My name is Refath, and being an 12-year-old 7th grader, my dream is one, that entangles itself into a mental root of challenges to, get into Harvard at the age of 13,en route the SAT. Of course, this does not qualify me as a freshman to the SAT. Not many 12-year-olds are able to take such a rigorous test that tests one’s academic performance as that of the SAT. However, I started taking it since I was 5 years old. Not many 12-year olds have reached an intellectual pathway upon which they are able to sit in college courses. Such a case was not to be mine, however, for I started sitting in college classrooms at 7. 

Interests

Math

Of course, this was also the same year when I sat in Dr. Nikola Lakic’s Calculus-II class at Lehman College, which allowed me to see the hidden relationship between math and physics. It also led me to ask questions such as why Sir Isaac Newton-my number 1 hero-had to invent calculus. Dr.Lakic had told us he invented Calculus to solve the Falling Moon Problem .

Physics

Of course, this was also the same year when I sat in Dr. Nikola Lakic’s Calculus-II class at Lehman College, which allowed me to see the hidden relationship between math and physics. It also led me to ask questions such as why Sir Isaac Newton-my number 1 hero-had to invent calculus. Dr.Lakic had told us he invented Calculus.

Computer Science

Soon after, came the summer of 3rd grade, which I’ll go so far as to dub it “My Dream Year”. My dad had started teaching me the Python programming language. Soon, however, he got a job and stayed away for nights at a time. However, to compensate for his being, he gave showed a programming website one day called khanacademy.com.

Film

Diti, the legendary actress & singer of Bangladesh, played the role of my (Refath Albert Bari) mother on a film (Directed by MMR Gulzar and Produced by Channel i). I used some of the footage of the film to put together a video tribute to Diti, who touches my heart during the film. Happy Mother's Day, #Diti. 


~Albert. 

May 8, 2016

STORY #1 : Baby SAT

As the tinted yellow leaves of many summers came to pass, he would bring empty notebooks home. And everyday, I would learn about a certain topic in Math, Science, or History. Once we finished a certain section of topics, he would make a collection of math problems, and make them into tests known as “Baby SATs”. Week after week, I would get 65s, or 70s on those tests, but one day -- after weeks of undeterred practice, I got a 95 on the Baby SAT. Coincidentally, the day was also the day our mattress broke from too many excited jumps on it. You can see the correlation. It is, personally, the academic success that I feel defines me -- a success achieved not by lack, by favor, or even by rigor. It was a success achieved through consistent, self-motivation.

STORY #2 : Lehman College

in 2nd grade, I had a rare opportunity to sit down in two College classes, one with Dr. Michio Kaku (Astronomy) at City College of New York and other with Dr. Daniel Kabat (A calculus based Physics course) at Lehman College. It was because of Professors Kaku and Kabat’s classes from which I learned about string theory and quantum mechanics, which perplexed me. How can a particle be in more than one place in the same time? And I couldn't ever stop thinking light was clever. Ever. If you looked at it, it was a particle and just when you turned your eyeballs around, the beam of light behaves like a wave. I wanted to untwist away the mystery from which was entangled in the proximity of Quantum Physics, deciding to have a Physics degree from Princeton-for my hero Albert Einstein was a professor in Princeton. In fact-my affection for Professor Einstein is so deep that it led me to visit his home, located in Princeton, numerous times. This is why I decided to pursue my Physics degree from Princeton. It was also the same year when I delved into Cosmology & my dream resurrected to become the same one it is to this day-to become the First man on Mars. Toward the end of the two courses, I realized that Mathematics was the language of science.  

STORY #3 : SAT

My purpose for taking the SAT is solely to skip most of High School because I cannot complete 4 Ph.Ds (in Math, Computer Science, and Physics) if I spend too much time on the single the Common Core curriculum is too rigid to hold a flexible individual such as myself who is already compatible with most of High School Math, Reading, and Literary Skills. 


I prepared for the SAT Math Level 1-unfortunately, I got a disappointing score of ~557/800.Of course, such a score was not one to lower the goals I had perceived achieving. So when 6th grade came, I was all ready to take the SAT on Dec.6,2014.I spent months practicing under the eyes of the moon. I hogged any resources at hand, whether they be rusty SAT practice books or new books that my parents bought me. The thought of going to college was like such that of the splendid realm upon which deemed myself one that could not secure a foothold on.By the time I swerved my car and saw the SAT sign just a mile away, my heart was rusted, and my mind, a mere entity of the jewel it used to be. In order to resurrect myself to take the what-would-be-2-days-later-SAT,my dad took me to the NYU Bobst Library to help me prepare for primarily the math section of the SAT, but also for the Writing Section. We took a mound of tests and my scores dipped and rose, and alas, my highest score was 95, up 50 points from the 45/100 I got on my first try. I wrote 2 essays, the first one getting C+ and the next one getting A+. At last, I felt I was ready for the SAT. So in I went, on the 6th of December ready to pawn one of the most infamous tests ever(although I pawned it perversely bad). After 17 Days, my score still didn’t come, so we called College Board. The score? An impressive 1520-480 for Reading,510 for Math, and 530 for Writing. Yet, I hadn't found the satisfaction which I had perceived with such a score,so I took the SAT once again on the 6th of June in 2015,and my score improved by up to 120 Points! My Reading and Writing improved by 70 and 50 points,respectively.It was one jolly day and the score brought me into a whole realm of worlds I’d never thought I would explore at such an age-college.

