then?

Greetings, Thank You Beth, this sort of Video VLOG will be most helpfulI am age 59, retired, but I want to head back to learn U MATHS and SCIENCES

ECONOMICS and HISTORY and GEOGRAPHY are really better for you to UNDERSTAND how the world had settled over the CENTURIES

I am a first year maths student and usually one of the first things people ask me is what kind of jobs I can do with my degree…

I don’t get at all why you would need to get opinions and views about anything from your degree alone. Half of everything I know about politics is from Wikipedia

Thanks a lot for the video! I’m changing majors and this helped me to gain a lot of confidence in my decision (which sucks because I’m technically a junior now but oh well). Tip of advice: face the camera away from the window. That’s defeating the purpose of natural lighting. And as a future ex-psychology major, I can tell you that humanities is based primarily on social constructs and even more so. And also, it turns out that other majors actually need math majors.

What jobs are you considering/ what jobs are there to consider? Because i really enjoy maths and it's kinda always just clicked but I don't like the idea of statistics and research so I don't know whether degree level maths would be a good idea for me

smexy

I think I should have picked engineering ffs

You are sooo pretty nd hot

how do you handle all the lectures,tutorial because sometimes is hard deciding what to actual do ,how to actual study / practice maths?

To save time of copying from blackboard, you could take photos of your professor's writings.

Hey beth, what's your ig??

I'm in love with you. 😂😂😍😘

I can so relate to how you describe the lectures. It's so hard to grasp during the lecture

Math major here and tbe totally agree with pretty much everything you said.

@TheKingBeth are you doing applied or pure math?

My professor would disagree with you that math is wordy; math is very succinct; just throw a couple of numbers and symbols which would replaces several sentences that describes the same scenario.

What did you get in a level maths?

Teaching math that way is a recipe for failure. Hint don’t write anything down (its in the book), don’t worry about getting the right answer (it doesn’t matter) and don’t stress about not “getting it” (nobody does the first time). Spend your time thinking about the material, turn it over in your head, figure out what it means and where and why it does and doesn’t work.

There are always youtube suggestions life as a med student, pharmacy student, law student, finally i found my major here haha

MATH~~S~~Oh man I'm so sorry that's your lecturing experience. Graduate studies are such a different feel. It's more conversational.

Can you please drink from the cup after all:)?

Just a quick question. Is there lots of note taking in maths lectures and would it be more suitable to use a laptop or a tablet with a stylus/pen. Thanks!

I am incredibly glad for this video! It's almost impossible to find any good info on what being a math major is like, which is very frustrating if that's what you want to be. 🙂

What do you mean math is not useful in the real life?

Think about all physics. Math is the language of the universe. Math was created to describe the world we live in.

are you doing a pure mathematics course or an applied mathematics course?

Hey thanks for this video really wanted to know what it's like. Also your really pretty. Can you do more a day in the life of a maths student

Are all math majors around the world

usually about 3 years? In my university we need to study 4 🙁

Where i study (Karlsruhe Germany) all courses are in the Internet. So I spend all my study time effectively understanding maths instead of making my writing skills better

I enjoyed maths at York but is not related to the real world. I decided to go into real estate investment and did a Masters in real estate investment at Reading. Best decision ever. After a maths degree (unless you were a teacher) you will need go and take a Masters to get into the real world in order to gain some practical skill. I work in investment consulting for a real estate fund now on £80k (6 years into job). Some key pointers are you need to develop many other skills such as business networking, presentation, and a business savvy character that maths lacks.

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I’m in my second year of studying maths at Glasgow uni and I also always get the same reaction from people “ooooooh so you’re smart!” 😂

But so far, I can’t say it’s very hard or a lot of work tbh. But the absolute best subject ever, 10/10 recommend ahahah

Must also say that the majority of our lecturers are great and really good at getting points across rather than just reading off their notes.

"Definition, Theorems, proofs and sometimes

EXAMPLES"Examples are the only thing that I was excited to come across during my first two years 😂😂😂

Well, for the

math bubble!My university, along with few others, decided that we take courses in non-mathematical materials like: law, economics, deontology… etc so we'd get a bit off that bubble!

