We are currently amidst a technological revolution that will drastically change our lives and potentially redefine what it means to be alive on Earth. I am extremely excited at the prospect of devoting my long-term career to such a dynamic, fast advancing field. Since my own lifetime has coincided with the rise of the modern computer, I can sense that there is still a lot of development yet to happen in the computer industry. It was natural for me to choose Computer Science as my major, and now, as I come to the end of my high school, it is my central goal to continue my education in a more competitive, elite, and international environment.
There is only one logical destination for my undergraduate studies- the USA, a country which stands at the centre of the computing universe. The US has been the chief driver of innovation in computing, and the most innovative and successful companies in this field are based there. Studying overseas in the US will thus give me not only a greater range of professional skills but also a much broader, more international perspective. I am convinced that I am well prepared for the challenges of studying in your undergraduate program because of my extensive academic and practical background.
I am Ritchie Joseph, a high school student from Mumbai, India. Being the youngest in my family, I have never been taken seriously, and hence posses a strong urge to prove myself and I am desperately searching for an opportunity to do the same.
I have spent my entire childhood in the military cultivated environment and have a deep passion, to serve the society. This has been imbibed in me by observing my dad’s commitment towards his duty, who is now a retired officer of the Indian army. So the virtues of service before self, perseverance, dedication, sacrifice, all run in my family and I am a living embodiment of the same. This, in turn, has made me more hardworking and focused towards my goals. I also have an inborn drive to serve society in whichever field I choose to work.
In my high school, I have been an active student who likes to lend a hand whenever I can. I take initiative in many community based programs. For example, I am actively involved in” Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” – an initiative taken by our prime minister to help make India a cleaner and greener place. This is a form of social service in which the youth of the neighbourhood gather during weekends and actively participate in cleaning their neighbourhood and spreading awareness about cleanliness and hygiene. At times we make power point presentations, to educate the downtrodden kids on personal hygiene and the importance of clean surroundings to lead a healthier life. I participate in many such drives, especially during the rainy season. At times, I and a few of my friends make time and play soccer with the downtrodden kids in our neighbourhood to motivate them and at times even help them with their academics. It was during these interactions with the less fortunate of the society, I learnt to value, what I have being blessed with, in life – a family, a good school with great mentors, good three meals a day and the freedom to pursue my hobbies and dreams. Many children in my neighbourhood, in India are deprived of these basic requirements of food, education and childhood. All this has moulded me into a more sensitive and compassionate person.
Right from the time I was a kid, the screen in front of me has always enthralled me, be it the video games I played or my present computer. The games definitely kept me busy and excited but it always left my mind preoccupied with how these gadgets work. So as I grew up, I realised that it was actually the software and hardware, used in the gaming devices which actually interested me, I had a craving to dig deeper into this software and hardware. I remember the day as if it were yesterday. During the summer vacations following my sixth grade, I was trying to show my father what I learnt from the internet after he came home from work , I wrote a small program in C++ which sorted numbers as either prime or composite. I crossed my fingers and asked my dad to enter any number and told him I had created this magical thing which distinguished between prime and composite numbers . I myself was pretty nervous as I had not tried any number with more than 2 digits . While I did realize that I could just alter the algorithm a bit to make much more impressive programs , at the time I had no real idea about the endless possibilities. Now, nearly five years later, I know that programming makes possible a plethora of applications, from relatively simple calculators to visually impressive virtual reality games .
As early as in my 3rd grade, I participated in the National Cyber Olympiad and was bagged the first prize in my school. Ever since, I have been a consistent winner in National Cyber Olympiads. I have also taken computer science as an elective in my high school. I love software and the freedom that modern programming languages give the developer to solve problems and express his creativity.
Along with my interest in software technology, I also have a flair for quizzing and debating. I have represented my school in various inter-school debates and quizzes and have bought laurels to my school for the same. I also participated in a number of “Model United Nations” competitions, and have represented my school in the same, in grade IX, X and XI and have also bagged prizes for the same.
Since the opportunities available at your university are far better than any options available locally in my country, I seek admission into your prestigious institute to carve a niche in the field of computer science. I will definitely walk the extra mile, to make the best of the opportunity you provide. Thank you for your time.