### Mathematical Experiences Reflections

Over the course of the semester, we will link the course topics
using themes: what mathematics is, what it has to offer, why
it is useful, and the diverse ways that people can be successful at
mathematics (including you!). The purpose of this assignment is an
introduction to these themes as they apply to your past experiences.
- What do you think mathematics is (ie use your own ideas
to define mathematics)?
- Describe a mathematical experience you had that was
rewarding for you.
- Think back to the first mathematical experience you had that
was destructive to your mathematical self-confidence. (We have
all had such experiences - even Dr. Sarah!)
Describe this experience.
- In the last question, you explored a negative
mathematical experience.
If you could rewrite
**your role** in that experience in order to prevent it
from being destructive to your mathematical self-confidence
what would you change about **your** behavior and/or reactions?