**Why did I choose Mathematics:**
I was initially accepted in the BS Mathematics and Science Teaching program. But since it was not a DOST-priority program, I opted to take BS Mathematics. Mathematics is my first love. I can't imagine living a day without Math.

**About my college education:**
BS Mathematics, in a nut shell, has taught me how to think critically. And I think that is the most important skill a person should have. It enhanced my thought process especially on validating when something holds true in some cases or in all cases. It helped me differentiate uniqueness from existence, necessity from sufficiency.

There are general education courses and core Math courses. The core courses are mainly categorized into Algebra, Geometry, and Analysis. Exams are generally challenging. Practice on problem exercises is of paramount importance.

Half of my block shifted from BS Math. Most went to Engineering degrees in UP Diliman (due to proximity reasons). However, those who remained were really grateful they did.

**My current job:**
I am a Credit Risk Officer of a local commercial bank. I draft and propose policies to manage the credit risk exposures of the bank and I also make reports on the loan portfolio of the bank for the consumption of a Board of Directors committee.

**Am I using what I learned in college:**
Definitely. Although I do not see the non-Euclidean plane nor the isomorphic groups on my reports, I can say that Math has been my guiding principle in every policy I propose.

**How long did it take to find a job:**
1 week

**Do I recommend studying Mathematics:**
Many entry-level positions require analytical skills, which is something Math can definitely provide you. Common industries a Math graduate enters to are Finance and IT. If you would want to pursue a deeper understanding of Math, you may consider teaching in a college or university while pursuing a graduate degree.

**Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:**
Good high school Math background is a plus point, not Calculus yet. A good take up of high school Algebra and Analytic Geometry is sufficient. If and when you begin with a Math degree, make sure there is no turning back. You will surely enjoy Math.

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