Yes. That bubble is a struggle :/

1hr to grasp concept, (quik break,)

1hr to do example wrong, (eat,)

1-2 hours to figure out why its wrong; calculation error? concept error? I just can't "logic" today? 🤷🏻♂️ (sleep)

Next day:

1 hr to search for clues hidden in old concepts, limits, Mean Value Theorem, Trig identities, factoring, notes, Youtube videos, getting desperate, until OMG!!!

(3-2)-1 ≠ 3-(2-1) thats why it's wrong! 🤦🏻♂️

Cool! solve 1st example problem!! Yay!!!!

Graph it! Now only 7 more examples like that. (then I get to "rehearse them all" as confidently as I can do 1+1=2)

Damn you are ugly

Hi Beth. I like the way you have stated that you have no intellectual views on Politics etc. You know what? neither do I. However, I'm a Mathematics student also. I am studying towards a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics with the Open University. However, your comment with regards to you being able to think logically. Whilst I was studying for my HND in Hospitality Management at Sheffield Hallam University, on the final year, I chose Applied Information Technology as a module, which was the best option that I had taken in my life, in terms of my academic studies. The main assignment, was based on using Microsoft Access to construct a data base system for a hotel. In terms of being able to think logically, as you stated when talking about Politics, it was the technical aspects of undertaking the assignment, that really kept my interest and that's when I realised that I have a technical brain. I found most of the other units that I studied on my HND, which related to business management, rather boring. However, in 2012, I enrolled onto an Access to HE in Engineering Diploma and a GCSE in Maths course. I soon realised that I was a lot more interested in the Mathematical side of Engineering than the Applied Physics. I didn't continue with the Access course, but did complete the GCSE in Maths and achieved a grade B in my exams, in 2013. I then progressed onto A Level Maths and A Level Further Maths, but I didn't do well in my exams in 2015. I only achieved an grade E in AS Maths, which is simply not good enough. I have completed MU123-Discovering Mathematics and MST124-Essential Mathematics-01, so far with my BSc (Hons) in Mathematics. I started MST-125-Essential Mathematics-02, and achieved 70% for my first assignment, based on Number Theory and Further Coordinate Sytems, but I had to defer this module until October 2019, due to personal issues like my Mental Health and Drug Issues. However, I am, at present studying/ revising the New Edexcel A Level Maths syllabus, as I am due to resit my A Level Maths exams next month in June, as an external private candidate at a local school.I want to improve my grade from an E in AS Maths and obtain a grade B minimum as a full A Level in Maths. Next year, I want to resit an A Level in Further Maths, which will give the opportunity to study at the University of Wolverhampton. Mathematics is my life and passion and I would like to wish you every success in completing your 3rd year and the remainder of your BSc (Hons) in Mathematics at Southampton University. Do you intend to progress onto a MSc in Maths and then a PhD in Maths and then perhaps teach?

7:23 exactly why I study math

I love mathematics.

I was told that the difference between O Level Maths and A Level Maths is greater than the difference between A level and Degree Level Maths. So much for being told – which mathematicians won`t simply accept.

The difference between A Level and Degree Level Maths is utterly ridiculous.

At least A Level Maths is still recognized as Maths. Degree Level Maths is Sorcery.

I feel like the bubble thing is true of classics too. That's my degree and with the exception of like one guy who's in history and two or three who study ancient and modern history, no one comes into classics and no one really goes out, we're in our own little world, particularly anyone who does Latin or Greek (Greek even more so), we're just like the weird cousins, even to the other classics majors.

these stories are actually pretty assuring im going to uni soon and it helped ease my nerves

You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother. –Einstein

(Fine. Let's pick a random theorem on a random math textbook.)

Amazing!!

I’m so happy I found this video because I start maths at uni in September and I’m kind of nervous lOL

Some math is extremely useful, and some is not whatsoever. All of it's useful for the mind. Not near as much as you'd think is useful for the money. Employers tend to prefer application over theory.