Andrew and Heather were 14. The end of the summer term was drawing to an end and they had to decide what subjects they had to choose for O-Level for the following year.
"Oh stop whinging Andrew!", said Heather. “Mum says that we can choose as many subjects as we can. I think she has good reason because we do not know exactly what kind of study we will choose in the future as we keep changing our minds every now and then.”
“I like Arts, but I don't see why I have to study maths and science! They are boring."
Heather lost patience with Andrew. “You need maths for the whole of your life,” she said.
“Don't forget we're going to have an international contest in mathematics this year. You'll feel stupid if you can't resolve solutions.”
“Why should I take part in this competition? I won't register right from the beginning. After all I have to decide for myself. Enough with mathematics! I'd like to do something else for my career.”
“Andrew, make an effort! I've told mum I'll do Physics and Maths 0-Levels, and I'm not sure to have very good grades for them."
Mrs Brown was Andrew's and Heather 's maths teacher for the new school year. After the morning's maths lesson she said : “Now it's time you must choose your own team to compete on the national level in mathematics and the best team that wins the final will travel to the US where the biggest international contest for maths will be held. You're free to form your own team and each team must have no more than 4 students. I expect you to hand me your teams next week."
Andrew was very much excited he joined his sister's team. In two months they would meet a team from another school. The idea of traveling to the US had begun to cherish his mind. The prizes were valuable. He would have a scholarship to carry on his studies in the US. He thought it was the best occasion to jump on.
“How strange! Andrew How comes every time I come to your bedroom I find you busy studying maths? I know you hate maths,” inquired his mum astonishingly.
“I have changed my mind mum, mathematics is the whole world", Andrew said with much delight.
Andrew's team worked hard to win the national competition in mathematics. They won three times successively though the final was tough and managed to realize their dreams. They would travel to the US in their summer holiday. Andrew 's love for mathematics grew more and more intense.