Hello! My name is Venkatraman Varatharajan. I am currently a Junior at the Massachusetts Academy for Math and Science (MAMS). Explore this website to learn more about me!
I was born in Tirnuenlveli, India. I have moved a few times, most recently this summer from North Andover to Northborough, both of which are in Massachusetts. Currently, I live with my parents and my younger sister. We sometimes go to the White Mountains in New Hampshire during fall. In my spare time, I enjoy reading and playing tabletop games. As you might be able to guess from the picture above, my favorite fruit is the apple.
My grandfather taught me how to play chess, and I have been playing in tournaments since I was 8 years old. I participated in some online tournaments at the Boylston Chess Club through Zoom during the pandemic, since in-person tournaments were shut down. There were many regulations to follow to prevent any cheating, and playing in-person is a far better experience. I was very glad to get back into playing chess in-person and seeing some old friends again this summer. Playing chess is a fun way for me to take a break from work. It has taught me about the importance of resilience and consistency. One wrong move in a critical position can make your game fall apart. Fortunately, real life is often a bit more forgiving than that. Playing chess has been an invaluable experience for me. Click here to see how the game above from my first tournament at the Boyslton Chess Club ended!
Math has always been my favorite subject. I did math competitions throughout Elementary and Middle School, such as the AMC and the Math Kangaroo. However, joining the math team at North Andover High School was a very different experience. It was great way to connect with other people and showed me the collaborative side of math. Above is the picture of our last competition of the 2022 school year at Canton High School. Unknown to me, this was my last math team comeptition at North Andover High School. I am looking forward to participating in future competitions with the MAMS math team this year!
At North Andover High School, I was part of the STEM Newsletter. Issues contained information about the competitions of various clubs, potential scholarships, and opportunities related to STEM. Our goal was to make it easier for students to have access to STEM opportunities if they are interested. I was the writer for the Math Team and also occasionally wrote about computer science opportunites. I was unaware of many opportunities that I was missing until I joined the newsletter, so I hope others will have an easier time because of it.