Anni: Hello I’m Anni Tapionlinna. I’m 15 years old, from Finland, and this is my first time participating in the EGMO.

Ulrika: Hello, my name is Ulrika Kaara. I’m from Finland and this is my first time in the EGMO. 

Mireia: Oh, both for the first time, nice! Are there other girls in your team up who have been at the EGMO before? 

A: Yes.

M: Have you have you kept in touch with the rest of the team during the during this virtual EGMO so far?

A: Not very much during the contest, but before we spoke on the internet a couple of times.

M: How did you coordinate taking the exams? Did you make a video call? Were your parents your invigilators?

A: My math teacher was with me during the tests, supervising me. She volunteered to be my invigilator, and I went to school to take the test (there was only me and her).

M: Good. And you did it at home, Ulrika? 

U: I did it at home, my mom was supervising me. 

M: And how did it go? What are your thoughts?

A: Well, I thought the problems were quite nice, like it was fun to try to solve them, but they were also very hard. And I think it went pretty well for the first time. 

M: Do you agree Ulrika?

U: Yeah, I did not expect the exercises to be easy, they were hard. And I think it went surprisingly well, the exercises were fun.

M: I’m glad to hear that it was a good experience at least. So now that the exams are over, are you going to take a break from maths? Or are you going to keep training as normal?

A: Well, I think I’m going to take a little break, because I trained a lot right before the exams. So now I’m going to focus on other things. I’m going to read some books and I’m going to do some gymnastics.

M: Very good, something different for the mind and the body. And what about you, Ulrika?

U: Uh, I have to work right now, I’m behind with my homework so I have got to do it.

M: School doesn’t stop, huh? Even for Olympic mathematicians like you. And do you guys plan on joining any of the extra activities, now that the exams are over?

A: Yes. I participated already in the nail art activity. And I’m going to watch the Tulip Garden Video. 

M: Yeah, the Keukenhof, it’s beautiful! And you Ulrika?

U: I haven’t participated yet, I’m not sure yet what I will do, but I will. 

M: Alright, just check the app, there are so many activities there! Before we finish, do you have some message for the rest of the participants?

A: I would like to say that, it would have been very nice to meet all of them!

M: Thank you so much for joining me on this Sunday afternoon!

By Mireia