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 Talented Students Day
A few of us went to the Talented Students Day organised by the MANSW (Maths Associations of NSW) at USYD today.
When we arrived, we noticed that half the lecture hall were filled with Fort St kids and we were the only school in mufti. But then again, Mr.H did tell us to wear something that would define us as nerds, something like the Harry Potter scar on our foreheads. I know.. Bad Joke.
But yeah. It felt awkwardly good to be the only ones not in uniform. hahahs
First was the intro speech by the dean of the Maths department. And then came the award for the 1st state ranker in both 3U and 4U maths from the previous year, Miss Law. And she was from Ruse (wasn't surprised), who is currently doing a bachelor of Law/Adv Science (Mathematics) at USYD. And they also handed out the medals for the students who went to the succeeded in getting into the summer camp back in yr11.
Then came the motivational speech by the Co-Host of Letters and Numbers on SBS, Lily Serna, an honours student in mathematics at UTS. She told us about the career paths we can take with maths; other than the obvious choice of engineering. In fact, she was only a 3U student herself, so it really doesn't take much, you just need to have a passion for it. However, what she didn't know was that the whole lecture room was filled with just 4U students and since she started asking us if we knew what differentiation was, we all kind of took her words as a joke; and of course, some were quite offended.

Afterwards was morning tea followed by 2 lectures in some university styled maths problems based on the things we already know; topics like mechanics, series, complex numbers, just the general stuff.
Those were poorly done because the lecturers were not very engaging resulting in some students falling asleep and others just bored out of their minds. I on the other hand, hadn't eaten anything the whole morning and my stomach had started to grumble. So I wasn't able to concentrate either, but thank god I didn't embarrass myself by allowing my tummy to grumble too loud. (:

Lunch was pretty good sine the cafe in the Law building has quite nice baguettes. And I liked how they actually had chefs in the open kitchen and they even have a bar! To be safe, I ordered a Vietnamese Roll with a Caramel Latte made by a very cute guy who had a very enticing European accent but most of all, knew how to spell my name right! :D

Then came our last 2 sessions of HSC Exam Preparation Lectures for our 4U topics. They were excellent! Gave us great tips on how to shorten our working and reduce time on some questions! But one complaint many students had was that for every topic, we only had less than an hour. So much of the work was rushed or skipped. Lucky they gave us the notes to read in our own time instead.

It was a very tiring day, considering I only had 3hrs of sleep the night before. But it was worth the $20 I guess; like a quick crash course with tutors that are actual HSC markers. hahahs.
OH! And I also saw Cici and Alanna there at the lecture so that was nice. :D
Anyways, that's about it!
Gotta get back to studying for Trials.
GOODLUCK TO EVERYONE WHO ARE DOING THEIRS NOW OR SOON OR ALREADY DID THEM! ((:

OH! And UMAT IS IN A WEEK (27/07) SO GOOD LUCK TO  EVERYONE WHO HAS THEIRS AT 8AM! hahahs. 1:30PM FOR ME! WOOOOOO

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