Living math in how it conveys logic in numbers

Living in a time of algorithm and digital revolution, many decisions that affect the way we live and interact with the world around us are made by constant mathematical models which is changing rapidly. Mathematics can be challenging and yet frustrating subject I have ever studied. Yet, I enjoy the challenge to engage with unique questions, to play with mathematical ideas and experience multiple strategies to the same question. I enjoy deepening my understanding of the mathematics, rather than just getting the answer from the textbook. This often motivates and made me progressively try to understand the logic of more unique mathematical problems and the satisfaction to solving a difficult question after several failed attempts to a challenging question could not be more rewarding. I enjoy the study of math in how it conveys logic in numbers and variables. This challenge to think more creatively and logically encourages me to study math and further math at ‘A’ level. I have learnt in my process of dealing with complex mathematical problems by decoding it in different ways to approach answers has help improved my problem solving skills and generate new possible methods the next time I attempt complicated math problems. This attributes to my motivation to further mathematics, hence my aspiration to major at university. The paradox of how the myriad ways big data will increasingly become part of the solution to pressing global problems like addressing climate change, governance and economic development. Delve further, algorithms improve, data-crunching techniques are becoming more democratize resulting in privacy lost and models used could be unregulated, opaque or wrong. Nevertheless, big data uncover unknown correlation, market trends, customer preferences and other useful information that can help companies or government make more-informed decisions. I am studying a combination of mathematic and computer science subjects, and I like these subjects as it explores the interplay between the two disciplines particularly in this interconnected world. Reading books and articles about big data awestruck me at the alarming rate of how big data influence on almost everything and every part of our lives. I read how data analysis play a formidable political machine helping to identify supporters for vote in the US 2012 Obama’s winning campaign. This motivated me to do an extended project on the extent of media influence statistical analysis of the predicted outcome of the 2012 US Election. My project fuelled my enthusiasm to learn more about how statistical math of data crunching in Obama’s 2012 analytics-driven campaign were able to collect data over time, run complex algorithm to analyze possible election result. My findings interestingly also led me to another 2012 election big winner,  Nate Silver. Silver’s mathematical model using statistic and data crunching to run algorithm was worked by setting his parameters determining the allocation of weightage and accuracy to each poll based on past election voters’ data including other conditions to reach the desirable result – a derivative of Baye’s theorem that probability of a hypothesis depends on the current and prior data. Working out probabilities and statistics is part and parcel of daily lives math as written in Silver’s book “The Signal and the Noise”.Growing up in mixed languages and bi-cultural household, I embrace integrating well into other cultures easily as a global citizen. I choose Waseda for its reputation as an internationally engaged university with rich history and location in Tokyo. I also knew Waseda as one of Japan’s best universities with established English programs, diverse clubs and societies. I hope that studying in Japan will help improve my Japanese language skills. I choose undergraduate Mathematics at Waseda because I believe the integrated science and technical curriculums at Waseda will equip me with broad transferable skillsets helpful for my future career in information management, financial analysis or data science analytics. I achieved bronze awards for my Senior UK Mathematical Challenge Year 13 and UK BPho Physics Challenge in Year 11. Working with numbers aside, I had work placement at CIMB Bank in Year 12 and participated as an active marketeer with the school student-led Junior Achievement Company entrepreneurship programme in Year 11. I collaborated and teamwork with other students to achieve the successful sales of our enterprising products at the JA Trade Fair competition in Bangkok. Outside academia, I joined the Young Model United Nation as an active member since Year 10; coaching junior members in the school club on conference protocols and materials preparation. When the school organized its 24th HISMUN conference, I had the opportunity to task as a Parliamentararium and simultaneously designed the publicity campaign webpage. I learnt soft skills of communication and organization to oversee the running of a successful conference. In Year 10, I completed the international Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award, and I am currently working on completing the Gold Award this year. This certification shows discipline, commitment in different aspects of a holistic education. In 2014, I visited Ban Nam Kem community development center, which was one of the areas hit by 2004 tsunami in Phuket. I helped to install e-learning tools for the center initiative in developing English learning portal, taught underprivileged children Math and origami. I feel success in student life is also about having the compassion to give back to society and sharing our literacy privilege with less fortunate children. Through 2015 to 2017, I actively participated rebuilding home for Thai people and local communities in Habitat for Humanity. In 2016, I visited Elephant Nature Park volunteering and caring for abused Asian elephants. I enjoyed all experiences and learned skills such as independent, compassion, empathy, teamwork, leadership, diligent. Since 2013, I participate as a committed member in the school tennis club.My holistic education with Harrow Bangkok has given me great experiences – working and playing hard in a vibrant school environment, becoming active team players in my activities and cultivating global mindsets with local and international friends.  I look forward to exploring yet many opportunities and challenges of an enriching learning journey within and beyond classrooms in university.

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