Message to Teenage Me

What advice would you give to your teenage self? This is a tough question. There are so many things I'd like to have done differently and many things I would not change. When thinking about my teenage self and math, I guess I would advise myself not to be so afraid and to be more confident with my words. I would urge myself to demand help when needed instead of merely asking, being denied, and quitting math as a result. Furthermore, I would emphasize just how fun math is and that it encompasses more than just finding answers. Math is about problem-solving, not just speed but also perseverance and stamina. I would convey to my younger self the immense enjoyment that comes from tackling challenging problems, even if they take hours, days, or weeks to solve. I would assure myself that one day I will derive pleasure from solving math problems for fun, not out of obligation, but because I genuinely want to. I would demonstrate that there is satisfaction in discovering alternative, more innovative problem-solving approaches than those traditionally taught. Ultimately, I would show myself that solving math problems poses no difficulty at all.

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