Oklahoma School of Sci & Math, Oklahoma City, OK
Playing trumpet, playing video games, reading
Orchestra, Jazz Band, University of Tulsa Physics Journal Club
AMC, AIME, MathCounts, Physics Bowl, TEAM+S (Test of Engineering Aptitude, Math, and Science), Academic team
I moved around a lot as a child, being born in China, but having lived in Switzerland before coming to the U.S. Prior to living in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which, by the way, isn’t as bad as you might think, I lived in Lawrence, Kansas. I had always been relatively proficient at math, but my interest in it really peaked when I participated in MathCounts. After 8th grade, I joined marching band, and playing the trumpet became a large part of my life. For two years – 9th and 10th grade- tooting my horn, both marching on the field and on the stage, was my main focus in life. A lot of my effort became invested in practicing for various solo contests and band tryouts, as well as long, grueling marching practices. For 4 months during the beginning of the school year, all I worried about was how to play my horn with burning lungs, quick move to hit all my marching spots at just right time, adjust my position in the form with sweat stinging my eyes, all the while wearing that heavy wool uniform which, I might add, does NOT breathe very well. Oh, did I mention the 5 hour practices in the summer when the temperature is around 100 degrees and 10 hour ones on the weekends during the sch In my spare time, that is, time not spent doing the large amounts of homework doled out by my teachers, I like to play video games, listen to music – jazz, country, rap, classical, and the occasional rock that my friends are listening to, or visit my friends, with whom I conveniently live together in the dorms. Occasionally, I’d spend 5 or 6 hours playing video games, and would then become overcome with guilt. On these extremely rare occasions, I would start researching various things that interest me, like physics, or computers – how to make mine a better gaming machine, or perhaps some idea I have stuck in my head at the time, to quiet my screaming conscience by doing something productive. This year, I took the Physics Olympiad qualifying test just to test myself. I managed to get myself a spot in the summer camp, so here I am, typing up my bio. My main goal is to learn as much as I can, and have fun while doing it.