**Some students have a background, identity,interest or talent...**This is my essay for the common app prompt 1, I'm writing about my interest,talent in mathematics,any suggestion is very welcome!

I haven't been always the boy passionate about math that I am now. In fact, I think there was a point when I hated it. Perhaps it was because that systematic and creativity-oppressive way I learned it in elementary school.

Since I can remember, I've always been a curious guy, enthusiastic about logic and puzzles. The toy of my childhood was a Rubik's cube rather than a Hot Wheels car, I preferred to solve the Sudoku in the newspaper instead of reading the children's section. But when I went to school, all of it was gone and I was bored in the math class. The worst part of all was that I felt the same way in all of the other subjects in school, but I knew that math could be something distinct. All the subjects were the same to me in school but not at home. I could fall asleep in one minute reading a History or Geography book, but spend the whole night trying to solve every riddle in the magazine I bought every weekend. It wasn't until my first year in Middle School that I realized the true meaning of math, a subject that challenges your creativity and imagination to solve problems.

That was Six years ago, my school was invited to a math contest and I decided to participate. Prior to take they test, a course was offered in order to get the contestants acquainted with the kind of problems. It was like entering into a whole new world, the Antonio leaving that classroom after that course would never be the same. The teacher told us one problem: "Try to get the sum of 1+2+3+...1000, but, in less than one minute". I laughed because I thought it was impossible, but when he told us the solution I was astonished. Gauss is a famous mathematician who solved it long time ago. The brilliance and simplicity he did it is just amazing. After that day, I found my devotion with mathematics and started getting involved in more and more math competitions.

Now I am fascinated about learning mathematics. Read the proof of the Pythagorean or Thales Theorem, is simply so satisfying see how they solved these problems in such a creative way. And that is the purpose of math: turn a very difficult problem into an easy one with a simple and understandable solution. I have learned too many theorems, formulas and equations during the time I have participated in math Olympiads, that it has functioned in me as a drug, the more I learn about math the less I realize I know and it pushes me to keep learning. From Calculus, I have learned that math has too many applications in the real world, like how to optimize the amount of material used for contain a specific volume.

Besides the applications of math, I like to solve problems that I know won't serve to the world, I do it just for the pleasure of being able to solve it and the excitement that provokes me. Mathematics means now for me a new form to see the world, I know that the solving problem ability that pushes my imagination to its limits will help me to solve any kind of problem in my life.