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How much math did you take, and what types? You mentioned algebra and trig in your earlier comment. If you indeed struggled with algebra, it was probably not taught well, unfortunately, leaving you with not only a bad taste in your mouth for math but also a lack of understanding of what good math courses can do for one's analytical ability. I should note that this analytical ability doesn't necessarily appear overnight after one completes a single math course; it builds over time.
Your math, physics, & chem majors may not have gotten to that point in their development either, especially if they were early in their school programs or were themselves struggling with the coursework.
Belive it or not, I had trouble with math, too, in college; a lot of it was a struggle. But I didn't lose sight of what it offered, and now I'm glad I kept an open mind about the subject. It is useful probably every day, in things both mighty and mundane.
One of the jobs I interviewed for (and got) required that I prove the ability to perform math operations with nothing more than a pencil and paper--yes, including longhand division, which I'd not done in decades!--and I was really glad I didn't just say, "Why should I do this; when would I need it on the job?" But the employer wanted to be sure I could do calculations even if no calculator or computer (or tech friends) were available--which could have happened, as a lot of the work was on airborne aircraft. This was in the days before laptops were common.
My point is, you never know when you might wish you had math in your hip pocket. And even when you don't think you need it, you could use it to understand things better, like medical studies that get splashed onto the news with little analysis by the media.
And no, I'm not a uni-dimensional math geek, in case you wondered. I've also taught business communications (including international comm.), medical topics, and more, and I ran an editing business for well over a decade. Studied and practiced law, too. I've never considered anything I ever learned to be a waste of time; everything builds on everything else . . . including math.
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