My initial exposure to computer programming was an accident. In middle school, I played a computer game entitled Command and Conquer. I became bored with the vanilla software, and began exploring its data files with a simple text editor. Inside I discovered a new world of thousands of lines of code declarations. I began exploring and realized that editing these lines would manipulate the game, and in turn, make it more enjoyable. The ability to add my own creative style into a game was fascinating, and it sparked my passion for Computer Science. Throughout my undergraduate and graduate education at the University of Georgia, I have had the opportunity to develop this passion in to concrete programming skills. The years of lectures and school projects have increased my knowledge to a level far beyond modifying computer games, a level that will allow me to use my developing career to benefit the world.
My six years of education have offered many opportunities for me to grow as both a leader and a computer scientist. I have had several jobs in the field of computer science, and most recently I had the opportunity to work as a Software Engineering Intern at Blackbaud. Each job has presented unique challenges, through different aspects of computer programming, and I have risen and conquered each and every one. These job opportunities have also developed my communication and leadership skills, through hands on experience in the workforce. In addition to these work experiences, I have a variety of passion projects including a few websites and iOS apps I created and maintain. During my time at school, I participated in the programming opportunities my school offered; for example, I was the leader and teacher of the iOS Apps Club, a subcommittee of ACM which developed and released one application while I have been involved.
Computer Science is one of the fasting growing fields of study. Some of the top companies in the world are built on the work of computer scientists. Those middle school students that discovered their love for computer science many years ago, like me, grow up and now strive to solve complex problems. We build solutions to enable more efficient business, engineer innovation to resolve more difficult problems, and contrive methods to make technology more accessible. The University of Georgia is one of the top research schools in the nation, allowing me to tackle untouched and personal problems. And now, I can use the knowledge and leadership skills I developed to help the world become a better place.