Our 2018 WMO Team members told us how they felt before competing about representing Canada in the WMO Global Finals in Stanford University, California on August 11, 2018.
Ansh A. - Level 1 - Bronze Medalist from Brampton, Ontario
“I turned 10 years this summer and have been going to Spirit of Math Schools for 2 years now. I really wanted to join since my friend goes here and I wanted to be smart like him, so asked my dad if could join to improve my math skills. This summer, I wanted to test my math skills and see what I was capable of doing and try out new things, So, I signed up for competitions like the Gauss test (I wrote Grade 7 test even though I am only Grade 4 student), Mathematica, Canadian math league and WMO. I really wanted to write WMO selection tests and kept asking my dad, who is also my coach at home if he registered me.
I did a lot of preparation for the final test because I really wanted to be on Team Canada! On the day of final test, I felt very nervous, like I had butterflies in my stomach, but I had prepared. I had reviewed the concepts, old work from binders and some old WMO final tests as there was a good chance that they would come up as they were in the prelims. I was so happy when I made the final round and the team. Yay!
I am very proud and happy to be representing my country, especially at Stanford as I hear it's a really good university. I may even plan to study there in future! I am excited as I will get to visit San Francisco, be with other team members and get to compete in math which I really love. I will get to meet students from other countries and talk to them about their experiences, how are things in their schools; how they learn and what they learn. It will be super awesome to so many new people, see new places with my team. I am hoping for the best, will do my best and studying hard. With the training, I feel like I learned a lot of new things, new concepts, formulas, algebra, and graph, theory/logic. The training is also helping me a lot on group activities and other things like getting better at teamwork, doing things as a group and building something.
So, I am excited but nervous too as I’m competing against the whole entire world. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am very happy that I can make the best of it and not waste it."