Purdue College of Science
I have loved computers since the seventh grade, when I took my first computer science course. Most of the science activities I did as a kid were based on computers and biology, both of which I love. They included everything from dissecting flowers and insects (gross, but intriguing) to writing trivial code.
What I loved about science as a kid and still do is that it has never-ending possibilities. Anyone, anywhere who loves science can do something to change the world.
Computer science is one of the most dynamic fields one can find. Computer science is in everything we use. Facebook is computer science, Twitter is computer science, the iPhone is computer science. It's dynamic because it can take seconds to think of an idea that can change the face of the entire field. You can literally be sitting in your PJs and come up with the next best algorithm in the field. Studying such a field leaves me with a hunger to learn more to keep up with the everchanging technologies.
I'm very interested in two fields: graphics and mobile web development. I'm thinking of going into the animation industry, and maybe also doing a couple of courses in web and mobile development (iPhone, Windows Mobile, Android).
In spring 2011, I worked with Delphi Labs (global supplier of electronics and technologies for automotive segments) as a software verification engineer, testing automobile electronic software. My responsibilities included converting code from C to C# and scrubbing official design and specification documents.
Having that job really helped me understand and apply the theoretical concepts I learned in class in a real-world setting. Also, working alongside my peers in a team helped me appreciate the necessity and usefulness of teamwork in a corporation. I'd like to think that my work experience brought me closer to my dream job of working full time at Microsoft or Google after college.
In my spare time, you can find me singing, writing poetry, enjoying an Agatha Christie novel or watching "Lord of the Rings" for the zillionth time. I believe that it's important to do things different from my major when I'm free, because it helps in de-stressing me.