Ara's Cambridge University Tuition

Ara Mambreyan, 18 years-old, winner of 6 International Science Olympiad medals, 5 National Basketball Championship gold medals, an offer-holder to the University of Cambridge

Hearing my name announced, I walked towards the president of Armenia, for the second time in my life, to take my award. As I got back to my seat, I nostalgically recalled the long journey and the challenges I battled to be there.

In 9th grade, I changed my school to PhysMath specialized school of Yerevan, hoping to win in International Science Olympiads. I remember the sarcastic looks thrown my way for believing that I could participate in International Olympiads – let alone, win medals. “You can’t do it. You can’t combine basketball and science. Just quit!”

Each time I heard something like this, a childish voice appeared in the back of my head whispering me to follow my dreams. I remember, some days, leaving home at 7 AM – attending school, science clubs and my basketball practices – and returning home at 10 PM. Those days, when I was lucky enough to find time, I ran to my grandmother’s home to eat and, if my practice times coincided, I stayed hungry.


Four years have passed since then and I still cannot believe that the future I dreamed of has become my present reality: I represented the team of Armenia in eight International Science Olympiads of physics and astronomy. Six of those eight times I have won a medal, becoming the first person in the history of Armenia to win 4 distinct medals in a single year. (Further details can be found at the end).

I have also managed to accomplish some success in the basketball field as well, winning 5 National Basketball Championship gold medals while also being a former member of the Youth Basketball Team of Armenia.


One day, lying in my bed, I received an email from the University of Cambridge: I got admitted! Reading the letter, my eyes were filled with happy tears as I jumped like a kid for a total minute. When I told my mother what happened she thought I was joking. To be honest, to this day, I still cannot believe that I got admitted to the University where Isaac Newton studied and where Stephen Hawking teaches currently. (Verification letter by the end of the page) In Cambridge, I too plan to study Natural Science hoping to make a contribution to humanity one day.

However, before I can study at the University of Cambridge, I have faced an obstacle which, sadly, I cannot overcome on my own – the financing of my education, a figure of £42.100 annually. I have already applied to all the foundations I am eligible for: AGBU, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Benlian Trust and Luys Foundation (which covers the half of the cost of attendance.) I have to provide a financial guarantee of 4 years to the University but, unfortunately, there is still a shortfall. Being a citizen of Armenia, I also cannot take a loan from UK-based universities. Thus, I have created this crowdfunding campaign, asking people’s, your, help, hoping to get support. If you want to contact me, please do so by Facebook or by sending an email to me: [email redacted]


Please know that if I don't manage to attend Cambridge, I will refund all the donations. Either your financial support will help me reach my dreams or it will get back to you. 

Besides basketball and science, I have many other interests too. In the past several months, I have begun actively writing and sharing my life story in the popular question-and-answer website, Quora. In a short amount of time, I have accumulated almost 2 million views and 8 thousand followers. (https://www.quora.com/profile/Ara-Mambreyan-1) The many reactions and responses I have received throughout the months have been life-changing for me...


Each time I receive messages like these, my heart fills with pride and genuine gratitude. However many awards and achievements I have won, the joy I feel when I make a difference in someone else’s life is unmatched.

I wasn't born with the knowledge of what makes me happy. In fact, it took me dozens of awards and 18 years to figure it out. But I learned now that nothing fulfills me more than helping people. The purpose of my life is to make an actual contribution to humanity; I feel like I have a potential to make a real difference in people’s lives and I do not want it to be wasted on the things that do not matter. I want to change the world in my own, unique way. 

I am not asking you, dear world, to help me finish my journey at Cambridge.

I am asking you to help me begin my journey at Cambridge.  

I can’t offer you anything in return for your support. But I can promise that if you support me, I will give my everything to make the most of this opportunity such that someday, somehow, I can repay your kindness in some form.

Thank you very much. 


