I am in a research-based science program, with a specialization in math. This will effectively give me a double degree in science and math. This program has a strong focus on conducting research, reading and analyzing papers, presentation and scientific writing, and pedagogy (teaching).
Do you think of yourself as a "math person?" Do you see the world mathematically?
I don't actually see myself as that much of a math person. Although I was one of the stronger math students at my high school, I've met an awful lot of people at university who are more talented in math than I am. Not that I don't have good math skills, but when you talk to these people about a problem, or see their proofs, you realize that it's more than just algorithms, it's more like learning a language. You can memorize vocabulary lists and learn grammar, but constructing speech itself is more of an art. I know how to order a beer in French, but I certainly can't write poetry.
What got you interested in pursuing post-secondary mathematics?
Was there a time you did not feel "good at math," or that you disliked it?
What parts (types) of mathematics do you enjoy studying most, and which ones not so much?
If you were teaching your twelve-year-old self, what would you do do make math a good subject?
Any other thoughts?
One of the best math resources I've come across is Khan Academy. I'd highly recommend it for high school level math (it has other grades too including some university). The conceptual teaching is excellent and there are lots of practice questions too. You can earn points for watching the videos and doing questions, which I loved when I was a kid and still enjoy. (We didn't use Khan Academy; I just liked playing games and getting points.)