Me and Mathematics

Chrishan Christesious Aloysious, Swinburne University of Technology

Mathematics is not something I chose to become interested in or get attached to. Mathematics just happened in my life and I was introduced to a new world where I started enjoying exploring.

During my school days, mathematics was my favourite subject. I always got excited about the idea of playing with numbers and accurately predicting the outcome of a scenario. The fact that mathematics was more about good practice and not so much about memorising skill (which I wasn’t good at at all) made the subject stand out for me in my school days.

With time I started exploring the different fields of mathematics and other disciplines like physics. By the time I reached the ending of my high-school years, I found out that my future was going to be very close to applied mathematics in engineering as it seems to be full of what excited me.

After a bit of internet exploration and advice from engineers I’ve known through family and friends, engineering seemed to be the obvious career choice. One of the most important reasons for my choice was that engineering was the one of the most creative applications of science and mathematics.

The idea that applying mathematics to model and analyse systems and come to conclusions sounded just the thing for me and it has been so far, for two years, a very interesting journey. My high-school teachers and my lecturers at university who have taught me mathematics are the ones who should be given the credit for introducing me to a whole new exciting world of mathematics. And equally, my parents who decided to support my deductions without any hesitation.

Mathematics is full of powerful concepts and engineering is full of creativity and without a doubt, choosing engineering to explore and apply mathematics has been one of the best decisions, if not the best, that I’ve made in my life so far.

Chrishan Christesious Aloysious was one of the recipients of a 2017/18 AMSI Vacation Research Scholarship.

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