Hi, I am currently a grade 12 student that is starting post-secondary studies this Fall. I want to ask you SOS Math experts a question:
I like math, but I am not so good at it though (as you can see from the many topics I created in the Algebra, and Calculus section). Should I take math as a major if I like to do it, or should I just trash the idea because I am not good at it?
What I am trying to get at here is that do you think one should still strive to follow their subject of interest, even though they are not good at it?
Disclaimer: I don't live in the US, and did not go through the US system.
My view would be to do what interests you, given that you will be stuck for the better part of the next 3--4 years (at least) with the chosen subject. Another related thing to consider is that different institutions have different emphasis in their curriculum, e.g. more (statistics/computing/...)-oriented, that you might find more comfort in (although that difference might not be so apparent when you look at the prospectus). Of course, there is no substitute for hard work --- afterall, exams are always going to be of the same(-ish) perceived difficulty, i.e. just a little more demanding than what one is comfortable with, regardless of which institution and/or subject.
Oh, and don't worry too much about not being "(so) good" at it --- you will always find people who are better than you at any subject, and in my experience, various pieces will "click" together after you become more familiar with using them. Part of your feeling no doubt comes with a badly designed secondary curriculum, which makes mathematics looking more like accounting...