Proud to Represent Canada in 2018 - Ansh A.

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

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“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."