Undergrad:

**USC**

GPA:

**3.1**

GRE:

**170 Q / 164 V / 810 M**

Domestic Asian male

Recs: one very strong, one probably strong, one unknown

I took a lot of math classes. I think around 20, most of which were grad.

My transcript and SOPs are a bit of a mess. My GPA is low because I’m bad at math, but also because I’m a terrible student. For example, I took algebra and number theory my first semester, and nearly failed. My second semester, I made straight F’s across the board, then dropped out to try and join the Army. Third semester, I took measure theory and got a (measly) B, but I took the qual on a whim and accidentally got a PhD pass, which angered a couple professors. My first real exposure to linear algebra was Hilbert and Banach spaces. I didn’t know what row reduction was until I finally took a linear algebra class in my sixth semester.

If I seem like an idiot, that’s because I am. However, I do have a saving grace, and that’s that I love teaching (really it’s a love for public speaking, but I might as well talk about math). Unlike math, I’m also pretty good at it, so that’s an angle I and my recommenders can push. I don’t want to do a PhD because I love math (I don’t), but I’d like to teach math to people who are actually enthusiastic about it.

Anyways, do y’all think there are any programs that would take someone such as myself? I applied this cycle to a small handful but never sent in my GRE scores because I didn’t want to waste more money. Thanks in advance!