Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ
I have lived about a third of my life in each of Asia, Europe, and North America, which has really given me a global perspective on all issues. Whether it is solving practical problems, where I can input some good ideas I have learned elsewhere, or even discussing key events happening around the world.
My high school, Bergen County Academies, is split into several different disciplines, including the original one, the Academy for the Advancement of Science and Technology, which is the one I am part of. The Academies is an amazing place. Despite being just a County Magnet School, it has assembled an amazing crew of teachers and an almost equally amazing pool of talented students. From the very beginning, our math and science teachers focus on deepening our understanding of the particular subject, and attempt to pique our interest in the field. Additionally, every year, underclassmen watch as the older students achieve many honors in the math and science competitions, which further inspire them to acquire deeper knowledge in these areas. Therefore, ever since my freshman year, I have constantly been striving towards learning as much math, physics, and chemistry as I can. Our math classes throughout the years have covered topics beginning with conic sections and logarithms, all the way up to topics such as Complex Analysis and Stokes Theorem. Additionally, I attended the PROMYS program in the summer of 2004, which greatly improved my group work and research skills. This year, I am taking the very rigorous AP Physics course offered at our school, in which we have gone very in-depth on many of the topics covered on the AP syllabus. Along with my Advanced Topics math class, Mr. Galitskiy Physics class is definitely the most interesting to be part of, and is in some way delaying the onset of the incurable senior year disease. In my spare time, I sometimes read about many of the historical developments in the Science world, including the groundbreaking experiments and ideas. Recently, I finished reading John Grubbin Schrodinger Cat, and probably will try to obtain the sequel to that book.
I am honored to be part of the team, and am looking forward to attending training camp, where I will be able to further expand my knowledge of and interest in Physics and have the chance to meet fellow Physics enthusiasts.