A message from rbmmylife
For the anon: I used to get so frustrated with proofs myself. I understood them once they were explained by a teacher, but I never was able to come up with them on my own without looking them up. Now, finally, after 2 1/2 years of college & a ton of proof-heavy courses, I know how to approach them, but sometimes I still need to ask for help. Its ok to struggle, we all have things in math we aren't so good at/need practice in. Good luck!!& as matematica said its ok to change your mind abt majors!
A message from aforestofbones
To add to that anon who is worried he's not cut out: My universities Calculus 2 course is really an introduction to analysis: 100% proofs. I'm good at heuristic proofs (explaining 'why' something is true) but my ability to convert that into a formal proof sucks, for most subjects. I can prove countability, though, and it turns out I'm pretty awesome at algebra and set theory. You have to find what you love, and what you're good at (not always the same) and work hard everywhere. You got this
A message from rachiant
Hi! I just wanted to say to the anon who wrote an ask about not being "cut out to be" a math major, that it's up to you what kind of courses you take. I personally don't enjoy proofs as much as some of my other friends in the major, so I like to stick with more applied stuff -- lots of physics and comp sci for me. I mean there's still a fair amount of proofs, but it's not ALL proofs. Also, as with pretty much any math course, practice makes perfect. :)
A message from Anonymous
I'm going to admit, I feel really stupid & not sure if I'm cut out to be a math major. I am currently in a proofs class & I'm having such a big difficulty writing proofs without having the urge (after about 30 minutes or so of working on it) to look it up online. I know that I have a passion for math, but I don't know if this class is going to make that passion disappear :/
"At this point you should feel like you’re totally messed up, but you’re not."
Analysis professor mid-proof (via mathprofessorquotes)