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"To begin, begin."
-William Wordsworth, also seen in the beginning of my abstract algebra textbook

I took an introduction to proofs course the fall of my first year of college, and the assigned textbook was Carol Schumacher's Chapter Zero: Fundamental Notions of Abstract Mathematics. It's one of those books that you despise the first time you go through it because it has very few examples and worked-through exercises, forcing you to work through the proofs yourself at a time when you're trying to wrap your brain around this notion of proving something. At the end of the semester, though, you feel really accomplished because you did so much of the work in the text yourself. My professor was right about using the text as a reference in future semesters--I still look up set and function properties in that textbook when they've temporarily escaped my mind, and one of my abstract algebra classmates who took the class the next year carries her book in her backpack.

But as the introduction to the text says, Chapter Zero is a preparation for greater things, and it prepares you by introducing you to many mathematical topics. For those reading this journal for the first time--perhaps through therealljidol, or through a link on NaNoWriMo, or any other place, this introduction is similar--one entry containing tidbits of many topics.

Let's do just that. I'm Sujin. Some people call me that, some call me Sushi, and some call me other things altogether. Now let's get on to the promised many topics.

I'm a third-year college student in Atlanta. If all goes well, I'm planning to graduate in May 2009 with a B.A. in mathematics (as you may have gathered from earlier) and if I finish the classes, minors in French and astrophysics. At the moment graduate school in math is sounding like a really good idea. Eventually I hope to do some combination of teaching, research, and spreading my passion to others.

Math is a fraternal twin of my pride and joy. The other twin happens to be writing. I've kept a paper journal since I was eleven, and I've participated in and completed NaNoWriMo since 2002, meaning that I have five unedited novels sitting on my hard drive, along with countless short stories and unfinished novels. Despite my ability to write at what seems like lightning speed to the untrained eye, my editing speed is quite the opposite.

I spend far too much time on the Internet and can blather about Internet culture for hours on end. Last year I even wrote a paper on the Internet community's reaction to the Pluto debacle for an astronomy class and presented it at my school's research symposium. Much of my knowledge of Internet culture comes out in everyday conversation, leading people to the conclusion that I either have no life or know far too much random stuff about the inner workings of the Internet. I like to convince myself of the second.

I'm an introvert, though I'm good at fooling people in this fact. I love being around people and I enjoy their company, but at the end of the day, I just want to curl up in my room with my paper journal and a nice pen, and unleash all the stories I couldn't tell for lack of time or audience.

Books are my art, for I read them and I write them. I've still yet to publish one, for I haven't edited any of them yet. I'll immerse myself into a book and not come out for hours. I've been known to skip meals because I wanted to finish the next chapter of a book. When I finished that chapter, I wanted to finish the next chapter. And the next...

I must be insane for doing LJ Idol this time of year. As Chris Baty from NaNoWriMo said, the best way to get something done is to ask a busy person to do it. I definitely fit that condition. But we already knew I was insane, yes?

therealljidol, here I come. Join me on my journey, won't you?

"Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."
-Winston Churchill, also seen at the end of Chapter One of my abstract algebra textbook



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Nov. 2nd, 2007 12:47 am (UTC)
I think I'm in love with your icon...I caught myself just staring at it reading it through for at least two cycles.
Now, back to writing.
Nov. 3rd, 2007 03:02 pm (UTC)
You have seen the flash movie it's mocking, right? If you haven't, I will provide a link because it makes the icon THAT MUCH MORE FUNNY.

*back to minding my own business*
Nov. 2nd, 2007 02:47 am (UTC)
My former Aural Techniques professor is William Woodworth. I always felt the urge to call him Woodsworth instead. That quote reminded me of that. And I didn't even realize that Woodsworth's first name was William until now either. Interesting.

I did the same as Maelona when I first saw that icon... except I think I read through it at least four or five times.

Good luck with LJ Idol... and NaNo of course.
Nov. 2nd, 2007 10:07 am (UTC)
I'm confused: do you mean the writer William Wordsworth, or a totally different person named William Woodsworth?

(I have learned never to assume anything)
Nov. 2nd, 2007 08:55 pm (UTC)
I do mean William Wordsworth. *facepalm* That's what I get for reading the name wrong.
Nov. 2nd, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC)
I like that song, the Decemberists are pretty cool. The Mariner's Revenge Song fills me with glee!

Nice to meet you, I look forward to reading more.
Nov. 2nd, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
Math is my nemesis! I look forward to reading more..
Nov. 2nd, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
I've never been taught directly how to do proofs. Every teacher just assumes that we all have good experience in them. I really despise proofs, I don't find them very useful except for pure mathematical research.
Nov. 3rd, 2007 07:02 am (UTC)
You're icon amuses me.
Loved the intro!
Nov. 3rd, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)
BA in Mathematics, with minors in French AND astrophysics? ZOMG YOU'RE TOO SMART, LOLZ.

I think it's really interesting how many writers I know who are also scientists. One of my long-time LJ friends is azhure. She's a writer and she has a PhD in immunology/allergy. O.o

Me? I'm an artist who has a deep affection for mathematics, physics and chemistry. No biology, though. I hate the memorization and vocabulary that is demanded in bio. I like doing proofs and plugging numbers into formulas.

Good intro!
Nov. 17th, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
I think the writer/scientist thing has something to do with working both sides of the brain. All the plot analysis has to go somewhere, right? ;)
Nov. 4th, 2007 10:36 am (UTC)
Waves to another Georgian!
Nov. 5th, 2007 01:25 pm (UTC)
What a great opening. I love the quote!
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