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'I find it fascinating how data has impacted our lives' - SOP for Masters In Data science at USC


VishalTyagi247 1 / 1  
Jul 21, 2019   #1

I look forward to being a part of Fall 2022 incoming class



I find it fascinating how data has impacted our lives. From personalized social media ads to self-driving cars, it is safe to say that we are certainly headed towards a data driven future. There were five exabytes of information created between the dawn of civilization and 2003, but that much information is now created every 2 days. I am very excited at the prospect of devoting my long-term career to such a dynamic, fast-advancing field. Furthermore, based on my educational background, work experience and career interests, I believe that it is the right time for me to pursue a higher education in the field of data science.

Throughout the course of the four-year Bachelor of Technology (BS) degree program in Computer Science and Engineering Program at the prestigious Abdul Kalam technical University, I acquired an overall perspective of this scientific discipline, with particular interest in Object Oriented Programming, Data Structures, Operating Systems, Theory of Computation and Principle of Compiler Design. My keen interest in the subjects translated into A+ in Data Structures Lab and averaging A in other labs. My undergraduate curriculum has thus laid a solid foundation in the various aspects of computer science that are necessary to excel in graduate school.

Besides the course of my Undergraduate education, I have completed a number of courses so as to keep myself up-to-date with latest trends in technology. Projects such as developing "100 MS Scientific Calculator" have honed my programming skills in various programming languages including C, C++, Java and Python. And, to gain basic knowledge about artificial knowledge, I did preliminary courses on Machine Learning and Deep Learning. Also, I have proficient knowledge about fundamentals of web development, wiz, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Twitter Bootstrap, Node.js etc. I, with a team of two students, have made fifteen projects on web development, from very basic (only HTML & CSS) to very advanced (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP etc.), and 20 projects on Machine and Deep Learning. All these co-curricular activities have further strengthened my resolve to enter into the field of computer science with specialization in Artificial Intelligence.

My final year project was to create an interactive Leave Management Website for my institution which uses very less data, but is exceedingly fast. We intend to use the following technologies for actual implementation: JavaScript, JSON, Ajax and JSP. As me and my team worked for this project extensively, I realized the immediate need for efficient methods for accessing the information (textual and multimedia) and the necessity for easier-to-use tools to retrieve information that meets a user's actual needs. I was awarded a reward for excellence by the Director of institution for exemplary use of concepts of web development with efficient problem-solving skills.

I am confident that I am well suited for graduate studies in data science for several reasons. I am hard working and persistent, but what I really believe is my strong point that sets me apart from the other applicants, is the fact that I'm very organized and meticulous; almost obsessed with the idea of perfection. Being in the computer science world, I know very well that the level of graduate programs in the U.S. is by far higher than in any other country. I am also highly aware that USC has one of the most distinguished graduate Computer Science departments in the United States. Especially in the area of Data Science, which is my primary interest, your department's research groups are of the strongest in the US and they are involved in various interesting projects.

The Undergraduate Programs, outside courses have made me realize that all that I have ever done up to this day is analogous to storing piles of documents in a memory storage and throwing in a set of methods and algorithms. For a student who has patiently striven to reach a praiseworthy point of proficiency, now is the moment of truth. So, in order to broaden the scope of my knowledge, a Master's degree from USC with a specialization in Data Science seems to be the most logical approach. USC, accommodating students with the great minds in the field of Data Science such as Fei Sha, Milind Tambe, Viktor Prasanna and many others, has led me to the belief that it will provide me with the invaluable tools I need to prosper genuinely, hoping I will one day represent what USC truly stands for.

Besides research, I wish to be a part of Code the Change, Trojan Cricket Club etc. at USC and contribute in my own small way to the diverse global student body. During the undergraduate program, I have represented my college at national level by participating in a technical paper presentation," Scrolls 2019" organized by AICTE. Working with the underprivileged youth as a part of "Education for All" has been an invigorating experience. I hope to continue to work with the less fortunate in the surrounding of Los Angeles.

I am confident that I will uphold the reputation of university and become a strong brand Ambassador for the program after graduation. I hope the Admissions Committee will share my enthusiasm and provide me admission. I look forward to being a part of Fall 2022 incoming class.

Maria - / 1,099 389  
Jul 21, 2019   #2
@VishalTyagi247
Hello there. I'll provide you with writing feedback on this essay.

While the general composition and content that you have is quite fascinating already, I would recommend restructuring and moving around specific portions in order to assist you in the process of curating substantive content. What this means is, for instance, you can start your essay with an anecdote. Doing this will help you personalize your writing to create a more in-depth tone. If you have this, you'll be able to hook your readers easier to your written content, convincing them that you truly deservev this.

Instead of putting out everything you have accomplished, I would recommend trying to phrase things as more of general contributions that you have placed on the table. Show vividly how you have been able to add to any prior commitments. What makes you stand out specifically? What have you done that others have not?

Best of luck as always.
OP VishalTyagi247 1 / 1  
Jul 21, 2019   #3
@Maria
Can you please provide an example regarding that?


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