Pursuing a degree in computer science has been one of my biggest goals for almost all my life. Since the day I learned about computers’ potential, I have known what I wanted to do. Since Carnegie Mellon University offers top computer science education, the choice of the college was obvious.
However, what I have learned from my prior experiences at home and school is that textbook knowledge is not enough. Constant learning developing professional and personal skills, and making a difference for the people are, on the other hand, my definition of success. Therefore, I believe that CMU is the perfect place for me.
Being a passionate mathematician, having scored in the 99th percentile of the country on PSAT/NMSQT, I am excited about the research opportunities that Carnegie Mellon opens for students. Finding practical application of received knowledge through collaboration with student peers, faculty, and external organizations will be very useful and help me to continue developing my teamwork and collaboration skills. Moreover, I have already decided to enroll in either the Gelfand Outreach program or the Emerging Leaders program (or maybe both) to use my expertise to help the community.
Finally, CMU will allow me to continue pursuing another passion of mine. My 7-year experience of being a part of the orchestra has taught me how to make friends, be a part of the team, and determination to reach goals. Therefore, I hope that my oboe and saxophone skills and experience of performing at different venues, among which is Carnegie Hall, would be useful for the world-renowned marching band.
Being a part of something great inspires people to strive for greatness: this applies not only to the orchestra but the whole Carnegie Mellon University experience. Its unique combination of education quality, dedication to creating an environment for students’ flourishing, and endless opportunities are the reasons. And I want to be an essential part of it, who would not only receive but also give back.