Computer Science

Applied in: Winter 2013

University Offers: UCL, King's College, Southampton, Exeter

In the last decade technology has exponentially grown and computers are now embedded in our environment, in our personal and professional life. With the accelerating growth of technology and the boosting need for information, innovative computer scientists will be critical to develop new solutions, software, applications, and so on. I want to be part of this exciting technology challenge.

I am currently in my twelfth year at the French school in London and majoring in Maths and Physics, my two favourite subjects. Studying for the Science Baccalaureate provides me with a solid grounding in those two disciplines. Mathematics helps me develop logical thinking and processing skills, useful when working with algorithms or coding, and physics provides me with great analytical skills when working through protocols. Combined with my programming experience, my understanding of these subjects will be an asset when I go to university.

I have a natural curiosity for computer science that I developed by reading Tech and Maths articles in magazine like New Scientist. My interest has expanded since I am exposed to coding languages like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript which allowed me to build my own website. I complement my school learning by reading books such as How To Think Like a Mathematician: A Companion to Undergraduate Mathematics by Kevin Houston in order to develop my logical thinking and nourish my English math vocabulary. In November, I will also work as an intern for a publishing company, which is in the process of re-designing its website. This experience will give me the unique opportunity to see how computer science applies to business and work with others in a professional environment.

I have developed organization and leadership skills through diverse experiences. For example, last year I led our Coursework assignment about fireworks. My motivation and outgoing personality created a collaborative and open environment in our team to communicate and work efficiently. Ideas were freely shared within the group and important decisions were taken as a group. As result, we obtained the maximum mark for this project.

One of my greatest assets is my ability to connect with others and adapt to new environments. I have had the opportunity to live in multiple countries and immerse myself in different cultures when living in Ivory Coast, France, the United-States, Belgium and now the UK. My curiosity and openness during those multicultural experiences help me grow intellectually and understand others’ perspectives. In addition, I value learning foreign languages to communicate properly, I am fluent in French and English, advanced in Spanish, and I have been learning Chinese for three years.

It is important to me to volunteer and give my time to my community and people in need. In all the countries I lived in, I looked for opportunities to volunteer, such as the Red Cross in France, raising money for a Children’s hospital in Belgium, or packing meals for children in developing countries in the United-States.

My determination to pursue my studies in computer science is also motivated by the perspective of being able to work in multiple sectors and countries. A solid education from a recognised university will allow me to conciliate my interest in computer science and my aspiration to continue experiencing different environments. As the co-founder of Valve Corporation, Gabe Newell poetically stated: “The programmers of tomorrow are the wizards of the future.” Because computers are directly connected to people, the computer scientists will shape the world of tomorrow and bring a new perspective to our lives. I am committed to actively contribute to this challenge.

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