This was the first version of the New SAT I took. We had registered for the March 8th version, until finding out we had actually registered for the wrong year. I took 2 practice tests before this SAT, and they paid off quite a bit, along with my wealth of Math, Reading, and Writing experiences. I did well in Writing, and fairly well in Math(after all my focused practice on Math), however my Time Management flew through the window (or door?) when it came to the 65-Minute Reading section. I left over 8 questions unanswered, which is a huge mistake, especially when those questions are not taken penalty points off if wrong. Therefore, I will perhaps get most points and Math & Writing, however -- Reading will sink my score. 

To say the least, either before or after this SAT, it was a very harsh study experience. It takes a lot of self-motivation to make oneself his own teacher, and I think it paid off quite a bit, to say the least. This test, I got a 1580, which quite frankly is a very bad score -- a 60 point decrease from my original 1640 score. However, this was the closest I ever got to a 600 score on any of the sections -- I got 590 in writing, and a projected score of 590-630!


This was my first actual SAT. The previous SAT I took in 5th grade was actually an SAT Subject Test Math Level I. Unfortunately, I do not have any verification document confirming my score of 630 on the test. However, speaking of my first SAT, I took this SAT without much preparation, and got a score of 1530 -- a tiny 10 points above the score of the average high school graduate.  


STORY #4 : Programming

Soon after, came the summer of 3rd grade, which I’ll go so far as to dub it “My Dream Year”. My dad had started teaching me the Python programming language. Soon, however, he got a job and stayed away for nights at a time. Of course, this was also the same year when I sat in Dr. Nikola Lakic’s Calculus-II class at Lehman College, which allowed me to see the hidden relationship between math and physics. It also led me to ask questions such as why Sir Isaac Newton-my number 1 hero-had to invent calculus. Dr.Lakic had told us he invented Calculus to solve the Falling Moon Problem - I asked myself-the falling moon is a physics problem, however solving it is a math problem. That helped me to accept the hypothesis I mentioned above-Math is the language of Physics-which is the primary reason I want to get a Math degree from Cambridge,for my hero was a math professor there. Around that time, while taking my 1st programming lesson from, I realized I needed a tool to solve math & physics problems-which is the very reason I took up Computer Science.

Leaf Tree

 

At the time, my 5th grade class was preparing for a statewide assessment test in Math & Reading. Yet, Math was very difficult for my class, as not very many of them had a good foundation in it. As the year was nearing it’s end and the tests approached closer, I was starting to get worried for my classmates, who might have even failed the tests. The anxiety of the closing year versed an adrenaline through my body I never felt before. There was the need to execute a influence on my classmates, not just for the tests, but to help them learn Math to the point where they enjoyed it! With this thought in mind, one day, without any planning -- no blueprints, or rules -- I made a website, class504.webs.com. That night, I made a video and an article explaining PEMDAS, and posted them on the website, along with a slideshow of images of different math topics. The next day, I presented the website to my class, and tracked the amount of visitors my site would get every day. Everyday, I would copy down every single topic our teacher, Ms. Paranac taught us, and I would go home, and type them up into lessons for the class to read, if they didn’t understand in class. Soon, the class would understand a math topic in a day, and our teacher rarely had to spend 2 days reviewing a topic. Yet soon, my inner grunge was getting unsatisfied. Between creating the state tests, and my Class 504 website, I had learned HTML5 & CSS, two programming languages specialized in Web Designing. I suddenly grew to distaste the design of my Class 504 website, and rightfully so! The website had a black-grey design, with out-of-place bright text colors. There was no consistent color theme, browser-supported text font, or any fundamental design elements whatsoever. So, I created a new website, and instead of making it just for my class, I pondered for a moment. I had no knowledge of whether other classes just like mine were struggling with not only Math, but also Reading, and even extra-curricular subjects such as Programming. So, I named the new website Leftree, symbolic of the tree of knowledge, its luscious fruit of knowledge dripping from the dew of learning. I copied, and pasted all my math articles on the Class 504 website to Leaf Tree (now located at leftree.webs.com), and deleted class504.webs.com. Over the course of the next week, I would spend hours and hours spurring out articles, videos, and programs to illustrate, explain, and help my fellow classmates visualize Math concepts. On the afternoon of one of our last Fridays, I presented Leaf Tree to the whole school in our School auditorium. It was a moment of understanding, of passion, of love that my primitive brain could not comprehend. It was not the view counter’s explosion on Leaf Tree’s statistics that had made me so inexplicably happy. Days, and even weeks later, Kids would come up to me thanking me for creating Leaf Tree. I had made an influence on the lives of real human beings. It makes me happy to remember such an uncapturable feeling, and I hope I can re-create it once again in the future.

Newtonian Full Dev

Locus Theorems

Locus Theorems II

Newtonian Promo

Leaf Tree Promo

Statistics

Rashidul Bari