From an early age, I have been fascinated by computers and how they
perform. Having been educated in the Iranian system, I have always been
frustrated by the fact that most schools in Iran seem to regard the study of
computers as an afterthought. My enthusiasm to pursue it further has evolved
into a deeper and more meaningful desire to study Computer Science at a
university level. With a BSc from a UK university, I want to gain skills I can
use to devote myself to a career in this rapidly expanding field that has
permanently changed the world we live in.
The logic, regularity and practicality of Computer Science is what
attracts me to the subject. I am especially captivated by its academic aspects:
its connection to mathematics and problem solving. After reading “The Pattern
of Stones” by W. Daniel Hillis, I was inspired by the book’s demonstration of
how seemingly complex operations can be understood as repeating simple
operations. This logical aspect is one of my main motives for studying computer
My school curriculum has prepared me for the course and motivated
my interest in it. I developed strong mathematical skills in an advanced high
school mathematics curriculum, the equivalent to the first year of university.
Having enjoyed being challenged by my favourite topics – differential
coefficients, integrals, and functions – I am motivated to choose a practical
course with a mathematical grounding. I look forward to taking computer science
modules focusing on mathematics, problem-solving, and logic. Besides the
intriguing maths I studied in high school, I also explored two basic computer
science courses. The material covering data processing and information systems fired
my interests. I’m excited to develop my understanding in this area further by
choosing courses in data structures and database theory and systems.
To follow up on my interest in the field of computer science, I
worked at IT-Orbit Co., an Iranian software company, as an intern. My job was
to maintain websites using a software called Kentico, update web style sheets
on a regular basis by coordinating with design staff, and organize web pages
with proper anchors and multimedia elements. Following this experience, I can’t
wait to gain an insight into software design through software engineering and design
This course requires a significant amount of hard work. My
involvement in sport and charity demonstrates that I have the necessary traits
to succeed in it. In addition to my school studies, I’ve been in love with
basketball since my second year of school. Having trained regularly for more
than 6 years, I am now at a level to train with the national team. I am also
involved in charity work, volunteering with the Popli Khalatbari Charitable
Foundation as a soccer coach at a summer camp for refugee children in Iran.
These experiences gave me the teamwork, self-discipline, and self-confidence I
have today, which I will bring to the course.
My internship in computer science was inspirational, helping me
understand the rapidly changing landscape of software innovation worldwide. As
a future job, I would like to start my own software company or business and
become an entrepreneur. The knowledge, skills and experience I’ll gain at
university will be vital in helping me develop the necessary programming and
problem-solving skills to do so. Beyond this, however, I relish the prospect of
studying the raw science of computing for three years.