Today, 27 September 2014, I celebrate a year of membership in Brilliant. I've really learnt so much in the course of these 365 days. I really wanna thank Brilliant so much. And I'd like to share my story on Brilliant.
When I first joined Brilliant on that fateful day 27 September 2013, I was a noob. I mean REALLY noob. So at that time, Brilliant was still holding 1-week challenges, and had only 4 topics. Now, I would probably call that a rigid structure. But anyway, I learnt to enjoy the problems on Brilliant. They helped me rekindle my passion for math. But still, I solved them pretty easily. I craved more. More. More. By then Brilliant got a little... boring. I needed more math. More problems. MORE!!!!!!
And then, suddenly, Brilliant exploded. Exploded. The feed had changed completely, with so many new topics, new problems... It was just what I needed. Brilliant had finally evolved into a beautiful, bustling, gigantic, vibrant community. I met so many motivational people on Brilliant, like Finn Hulse and Sharky Kesa and so many other talented, amazing people. And all the time Brilliant was going viral. I managed to get people hooked on Brilliant too, like ZhiJie Goh, Luke Tan, Ng Yi Pen and others.
One day, I decided to try create my own problems. And then it got really fun. I thought of so many wild and fantastical ideas (but of course posted only the legit ones :D), and I didn't even tire. I was enjoying it.
All the time, my passion for math grew and grew, and my streak grew and grew. And Brilliant's community grew and grew. Brilliant, such a colourful, incredible, enjoyable community.
Of course, I had quite a few "close shaves" in the wrong sense. If Calvin Lin had stayed in Raffles Institution for maybe an hour longer, I would probably have met him. (lol :D)
I know my streak's dead, but that doesn't mean my passion is dead. I know, compared to people like Trevor Arashiro, Finn Hulse, Sharky Kesa, and Victor Loh, I am really still quite a noob on Brilliant.
But the problems have taught me perseverance and resilience.
The streak has taught me determination.
Its connectivity has taught me communication.
The feed has taught me how to present my problems, solutions and even allowed me to think from the perspective of the problem-setter to let me better solve harder questions.
So overall, despite my lowly status on Brilliant, I have really learnt so much from Brilliant, and these life lessons are what I find the most valuable. I'm not even a moderator. But at least, I enjoy Brilliant. I truly appreciate Brilliant. These life lessons are what let me know my time on Brilliant is worthwhile.
And so my story ends here. I know so many more people on Brilliant share this same story and, like me, have really benefitted so much from Brilliant.
So on behalf of all these grateful people, I'd like to say," Thanks so much, Brilliant." And I know that there'll always be new things here for me to explore, new problems to learn from, and I know Brilliant is going to expand and widen to eventually become one of the best sites in the world. Because Brilliant is truly -- Brilliant.