By Tina, Age 12
Despite quarantine and Covid, my world opened up. In 2020 phone calls and Weichat texts of “Stay safe!” stormed back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean between my parents and our relatives in China. Within a few months, the virus invaded America, bringing a different kind of virus: hate crimes. Masks and sanitizers, “Black Lives Matter” and “Stop Asian Hate” fought humanity’s plagues. Detaching myself from this turmoil, I studied for math contests. Covid canceled Mathcounts State of 2020, and I failed virtual Mathcounts State 2021. In 2022, as the world opens up again, I will study harder than ever because this is my last year to qualify for the Nationals.
As I became more involved in the math community, I realized that so many people didn’t understand math and would not support it. I started a book about my middle school math journey to record my path to the Nationals, but also to support the math community and introduce contest math to laypeople. Like Kelly Yang and everyone published here has demonstrated, words have the power to connect and change people. By blending my passions for math and writing, I could solve problems and inspire change.