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I'm 18 years old and am attending the last year of highschool and and was accepted to attend a mathmatical university in our capital next year. I have really loved math basically my whole life but I'm starting to get doubts where I am really good enough for it. I have posted about something similiar to this and some of you guys suggested that I should try doing some proofy math to see if I would still like it. And so I did just that and I asked my profesor if he could help me with his. He said that he would and he gave me his old college books and he basically started teaching me some more "college " level math ( we would stay like every friday after school and he would study for like 90 min after that).

This went great I still really liked "proofy" math but unfortunately we had to move to another city due to my parents getting a new job there. My parents enrolled me into this kinda elite highschool in that area and even there I quickly became one of the best guys at math ( since I already knew most of the stuff they were studying because I had studied "proofy" math before). The profesors at this new school saw this and suggested that I apply for the mathmatical competition( I have never been a part of any mathmatical competition before). It sounded like fun and I though why not. So the day of the competition came and I scored really badly. I only made it to like top 100 in the country. This really suprised me as I though I would rank a little higher. And know when I see the solutions to the problems I feel kinda stupid, because once I see the answer I always think to myself that I should have know or saw that the answer is obvious.

My question now is : Can one be successful in college even if he or she was was not really good in competetive math.

TLDR: Do bad scores in competetive math mean that you will do bad in college and later in your carrer ?

thanks for any answers