During a review session for Math 10B, multivariable calculus at UCR, a girl in the audience asked, “How important are cubes?”
At first the class and the professor laughed but as a few short moments passed, the professor teased the importance of cubes and began to ponder the question seriously.
Eventually, the professor explained that cubes were one of the simplest objects to find the volumes of and provided easy computations for line integrals, surface integrals, and the whole lot. Never at one point did he comment about how silly the question may have seemed when posed, which, looking back, is something I wish I had appreciated more.
Although, I went on to earn a C+ in the class because I didn’t study enough and scored enough to land mid curve, looking back, I really hope that I don’t become one of the people who hear a question and comment on and judge the question but instead actively apply my knowledge and experience to answering that question. Change through action and thinking, not intent.