Computer Science Personal Statement 12
From an early age I’ve always been deeply interested in computing. It was my dad, introducing me to the computer systems at his work place that first sparked this interest. I can always remember the feeling of wanting to know just how computers worked, why they worked and what else they could do.
This interest never left me, only growing more profound and passionate with every new discovery I made. From communicating with an artificial intelligence to seeing the wonders of the Internet for the first time, computers have left me fascinated with just how much power yet mystery they hold.
The A-Levels I chose to study have all helped me to develop both myself and my understanding of the subject. Physics for example has helped me to understand how certain parts of a computer function, while Computing has given me a greater insight into the business aspects of the computer industry. Chemistry and Physics have both helped to improve my analytical and evaluative skills. Within maths I have been lucky enough to have a teacher who was very interested in computer science. He has been especially helpful, lending me books such as Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid. This has given me an insight into the richness that is computer science.
My interest in computing has not been restricted to the classroom and college life. Within the last twelve months I’ve used the knowledge that I’ve gained over the past twelve years together with the help of my family to set up my own computer related business. This has given me a totally new perspective on how certain things function, and how business operates. The writing of a business plan was a totally alien experience for me, but over the course of 9 months I researched and planned, and finally when the plan was complete I was rewarded with the satisfaction of knowing that I had completed something that most people would never have the chance to do especially at my age. Through the setting up of the company and its subsequent running I have learnt many things. These include how to balance tasks effectively, how critical teamwork can be and how to delegate tasks to get the job done quickly and efficiently.
As well as spending time both studying and helping to run the business I understand the importance of having time to relax. One of my hobbies that I try to make time for is learning to fly, and gaining my private pilots license. As a child I dreamed of becoming a pilot and luckily its one dream that I’ve managed to follow. I love the freedom that flying gives you and the control that you have when in the air. Training for my private pilots license (PPL) has also involved me taking onboard a lot of responsibility for the safety of those onboard, and those around the aircraft. From ensuring that I carry out the pre-flight checks correctly, and knowing what’s around you both while you’re on the ground and in the air to ensuring that I’m prepared for any eventuality. I also enjoy both playing and watching tennis. I’ve played in various competitions before, and have helped to umpire junior matches at my club. To ensure that I can fit everything in I’ve had to develop very good time management, prioritising what I need to do efficiently.
I’m looking forward with great anticipation to the challenges that studying for a degree in computer science will bring.
Universities Applied to:
- University of Cambridge (Computer Science with Mathematics) - No Offer
- The University of Edinburgh - Offer
- The University of York - Offer
Article by TSR User on Thursday 15 February 2018
Computer Science and Mathematics Personal Statement 1
Computers have always fascinated me, even from a young age. Back in my last year of primary school, I bought a book on websites - specifically how to write HTML. From then onwards, my interest in the technical side of computers grew. The next thing I learned about was programming in C++. I used my self-taught knowledge of the programming language to create DOS programs to help me with all sorts of basic mathematical problems. For example, one of the first programs I created was to quickly work out the Surface Area and Volume of Shapes.
Mathematics is another subject I have been interested in for quite some time, although I feel it is only now that my real potential with the subject is showing and consequently, I have decided to study Further Maths as an extra AS Level in my Upper 6th year, having achieved an A grade at AS. Maths and Computer Science complement each other very well and I would relish the opportunity to further my studies of the subject to a greater depth.
Throughout my AS Level courses, I have developed numerous skills and vastly broadened my knowledge of the subjects that really interest me. Within my Mathematics course I have learned new and interesting topics such as Calculus and Decision Mathematics, the latter which I found very appealing due to its link with computing and ergo, has encouraged me to continue to study Mathematics at university and at the same time support and nurture my understanding and development within the field of Computer Science. The coursework tasks on the AS Level Computing course proved to be thoroughly enjoyable and informative, such as creating a computer game in Visual Basic; and they also allowed me to delve deeper into the theoretical algorithmic side of computing. Furthermore, I recently attained an A grade in AS Computing. My Geography A-Level course has provided me with a better understanding of the environment and the economic workings of the world itself, while fieldwork tasks have helped boost my team-working, data analysis and presentation skills. I was required to work together with others to collect data and then represent this using various techniques, e.g. proportional bars and circles and; statistical methods such as Spearman's Rank to create a 50 page report on my findings.
A great deal of my spare time is devoted to the sport of sailing, in which I regularly represent Pilkington Sailing Club at local and national level; competing for the club in the Southport 12 Hour- and the West Lancashire 24 Hour Race each year. I also practise the martial art of Ju-Jitsu twice a week and have passed Kobudo weapons courses with the Bokken and the Bo Staff. From September 2007 to May 2008, I was the Finance Director of a Young Enterprise company, 'Sprise'. Through this experience my team-working skills and sales techniques have both developed extensively. My public speaking skills have also improved vastly through twice delivering a five minute presentation to over 150 representatives from a variety of Young Enterprise companies across Merseyside. My team won four awards including those for the best and most innovative company. I am currently working towards my Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award, which requires precise planning and teamwork and in college, I have also been elected to serve as Complaints Co-ordinator on the student council for 2008-2009, which places me as one of the first points-of-call for the 1,600-strong community.
I am dedicated to my future study of Computer Science and Mathematics and I firmly believe that innovative ideas lie with the next generation of computer scientists who will strive to push forward new ideas and different technologies. I want to be part of this new generation.
Article by TSR User on Thursday 15 February 2018