EDUCATION
2004 – 2012 Anania Shirakatsy Lyceum2012 – 2016 PhysMath specialized school of Yerevan 

AWARDS IN PHYSICS

2016 Silver medal in the 47th International Physics Olympiad, Zurich, Switzerland (http://www.ipho2016.org/ipho2016/delegations-and-results/)

2016 2nd Diploma in the National Physics Olympiad of Armenia (Republican round), Yerevan, Armenia (http://olymp.am/hy/node/403)

2016 3rd Diploma in the National Physics Olympiad of Armenia (City round), Yerevan, Armenia (http://olymp.am/hy/node/385)

2016 Silver medal in the 12th International Zhautykov Olympiad, Almaty, Kazakhstan (http://izho.kz/index.php/ct-menu-item-25/ct-menu-item-29)

2015 Bronze medal in the 46th International Physics Olympiad, Mumbai, India (http://www.ipho2015.in/results/)

2015 2nd Diploma in the Yerevan State University Olympiad of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia

2015 1st Diploma in the National Physics Olympiad of Armenia (Republican round), Yerevan, Armenia (http://olymp.am/hy/node/342)

2015 3rd Diploma in the National Physics Olympiad of Armenia (City round), Yerevan, Armenia (http://olymp.am/hy/node/335)

2015 Silver medal in the 11th International Zhautykov Olympiad, Almaty, Kazakhstan (http://www.olymp.am/hy/node/296)

2014 Participant diploma in the 2nd International Experimental Physics Olympiad, Moscow, Russia (http://www.olymp.am/hy/node/295)

2014 2nd Diploma in the National Physics Olympiad after M. Nalbandian, Gyumri, Armenia

2014 3rd Diploma in the National Physics Olympiad of Armenia (Republican round), Yerevan, Armenia (http://olymp.am/hy/node/263)

2014 2nd Diploma in the National Physics Olympiad of Armenia (City round), Yerevan, Armenia (http://olymp.am/hy/node/252)

2013 3rd Diploma in the National Physics Olympiad of Armenia after G. Baghdasarian (http://www.olymp.am/hy/node/238)

2013 2nd Diploma in the National Physics Olympiad of Armenia after M. Nalbandian, Gyumri, Armenia

2013 3rd Diploma in the National Physics Olympiad of Armenia (Republican round), Yerevan, Armenia (http://olymp.am/hy/node/213)

2013 3rd Diploma in the National Physics Olympiad of Armenia (City round), Yerevan, Armenia (http://olymp.am/hy/node/194)

2012 Participant diploma (youngest participant) in the National Physics Olympiad of Armenia (City round), Yerevan, Armenia (http://olymp.am/hy/node/111)




AWARDS IN ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS

2016 1st Diploma in the National Astronomy Olympiad of Armenia (Republican round), Yerevan, Armenia (http://olymp.am/hy/node/420)

2016 1st Diploma in the National Astronomy Olympiad of Armenia (City round), Yerevan, Armenia (http://olymp.am/hy/node/393)

2015 Bronze medal in the 20th International Astronomy Olympiad, Kazan, Russia (http://www.issp.ac.ru/iao/2015/ia15pw.html)

2015 Bronze medal in the 9th International Olympiad of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Magelang, Indonesia (http://olymp.am/hy/node/372)

2015 3rd Diploma in the National Astronomy Olympiad of Armenia (Republican round), Yerevan, Armenia (http://olymp.am/hy/node/357)

2015 2nd Diploma in the National Astronomy Olympiad of Armenia (City round), Yerevan, Armenia (http://olymp.am/hy/node/336)

2014 2nd Diploma in the National Astronomy Olympiad of Armenia (Republican round), Yerevan, Armenia (http://olymp.am/hy/node/272)

2014 2nd Diploma in the National Astronomy Olympiad of Armenia (City round), Yerevan, Armenia (http://olymp.am/hy/node/261)

2013 Participant diploma in the 18th International Astronomy Olympiad, Vilnius, Lithuania

2013 Honorable Mention in the National Astronomy Olympiad of Armenia (Republican round), Yerevan, Armenia (http://olymp.am/hy/node/227)

2013 3rd Diploma in the National Astronomy Olympiad of Armenia (City round), Yerevan, Armenia (http://olymp.am/hy/node/204)

BASKETBALL

2015 Gold medal in the National Basketball Championship of adolescents born in 1[phone redacted] (Republican round), Yerevan, Armenia

2015 Gold medal in the National Basketball Championship of adolescents born in 1[phone redacted] (City round), Yerevan, Armenia

2014 Gold medal in the National Basketball Championship of adolescents born in 1[phone redacted] (Republican round), Yerevan, Armenia

2014 Silver medal in the National Basketball Championship of adolescents born in 1[phone redacted] (City round), Yerevan, Armenia

