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Lily Serna

Data star + TV presenter

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It’s so important to push past the common stereotypes of what a mathematician is so people can explore the subject free from limitations.

Lily Serna shares her thoughts on how useful maths really is.

Maths is a wonderfully rich and useful subject. I love that maths is all about solving puzzles. It’s logical by definition and there’s no ambiguity. It just makes sense and my mind finds comfort in how black and white it is.


“I love that maths is all about solving puzzles.”


Understanding maths is like having a toolkit: at Australian software giant Atlassian, if someone comes to me with a problem, I can pull out the right tool at the right time to find the solution.

If you struggle with maths, it’s important to remember that it’s all about building blocks, and you need to understand the basics to build your knowledge. If you get stuck, go back to the last step, practice, and go on from there. It’s about training your mind to think in a logical and systematic way — a skill that’s useful in any career.

Lily’s path to becoming a TV presenter

>> Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours), University of Technology Sydney

>> Data Analyst, Fairfax Media

>> Data Analyst, Atlassian

>> TV Presenter, Letters and Numbers; Destination Flavour

Lily shows us how to win Scissors Paper Rock using maths

See our interview with Lily Serna, and find out why Lily thinks the phrase “I’m not good at maths” should be banned! 

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