- Blank stare *blink**blink*
- "You mean like, train engineer? Or radio?" Really? Really???
- "You must like math." Uh, not really.
- "You must be smart." Uhmmmmm...
- "What kind?" Usually from other engineers or people related to engineers. Sometimes to check if I'm telling the truth. There are people who claim to be engineers who aren't.
- You don't look like an engineer. Why? Because I know how to comb my hair (sometimes?)
- "What's an engineer?" WTF?
Math is a tool, just like the alphabet. It might come more intuitively for some than others, but, in the end... it's a tool like anything else.
And since I'm a bit clumsy, math was like a hammer I kept slamming onto my thumb.
It didn't come intuitively for me, and while some of my friends were breezing through Differential Equations and Matrix Methods in college, I was editing their liberal arts papers in exchange for tutoring. And while I now refuse to derive equations from scratch (who does that?,) I love the magic that comes from brainstorming and designing something from scratch... and holding the first prototype in my hands. It's a worthwhile trade-off to all the calculations I may have to make.
What tool did you have to "master" even if you didn't love it?