Computer Science Personal Statement
In pursuing computer science I have been fascinated by technologies in general and computers in particular from the beginning. I possess a great thirst for knowledge and learning new disciplines and inspired by the subjects complexity and beauty.
The intricacy of computing and its application in the world amazes me, such as the breaking of the enigma code for the victory of World War II, aiding the human genome project for scientific advances, algorithmic trading for increasing the efficiency of financial markets to sparking the digital revolution from the internet to wireless technologies.
I also enjoy mathematics as it provides me with problem solving skills primarily calculus, trigonometry and its identities which for me is the pinnacle in mathematics.
In my opinion every query has an explicit solution; we just need to construct ways of attaining them. Currently in college I have been introduced to programming and on other occasions I have programmed during my spare time.
I program in Pascal and Visual Basic at college and tried games programming, my knowledge has developed by reading "V.B 2005 in 24 hours" by James Foxall, I found this very enjoyable yet challenging, introducing programming concepts.
I have produced applications including a petrol pump simulation, a picture viewer amongst others. Additionally I have visited Land Rover in which I programmed robots to perform tasks such as movement of robots this increased my desire to study computing.
I am deeply inspired by renowned figures in the industry such as Alan Turing, and his works such as the "Treatise of The Enigma" and the stored program concept with its historical birth. And John Atanasoff who created the first digital computer which has sparked my interest in a career within computing.
I cherish Edsger Dijkstra comment that, "Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes."
I appreciate that the computer science degree course will allow me to explore further in the subject, principally areas such as artificial intelligence, quantum computing, real-time systems the theories of computation including the complexity theory amongst others.
I am highly interested by the theory of concurrency and quantum, advances in artificial intelligence and the open problems in computer science which I would like to pursue after graduation. I feel sincerely that my appetite for computer science has not yet been fulfilled and this course will meet my desires.
I read regularly a broad spectrum of publications for example programming books on V.B and notably the PC Weekly. This has increased my passion for computer science and noticeably has increased my knowledge of the subject.
In my interest for the course I have came to know that the course of computer science is interesting and there is a huge variety of optional modules to select such as parallel algorithms and neural computing. This will successfully allow me to specialise in a certain area.
The computing course also integrates notions from maths, engineering and psychology which I find highly interesting.
In studying computing I have realised computing is not just about a mouse, but each time I switch on a computer I visualise a computer in a different perspective i.e. the operating system, the various buses and the stored program concept add to the reality behind the complexities of the computer far beyond the graphical user interface to the concepts of computing.
Distant from my studies I enjoy playing tennis, reading the observer on Sundays and enjoy Stephen Hawking's 'A Brief History of Time' from the curiosities of the black hole to the uncertainty principle.
I like playing chess and participating in adventurous activities like hiking as I have been to the Scottish Highlands on numerous occasions in which I can get away from the bustle of the city to enjoy the beauty, serenity and tranquillity of the world. However in synopsis my academic pursuits are prioritised.
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Computing and IT