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RE: How to be a paleontologist
In high-school I got really discouraged from my goal to be a paleontologist
when I was placed in a below average math class (called the general stream
in our schoolboard). Then suddenly I realized that what any one of these
other bone-heads, who have no real academic ambition, can do I can do as
So, consequently, I busted my ass and now I am an honor student at my
college. I'm now succeeding quite well in my college's "moderately"
demanding (I won't exaggerate too much)pure and applied science program. I
know another researcher at the CMN who also had his difficulty with math. He
persevere by working harder--that's all
My point is, if math (or the course you have difficulty with) is
discouraging--just work harder. Eventually math will become simple. I think
that math is one of the more valuable tools in paleontology--that makes it
my motivation to succeed in mathematics. So, the truth is, I don't think
that you have to give up your dream to earn advanced degrees toward becoming
a paleontologist. If you really will it enough, then there should be no
issue about what courses you find difficulty with.
Anyway, I could write many more paragraphs, but then I'd just be rambling.
1st Year Pure&Applied Science
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