The Pain and Pleasure of Good Learning

In high school, my favorite class was AP Calculus. During class, our teacher peppered his lectures with humorous examples. One day he asked us, “If a boy and a girl are interested in each other and each moves towards the other by dividing the distance in half each time, will they ever touch?” At night and on weekends, I sat in front of the most impossible problem sets, the blank page of lined loose-leaf sitting there under the glow of my desk lamp, taunting me, egging on my growing confusion and frustration.

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