My entire life, I have been unable to do math- simple math, like times tables, or division. Since the 3rd grade, math has been the bane of my existence. As a grown woman I struggle to calculate tips at dinner, percentages off at sales, APR rates, and bill balances. I even miscalculate the time I need to go places.

For a long time I figured I was just stupid. I knew I was really talented at writing and English and other subjects, but math and science just weren't my thing.
For a long time, I thought it was because I am a girl. But there were plenty of other girls who were good at math. Why not me?
For a long time, I thought I would never succeed in/get into college, because I am so bad at math that I never took the SATs, and could never complete college math courses.
For a long time, I lived with it.
For a long time, I thought there was nothing I could do.

For a long time, I was wrong.

There is a name for this. It's dyscalculia. It's a real learning disability. And there are accommodations that both schools and colleges are required to make for you, as per federal law.
You are not alone. You are not stupid. You are not doomed. You are just like me.
Wineheart Wineheart
26-30, F
1 Response Jan 20, 2013

I also have this condition and would be lost without a calculator. I love physics and astronomy but need documentaries for the home person to explain the wonder.