My experience with the Canadian Geographic Challenge

  1. Connect/Network: I reached out to just about everybody I knew in regards to Geography. I contacted my teachers, classmates in higher grades at my school, reached out at LinkedIn and met people competing in this event while I was at the Canada Wide Science Fair(if you want to check out my project check below.) Something that TKS taught me that was of high importance was networking with like-minded individuals. Contacting, asking constant questions, and just in general picking the brains of people who’ve been here before really aided me. I understood the whole process and got many useful tips, like buying an Atlas, practicing questions constantly, memorizing landforms, and many other important things that helped me throughout the contest. Without networking, I would have definitely fallen short in this contest.
  2. Have a growth mindset: When I first started practicing for this test, I was not good. I constantly failed to get questions correct, I couldn’t memorize 2 things, my answers were short and brief, and I constantly found myself spending hours just trying to understand 1 or 2 pages of a geography textbook. I felt hopeless and honestly, though there was no point or tried to convince myself that “I could do it next year”, or “it won’t actually be this hard.” Deep down, however, I knew that I was going to get absolutely obliterated if I didn’t practice. This is where having the growth mindset came into play. Knowing that I could get better and improve, training my brain to understand that not I don’t know everything about geography, that failing on these practice tests was ok because I kept learning from them was something that was not easy, but helpful. This was definitely hard to do, but once again, without that growth mindset, another valuable asset from TKS, I would’ve been doomed.
  3. Get stuff done: Procrastination is probably your greatest enemy when it comes to taking on large goals. The feeling of “I’ll get it done tomorrow,” or “this is easy, I’ll do it later,” is the hardest thing to bypass when it comes to accomplishing huge tasks. Knowing that I have to start studying, making myself understand that 60 days ISN’T a long time when it comes to LEARNING EVERYTHING ABOUT HOW THE WORLD WORKS!!! These were all things that I had to do and push myself to get there. Having to miss out on things that I really enjoyed, like my favourite tv shows(check out The Bad Batch!), was very difficult. Unfortunately, completing tasks requires sacrifice and sometimes, the things you really like have to be sacrificed in order to do the things you really need to do.
I took place in this challenge. Watch it and see if you can get some of the questions right!




Hi! I'm Angad, a Grade 9 student from the University of Toronto Schools who loves learning anything and everything!

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