Living study of math in how it conveys
Living in a time of algorithm and digital revolution, many decisions that affect the way we live, the way we 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 and move on. This often motivates and made me progressively try to understand the logic of more unique mathematical problems and the satisfaction I have in 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 both 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, making sense to think in various perspectives 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 higher mathematics, hence my aspiration to study it at university towards a career in either information management or data science and analytics. The paradox of how the myriad ways big data will increasingly become part of the solution to pressing global problems like addressing climate change, disease, fostering good governance and economic development. Delve further, algorithms improve, data-crunching techniques are becoming more democratize resulting in privacy becoming much more difficult to protect 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 globally these days. In school, I’m studying a combination of mathematic and computer science subjects, and what I like about these are that it explores the interplay between the two. I think the relationship between these two subjects is particularly relevant given the present state of the interconnected world. Reading books and articles about big data awestruck me at the alarming rate of how big data influence on almost everything and almost 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. The relevancy developed my ideas to do an extended project on the extent of media influence statistical analysis of the predicted outcome of the 2012 US Election. This project has fuelled my enthusiasm to learn more about how statistical math of data crunching used from President Obama’s 2012 analytics-driven campaign were able to collect data over time, run complex algorithm to analyze possible election result. My project findings interestingly also led me to another big winner in the 2012 election, Nate Silver. Silver’s mathematical model using statistic and data crunching to run algorithm was worked by setting his parameters at the fundamental by 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 as Silver’s book “The Signal and the Noise” also based on the Bayes’ theorem constantly.My ethnic and cultural heritages, exposure staying in different countries made me more emphatic and nonjudgmental in my outlook in life. Growing up in mixed languages and multi-cultural household, I embrace integrating well into other culture easily as a global citizen. I choose Waseda for its reputation as an internationally engaged university with rich history and location in Tokyo, Japan. I also knew Waseda as one of the best universities in Japan with the most established English programs, diverse clubs and societies. I also hope that studying in Japan will help mprove my Japanese language skills. I choose undergraduate Mathematics at Waseda because I believe the vast science and technical curriculums at Waseda will equip me with broad transferable skillsets helpful for my future career. 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 chance of a work placement experience at CIMB Bank in Year 12 and participate as an active marketing member with the school student-led Junior Achievement Company entrepreneurship programme in Year 12. This programme, I collaborated and teamwork with other students who shared common goal to achieve the successful sales of our enterprising products to the public at the JA Trade Fair competition in Bangkok. Outside academia, I participate actively in the school Young Model United Nation Committee since Year 10, coaching junior members in the school club on conference protocols and materials preparation. When the school organized its 24th HISMUN conference in Year 12, I had the opportunity to task as a Parliamentary and simultaneously designed the publicity campaign webpage. This experience made me learnt about the soft skills of communication and organization skills to oversee the smooth 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. During my present stay in Thailand, I did some meaningful outreach programs in areas of community services and conservation work. 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 English language portal, tutored underprivileged children living in the community Math and Japanese craft of origami. I strongly feel that success in student life is not just about doing well academically, but also having the compassion to give back to the society and share 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 Thailand. In 2016, I was awarded 17,000THB on a school-wide travel award trip to Chiang Mai, embarking on a trip to Elephant Nature Park to learn about the conservation work and fund raising efforts by park rangers caring for abused Asian elephants. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed all my experiences and I learned many skills such as independent, compassion, empathy, teamwork, leadership, diligence crucial for an individual. Since Year 9, I continuously participate in active sport as a committed member in the school tennis club.My holistic education experience with Harrow Bangkok has given me a great experience – working and playing hard in a vibrant school environment, becoming active team players in my activities, as well as cultivating global mindsets with local and international friends. With these experiences, I look forward to exploring yet the many opportunities and challenges of an enriching learning journey within and beyond classrooms in university.