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It's funny, even though my degree is in Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence, I don't tend to find myself identifying with those subjects when I think of my qualifications and interests. I mean, here's how my degree actually breaks down, as a proportion of the final marks that contributed to my grade..

Artificial Intelligence: 15%
Dissertation: 19%
Evolutionary Biology: 29%
Mathematics: 37%

(that's percentage of the marks I got, not percentage scored in exams..)

Now, I know that my degree performance was hardly stellar, but the point remains, almost a third of the marks I got in my degree came from Biology - more than came from the taught AI modules. As such, in practical terms, the joint degree I did might as well be called Maths and Artificial Intelligence and Evolutionary Biology.

Furthermore, I am educated in Evolutionary Biology to a final year undergraduate level, in which I got a good First. From what I can gather, I was pretty much at the top of my class, which only goes to feed my suspicion that I'm not really a mathematician, I'm a biologist..

I dunno, parts of maths are good.. Mostly, the bits leading up to the end of my a-levels. Probability theory, complex numbers, and just general logical reasoning.. But all that was covered in Further Maths, and I don't honestly think university taught me much that was subsequently relevant to anything.. I'd consider myself to be good at maths, but not in an academic way.

Evolutionary Biology, on the other hand, now that I can see as being a proper academic interest. I read articles, countless books, run simulations on population scenarios.. I get far more excited when a new species is found than I could ever get about formulae and equations.. So yeah, I think if any further academic study is in order, that's the field it'll be in..


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