How did you hear about the ModelOff competition? What made you want to get involved?
Heard about it from a friend two years ago. I am a very competitive person, so I was immediately interested. After screwing up my first two tries, I am finally now in the finals!
Tell us a bit about your experiences in Round 1 and 2. Did you think you would make it to the World Finals?
I was a bit lucky in the first round. In my last IB job, my firm mostly worked on real estate and energy projects (including biomass from wood chips), both of which were used for the cases in Round 1. I think my sheer familiarity with the terms used in the problems made me more confident in answering the questions.
Round 2 was the complete opposite. Having to wake up at 4AM and creating models at 5AM were not easy. I slept at 4AM the previous day, so my body clock was screwed up that day. I honestly thought I wouldn’t qualify for the finals.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received at work?
It came in the form of a joke: Jesus and Satan had a modelling competition. Shortly before the end of the contest, power went out, causing their computers to crash. Satan lost all his work, while Jesus was able to submit his model after the electricity came back on. Why? Because Jesus always saves.
Tell us a bit about your life away from work.
When I am not spending time with my friends and family, I usually wander around the university or in a park near my house, either running, playing Pokémon Go, or both. I enjoy the game so much I created an Excel model to compute how many Pokémon I can evolve to maximize my points.
Favorite Excel Shortcut(s):
Alt + E + S + V for paste values. Hoping they don’t remove this 2003 shortcut in future Excel versions.
What do you hope comes out of being a ModelOff Finalist?
Offers from modelling agencies. My headshot can be found on the ModelOff website. Oh, is this not that kind of modelling?