2014 Winner of the Free Throw Contest of Polytechnic Basketball Club, Yerevan, Armenia

2014 Gold medal in the National Basketball Championship of adolescents born in 1[phone redacted] (Republican round), Yerevan, Armenia

2014 Gold medal in the National Basketball Championship of adolescents born in 1[phone redacted] (City round), Yerevan, Armenia

2014 Shooting Guard at the Youth Basketball Team of Armenia for the International Basketball Tournament after V. Zastuchov, Yerevan, Armenia

2013 Gold medal in the National Basketball Championship of adolescents born in 1[phone redacted] (Republican round), Yerevan, Armenia

2013 Gold medal in the National Basketball Championship of adolescents born in 1[phone redacted] (City round), Yerevan, Armenia

2013 Gold medal in the National Basketball Championship of adolescents born in 1[phone redacted] (Republican round), Yerevan, Armenia

2013 Silver medal in the National Basketball Championship of adolescents born in 1[phone redacted] (City round), Yerevan, Armenia

2012 Participant diploma at the Olympic Day Run, Yerevan, Armenia

2012 Gold medal in the National Basketball Championship of adolescents born in 1[phone redacted] (Republican round), Yerevan, Armenia

2012 Gold medal in the National Basketball Championship of adolescents born in 1[phone redacted] (City round), Yerevan, Armenia
 
WRITING

02/2017 – present Active Contributor to Quora having 1.8 million answer views and 7.8 thousand followers (https://www.quora.com/profile/Ara-Mambreyan-1)

19/03/2017 Article written about self-belief: 128 thousand views, 10.1 thousand favorites, 177 shares (https://www.quora.com/What-do-you-do-when-no-one-believes-in-you/answer/Ara-Mambreyan-1)

01/05/2017 Article written about accomplishments: 184 thousand views, 11.4 thousand favorites, 97 shares (https://www.quora.com/What-have-you-accomplished-as-a-teen/answer/Ara-Mambreyan-1)

18/04/2017 Article written about self-discipline: 93 thousand views, 5.8 thousand favorites, 117 shares (https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-secret-to-self-discipline/answer/Ara-Mambreyan-1)

13/04/2017 Article written about idleness: 35 thousand views, 2.9 thousand favorites, 23 shares (https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-worst-quality-a-person-can-possess/answer/Ara-Mambreyan-1)

08/05/2017 Article written about the Armenian language: 3.9 thousand views, 115 favorites (https://www.quora.com/What-unpopular-language-do-you-speak/answer/Ara-Mambreyan-1)

18/04/2017 Article written about the meaning of life: 16 thousand views, 1049 favorites, 31 shares (https://www.quora.com/What-is-one-accomplishment-you-are-most-proud-of/answer/Ara-Mambreyan-1)

11/07/2017 Article written about the mindset of high achievers: 38 thousand views, 1282 favorites, 53 shares (https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-mindset-of-high-achievers/answer/Ara-Mambreyan-1)

22/07/2017 Article written about achieving more: 47 thousand views, 4.7 thousand favorites (https://www.quora.com/How-can-I-stop-being-average/answer/Ara-Mambreyan-1)

05/2017 Most Viewed Writer in International Science Olympiads, Most Viewed Armenian Writer

OTHER AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS

2016 Invited to the Residential Seat of the President of Armenia and rewarded, Yerevan, Armenia

2015 Winner of the merit-based scholarship after A. Davtyan, Yerevan, Armenia

2015 3rd Diploma in the National Geography Olympiad of Armenia (School round), Yerevan, Armenia

2015 Invited to the Residential Seat of the President of Armenia and rewarded, Yerevan, Armenia

2014 Event Organizer Award at the International Youth Union, Yerevan, Armenia

2012 Honorable mention (scholar activities) of the PhysMath specialized school of Yerevan, Yerevan, Armenia

2011 “What? Where? When?” intellectual quiz award receiver at the Anania Shirakatsy Lyceum, Yerevan, Armenia

2010 Honorable mention at the International Mathematical Kangaroo, Yerevan, Armenia

2009 Participant diploma at the International Mathematical Kangaroo, Yerevan, Armenia

2008 Honorable mention at the International Mathematical Kangaroo, Yerevan, Armenia

2007 3rd Diploma at the Reading Competition of Anania Shirakatsy Lyceum, Yerevan, Armenia

