Computer Science Personal Statement
Logical problem solving has always appealed to me and this explains my interests in mathematics, programming and computing in general. The decision to read computer science was therefore a simple one.
My desire for solving challenging problems led to my choices of studying mathematics and physics at AS-level. These have been my favourite subjects for the past year and I hope that what I continue to learn will help me to succeed at university. In year eleven I was awarded the school’s prizes for ICT and English Language & Literature. I have carried both of these subjects on to A-level and finished ICT a year early. I feel that these subjects have helped to improve my general academic skills.
In year ten, I undertook work experience with [****] who provide technical support for the IT systems of [****]. This experience of the IT industry proved useful in reaffirming my decision to study computer science at a higher level.
I was elected ICT Director of the school’s Young Enterprise company, a role which I thoroughly enjoyed and which has drastically improved both my communication and business skills. The website and email communication system that I designed helped us to make a profit of £600 and reach the regional finals.
Teaching myself HTML and PHP has enabled me to create several websites. For example, in 2002, I designed, programmed and sold the browser-based multiplayer role-playing game [****]. I have also designed a relational database for a boarding cattery that stores information about customers, their cats and any bookings that they make. I have built my own computer and run a web hosting hobby business for three years. This practical experience has given me some technical abilities which will undoubtedly be helpful at university.
My part time job at a local petrol station has provided valuable experience of the workplace and taught me how to work effectively as a member of a team. It has also made me organise my studies and private time more efficiently.
Music is important to me and I frequently organise trips (including tickets, travel and accommodation) for parties of up to ten to gigs and festivals both in the UK and abroad. For example, I have organised a journey for eight people to 2005’s Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany. My interest in music has also prompted me to start learning the bass guitar.
I enjoy reading about scientific and technological developments on the Internet and in newspapers and magazines – I find the New Scientist magazine particularly interesting and I have learnt a lot through my subscription to it.
At university, I hope to deepen and expand my knowledge of computing into areas which I have no formal experience of studying. For example, I am eager to learn about artificial intelligence and the mathematical foundations of computing. A computer science degree will provide me with a broad range of exciting career opportunities and I am particularly interested in using the skills gained at university in either research or industry.