Upon landing in Poland I was quickly whisked away to an immense hotel in Downtown Warsaw. I knew the second I entered the lobby of the hotel that this competition was a big deal. Students of all nationalities were mingling, flip cams in hand, excited about the journey they were about to embark on. Each elevator ride had it’s own story; a young Chinese student whose travel had literally taken her around the globe or a Nigerian whose smile had you convinced he had already won. In fact, all those who had made it it this far, were winners. The 325,000 starting field had been reduced to only 400, with 69 countries represented at the World Finals.