2005 3rd Diploma at the Chess Competition of Anania Shirakatsy Lyceum, Yerevan, Armenia

 
RESEARCH AND OTHER TRAINING

2016 – present Research at the Institute of Radiophysics and Electronics (Solar cells with different types of substrates)

2016 Participated at the “Nobel Days” scientific event (scientific dialogues with distinguished scientists, Nobel laureates in Chemistry, Aaron Ciechanover, Ada Yonath, Dan Shechtman, Eiichi Negishi and in Physiology and Medicine, John Warren), Yerevan, Armenia (http://www.nobeldays.am/)

2016 Research article written: “Negative Mass as a possible solution to the Dark Matter problem”, Yerevan, Armenia

2014 – 2016 Attended National Physics Olympiad-preparation club, Yerevan, Armenia

2012 – 2016 Attended National Astronomy Olympiad-preparation club, Yerevan and Byurakan, Armenia

2012 – 2016 Attended PhysMath school of Yerevan’s Physics Olympiad-preparation club, Yerevan, Armenia

2014 – present Attending local university seminars, Yerevan, Armenia

2010 Participated in the Young Round Square Regional Conference 2010, Hisar, India (https://www.roundsquare.org/)

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

2014 – present Member of the Mergelyan Club at the Yerevan Physics Institute, Yerevan, Armenia

2011 – present Shooting Guard at the Polytechnic Basketball Club, Yerevan, Armenia

2014 Shooting Guard at the Youth Basketball Team of Armenia for International Basketball Tournament after V. Zastuchov, Yerevan, Armenia

2014 Took training from basketball NBA Hall of Famer Sarunas Marciulionis at the Grand Sport Complex, Yerevan, Armenia (http://www.mediamax.am/en/news/society/10454)

2013 – 2015 Bodybuilding and fitness at the Polytechnic Gym Club, Yerevan, Armenia

2012 Participant of the Olympic Day Run held by NOC, Yerevan, Armenia

2010 – 2012 Took classes in Graphic Design, Web Design, Corel Draw, Adobe Photoshop

2008 – 2010 Wing-back at the Football Youth Academy, Yerevan, Armenia

2005 – 2007 Took Karate classes, Yerevan, Armenia

2005 – 2006 Piano classes at the Musical School after S. Aslamazyan, Yerevan, Armenia

 

COMMUNITY/VOLUNTEER WORK

2016 – present Volunteering at the National Olympiad Committee of Armenia as an Olympiad examiner, Yerevan and Byurakan, Armenia

2016 – present Participation as a tutor in Olympiad-preparation clubs of Astronomy, Astrophysics and Physics, Yerevan, Armenia

4/2016 Volunteered at the “Nobel Days” scientific event (hosting 5 Nobel laureates), Yerevan, Armenia

2015 Served as a guide during the 49th International Mendeleev Olympiad of Chemistry, Yerevan, Armenia

2015 Volunteered at the Education and Learning event organized by International Youth Union, Gyumri, Armenia

2014 – 2016 Event manager at the International Youth Union

2012 – 2014 Participated in school-organized events at nursing homes, hospitals and orphanages, Gyumri and Yerevan, Armenia

LANGUAGES

Armenian: fluent

English: fluent

Russian: spoken and written

 

SKILLS IN ASTRONOMY AND PHYSICS

Creating plots, charts and diagrams

Work with oscilloscopes

Solving differential equations

UV, visible, IR spectroscopy

Methods of distance determination

Use of semi-conductors and solar cells

Basic image reduction, astrometry and photometry

Reducing, handling, and manipulating spectra

Focusing telescopes, other observational techniques

Use of list of Messier objects, constellations

Statistical skills: probability and probability distributions, application of mean, median, percentage, variance, standard deviation, standard error

Equipment design

Electronics design and repair

Use of microwaves

Automatic data acquisition

Use of liquefied gases
 

COMPUTER SKILLS

Programming (basics of C++, Java, Pascal, HTML)

MS Office, Adobe Photoshop, Corel DRAW

VERIFICATION LETTER:

Cambridge is a collegiate university: to quote the official web page of the University of Cambridge, "at Cambridge, as well as being a member of the University, you're also a member of a College." (https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/colleges)

I applied to possibly the most difficult college of the University of Cambridge, the Trinity College where Newton got his education (https://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/).
 

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