Saturday, June 6, 2015

NNV Math Club's Summer Practice



Song:  What A Wonderful World

Artist:  Louis Armstrong



The NNV Math Club will be gathering for weekly two hour math practices
during the Summer.

These special sessions were organized by a couple of the veteran members.

The young members of the club are very motivated...
as they had a very good showing at the ARML Nationals
(6th in the Nation in their division).


I took Alex to the reserved conference room for the practice session.







These two young men were the organizers of the summer math circle
(the young man in the Fedora...and the young man in the orange shirt).

Although they are veteran members...
both are just in 10th grade.


The young man in orange had made copies of past AMC and ARML contest problems...
and he also had a copy of a national Mandelbrot contest page
filled with problems for the members to solve.


Within a short period of time...
the classroom filled up with almost all of the team members.



Each member quickly got serious in their problem solving.


The young man in red was very helpful.

He readily helped others by explaining how to solve tough problems.


There was neither hint of haughtiness in teaching...
nor shame in asking for assistance.

The mood was upbeat...
and the discussions were math-centric.


The two veteran members helping Alex to understand a problem he had difficulty with.


I had only stayed in the class for the first hour.

I then retired to the library.


All of the computers are for use for the students of UNR
(a student number must be entered to use them).

Next time...
I'll use Alex's student number.

I'll catch up on the news before getting lost in a book.



I love two of these words...
'Quiet' and 'Reading'.

I love books...
and quiet comfortable surroundings...
and the time to just get lost in a good book.


I found myself a good book...
and then found a comfortable chair to read in.

Before I knew it...
it was time to meet Alex at his practice session.



The class had ended...
and the young members affirmed the date and time for their next session.


What made me think of this song:

1)  The leadership demonstrated by the two veteran members...
in setting up the weekly sessions...
supporting the sessions by having problems printed out and at the ready...
having had already secured and reserved the classroom...
and by leading the sessions in an organized manner.

2)  The selfless sharing of knowledge by the strong members...
and the open asking for help by the others whenever they had a problem.

 3)  The math team pulling together in search of knowledge...
and their willingness to give up a weekend day to strengthen their skills.

4)  The look of excitement...
and hunger for knowledge...
in each team member's eyes and posture.

Nothing motivates people more toward success...than a prior success.

This young team now knows what can be done with diligent practice.


Most of all...
it is so good to see youth on the correct path in life.


Yes...
each young member is highly intelligent.

However...
no...
this is not the most important attribute.


Life is not so much a question of aptitude...
as one of attitude.


Each of these young math club members
knows the value of deferred gratification.

They are working towards mastering an important subject
so they will be able to have a career they can not only love...
but one which will provide the monetary rewards
which will allow them to secure their futures
(however, they also have a passion for math).


What one attribute do I think runs common
among youth such as these?


I would have to say...
rational thinking.

With rational thought comes...
forethought...which gives rise to foresight.

This is what gives these youths their uncommon amount
of wisdom and maturity.

They know the great value of life...
and what is needed to succeed in it.


They know that as life is a meritocracy...
that it is not excuses...
but performance...
that ultimately matters.

They also realize that the time to prepare for the battle field of the world arena...
is relatively short.

In essence...
they know full well that the battle is won...
not on the battlefield...
but in the training halls.


The applied essence of this line of thought (deferred gratification)...
is that by working diligently towards goals while still young...
they are setting up the vast majority of their lives for one of
great happiness and deep satisfaction.

It really is quite simple.

There is no time in life where personal responsibility is so low...
and time so free...
as when one is a youth.

If a child does not use this time efficiently...
when he becomes an adult...
he will have relegated the whole rest of his existence
to having to work much harder and longer...
for much less.


(However...
this is not to say that each does not also enjoy his/her life now.
Far from it.
Many of the members are talented in the arts or sports also.
It is just that they use their time intelligently.)


So...
when I see self directed behavior in youth 
which I know will serve them well in life...
a path which will put them on a positive spiral...
I cannot help but think to myself...

'What A Wonderful World'  :)










2 comments:

  1. Mediocrity is self-inflicted, genius is self-bestowed.
    ~W. Russell

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  2. Mediocrity arises from the challenges we don't accept, from the thoughts we don't think, and from the actions we don't take. Dream the dream, and walk the path. And always remember, if you wish to be like everyone else...you are dooming yourself to mediocrity.

    You need not be a genius to be successful. Just a dream and the drive to walk the path. That is it.

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