Maths Scholars are Olympic Champions
The Maths Scholarship scheme has been addicted to the Olympics. It’s been so exciting. The tales of dedication, pain, romance and sheer grit and determination have been totally inspiring. OK, we admit to having watched most of it on the sofa but we may well get out the running kit on the back of the coverage. Check out the 20 best moments in Rip so far
Scholars and Olympians need staying power, passion, flair and determination
No doubt you will have all seen many companies jumping on the bandwagon and writing about the Olympics and I guess there’s good reason. What the Olympics showcases are the results of four years’ work. It demonstrates what resilience, passion, determination and sure doggedness achieves. Yes, there’s talent but that’s not all that’s required. You can be a gifted athlete but if you’re not prepared to overcome the psychological and physical demands of training then you will never be a champion. There isn't one person in the pantheon of winners and participants that hasn't mentioned the sheer grit required to get so far.
Set targets and be inspired to be better
It would be easy to say: ‘I couldn’t possibly reach those speeds, heights, weights, agility etc. and simply refuse to try. It would be easy to say, ‘I’ve won a gold so why push myself for another?’ It’s all about setting targets and being inspired to always be that little better. Isn’t that what we should all be doing?
We see the swans but not the effort
You have to admire the glamour of athletes in fantastic kit designed by Stella McCartney, looking absolutely ‘match fit’. But we rarely see the sacrifices and the brute force that gets competitors training in the depths of winter or first thing in the morning when most people are still asleep. We see the swans but we don’t see what goes on beneath the water.
It’s a bit like the attitude of our Maths scholars
They apply for a scholarship because they know there’s a spark they want to ignite in both themselves and the students they wish to teach. They make the effort to apply and attend the assessment centres and do the tests because it matters. They know that becoming a Maths Scholar will give them a head start in their Maths Teaching Careers and it’s worth the effort. Dedication, interest and self-belief are just a few of the qualities our Maths Scholars possess. When they receive their scholarships they are already marking themselves out as people to watch in the maths profession.
Maths scholars have their own special podium
Transform yourself and apply for a Maths Scholars Scholarship
Becoming a Maths Scholar is not like breaking a World Record or winning 5 gold medals but it is very special. A Maths scholarship gives you the chance to stand on your own podium even if that simply means you walk around with your head held higher. This year’s deadline for application is the 22nd August. We would still like to hear from anyone who has been considering applying but thought that maybe they weren't brilliant enough. Forget that point of view. Just apply and see what happens. Every single one of the athletes competing in Rio 2016 started somewhere. Who knows whether your career as a secondary school maths teacher will be as successful. Applying to be a Maths scholar is just the beginning.
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