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 education at the University of Georgia, I have had the opportunity to develop this passion into 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.
During my six years of education, I have been have offered many opportunities for me to grow as both a leader and a computer scientist. I am currently employed as a Software Developer at Epic. I am part of a team that is improving healthcare for 250 million patients and their doctors. Physicians rely on Epic's software to keep the world healthy, and I help make that software safe, efficient, and even fun. My contributions will save lives across the globe.
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, which allowed 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.