My enrollment in Brilliant was March 3rd, 2015, which means it has been EXACTLY one year since I have discovered this wonderful place, where I find friends from all around the world who love math and keep on improving myself and chasing my dreams. In addition to this special event, I have just won the Alabama Independent School Association (AISA) High School Math Competition 1st place on February 26th, which is another thing that brilliant would account for. Therefore, I guess it really is time for me to write a tribute to brilliant and you all:D
I started off my journey in brilliant.org as an 8th grader who was a "know-it-all" student in Honors Algebra I. Of course, comparing to most of you, I had very little knowledge of math; however, my passion is in math and I would love to learn more. Ever since then, I have been practicing almost every single day on Brilliant.org until about May, when the summer holiday starts. After I start my 9th grade year, to maintain a solid GPA, I didn't go on Brilliant too often, which was an action now I kind of regrets.
On January 1st of 2016, a random idea came to my mind: in the year 2016, I will do at least one math question every day and copy it down (and/or its solution, depending on my attempt) in a notebook. I thought about Brilliant first simply because it is a great source of math problems of all kind. I also set up plans of topics to learn about in appropriate difficulty for myself. After I started the project, though, I felt the necessity to work out a few more questions than one. I work on one subtopic each day, and it takes 45 minutes on average for me to finish my project.
At first, I couldn't even believe that this project lived for a week. Then I was in doubt of my capability of time management and ability of "actually doing the math". But I didn't give up; I believed that this completely self-disciplinary project will ultimately do me some good.
It turns out to be a HUGE success. In the past 2 months, I learned and mastered about two thirds of the contents in a precalculus textbook, and I successfully taught myself derivatives, differentiation and integrals using my ONLY source, brilliant.org. During this process, I learned to correctly format math and to edit wikis. In the statewide AISA math competition, I was one of the few freshman participants, if there were any but myself, and my school's team as a whole preformed extremely well. I finished with a 41/50 score, while there were less than 5 participants scoring 40 or above. I have never been through any math trainings, and without Brilliant, I would probably lose another 20 points on the examination.
As I feel proud for myself for committing to math, I sense that Brilliant would be the key component to my mathematic achievements and the fun I had while learning math. Practicing and publishing problems really made me think in mathematics, and I have truly found joy learning from others. I know it would still be a long way for me to understand all of the topics in brilliant and in mathematics, but I will always keep trying
From my heart, I thank you all for providing educational and/or entertaining problems, and I wish more people would know about "the beauty of math" and Brilliant. Please disregard my problems in English grammar, and most importantly, hope everyone have fun in this website!