Computer Science / Economics Personal Statement
My major passions, which appeal to me, are Computer Science, Economics, Finance and Mathematics, and in my opinion there is a creative combination among these varied disciplines. I have engaged wholeheartedly in these areas both inside and outside of school, and I desire to actively partake in them at university through my chosen courses and extra activities. Studying these subjects in O and A-Levels has made me yearn to expand my knowledge of these fields. My advanced mathematical skills have helped me excel in my chosen subjects by serving as a crucial base. I apply my mathematical knowledge and curiosity in solving various problems in my other subjects with amazing ease. Economics fascinates me greatly. I come from a country where there is great disparity between the rich and poor. I want to explore the reasons behind nations' power, prosperity and poverty. Knowledge of Economics has also helped me in learning and eventually practicing Forex Trading. I diligently follow world current affairs by reading various newspapers, magazines and websites like The New York Times, MIT Technology Review and Businessinsider.comto name a few. I also won first place medals in economics and accounting throughout my O-Levels. Computing appeals to me greatly for we are living in the digital age and I want to innovate. I firmly believe that innovation leads to an improvement in the general standard of living. I first became interested in computing when I read Walter Isaacson's book on Steve Jobs. This book opened my eyes about the endless possibilities made available through various innovative techniques. Computers always mesmerized me and I want to learn how they work. Most users simply view and use computers at the front, but I am not content for I want to understand the theories and methods used behind them. I want to develop innovative computer programs that will make a difference in our everyday lives. I hope to fulfill this dream of mine from the knowledge I gain at university. Winning first place medals in computing every year in O-levels is a testament to my immense infatuation with Computer Science. In today's world software programming compliments everything. For example, while practicing Forex trading my father and I learnt of the dire need to be able to program. Other Traders were skilled in programming and therefore capable of developing unique indicators that were able to implement their trading strategies efficiently. Moreover, in A1 I undertook a work experience at SeedOut, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping economically disadvantaged people in starting their own businesses through crowd funding. This made me realize how I can make a difference in a person's life. Due to my experiences I thought; why not work in a field that has the potential to change lives and truly make a difference? I am passionate about these fields and I believe that they will keep on growing with time. I want to be an entrepreneur. My goal is to create my own business for I firmly believe that creating a job is better than finding one. By studying these fields I will become more knowledgeable of the world around me. Although A-Levels takes up a great deal of time, I still manage to pursue various activities. I am a die-hard football fan and apart from playing it, I consistently follow my favorite club. I love swimming and I've also taken up squash recently. However, my most valuable and productive activity, which sets me apart, is leisure reading. I like to read a vast array of books, notably on World History, Computer Science and Economics among others. I also enjoy reading biographies of great personalities. I want to discover myself and explore new horizons. I'm not afraid to encounter new opportunities, make new friends and rise to the challenges at university. By studying at university I will gain pivotal skills and knowledge that will help me in my endeavors.
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