EuroSPARC was remarkable for its freedom of discussion and the generous, open attitude of the instructors and participants. Everyone came from different parts of the world and made time for sharing their own knowledge and ideas. Thinking and exploring was at the centre of the program, and free time often turned into unofficial debates on topics such as the merits of art, paradoxes, artificial intelligence.
ESPR showed that challenging and engaging conversations can happen in social contexts where they become fun instead of a chore. Even the most technical of topics seemed easier to grasp when presented along with a joke or exaggerated gesture, and I was not too surprised when a board game was derailed into a discussion about the various interpretations of quantum physics.In this light the border between serious and non-serious interactions fizzled. It felt right. It felt like what I’d been searching for during the last several years.
One of my favorite aspects of ESPR 2016 was the variety of the program. Not only did I learn a lot of really interesting technical material, but I also learned how to apply my quantitative skills in daily situations. This was completely different to anything else I had done before, and I think it definitely helped me to become more open minded.
ESPR is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Aside from insightful conversations with campmates and instructors, the curriculum itself was solid and instructive. In quantitative classes, I gained a functional overview of fields such as cryptography and economics. In others classes, I learned techniques that ultimately made me be more introspective and think more about optimizing my thinking and actions.I would encourage anyone - both quantitative and non-quantitative - to join this opportunity to meet, learn from, and interact with a diverse, exceptional peer group.
I had one of the best times of my life at ESPR 2016. It’s one of the most open environments, where everyone is both willing to take things to the next level, but also really help you figure out how you can improve.The entire camp is centered around making you and everyone around you better. I’ve made friends who are still very dear, halfway across the world from me. It’s been great making lasting connections
ESPR 2016 helped me learn more and control my mind better than I have been able to all my life, something I’d never expected at a math camp. Definitely one of the best experiences of my life