Mathematics is a rigorous and demanding intellectual pursuit. It is also interesting, exciting and challenging. People like its clarity and the satisfaction of knowing when you have the right answer to a problem.
If I were again beginning my studies, I would follow the advice of Plato and start with mathematics.
Mathematics can be found in just about any field if you look closely enough—whether biology, computer science, economics, or political science. Even beyond math’s practical applications in the professional realm, there are a bevy of benefits which are seldom considered: