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Posts by java4u
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Jul 29, 2011
Undergraduate / "a Semester Course of Web Development/Designing in India" - Common App [4]

Question: Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences in the space below or on an attached sheet (150 words or fewer).


During the summer after my freshman year, I took a Semester Course of Web Development/Designing in India. Since then, my passion for Computer Science greatly increased. My biggest leap into the Computer Science field occurred during my Junior Year when I got a job as a Web Designer/Developer for a startup company. Every day, as I step into the office building, I sense the change in environment. The assignments I am given have strict deadlines and expect more of me than my usual schoolwork. However, these are what motivate me to work harder and complete the tasks. As a result, I gained more responsibility because it is my job to finish the work I am given. I would sit in front of my laptop, either typing up code or designing an image, as my boss gave me instructions and assignments. In the end, all this work has helped me gain a sense of the real world.
Aug 2, 2011
Undergraduate / Bad at Math - CommonApp Work in Progress [5]

"I glided through the early years of my schooling. I was unfazed by the math problems other students found difficult - addition and subtraction? I could do it in my sleep. Times tables? I was first in my third-grade class to master them. Long division? Humor me. Math was a breeze; that is until the horror that is Pre-Algebra descended upon me."

This part seems to repeat the last sentence of the first paragraph. I propose that you should replace that last sentence of the 1st paragraph and replace it with this because it is more descriptive.

Besides that I think you have a pretty good essay :-)
Aug 2, 2011
Undergraduate / "more than just programming" - Cornell Engineering Essay [2]

College of Engineering: Engineers turn ideas (technical, scientific, mathematical) into reality. Tell us about an engineering idea you have or your interest in engineering. Explain how Cornell Engineering can help you further explore this idea or interest.

Being part of a family filled with many computer programmers shaped my ideas and thinking to be more technical. I always loved taking math, science, and technology classes, when offered, at school. I always knew that my world would be surrounded by some sort of mathematical and scientific calculations, but I just didn't know which specific field in engineering I was interested in. However, during the summer after my freshman year, I first took a leap into the field of computer science. I took a class in India where I learned about web development and designing. Since then, my life's focus has changed to an extent that I try to incorporate some form of computer science in all my activities just to help me stay focused, and somewhat motivated.

For example, in order to free myself from the discrimination my tennis team was showing, I started my own school of tennis. Since the summer of my Sophomore year, I coached tennis to younger children as my part-time job. Everyday I would spend about two to three hours helping these kids. In order to motivate myself more, besides the fact that I love teaching tennis, I built website for my tennis school. Through it I displayed information about my school such as the timings, events, pictures and videos. I used what I learned from the course I took in India to build the site.

While searching online for top engineering colleges, Cornell came up high on the list, fortunately, because I have always wanted to study at New York, specifically at Cornell. What attracted me more was the large number of CS courses, ranging from computer programming to digital graphics. I believe that being a great computer scientist required more than just programming, which I believe Cornell greatly exemplifies.

Please give me any feedback! Thanks.
Dec 14, 2011
Student Talk / Georgia Tech - wondering about my chances of getting in? [29]

I think you have a really great chance. By the way, did you send both SAT and ACT? For ACT, GT only looks at Math, English, and your English/ Writing Score. SO how is that score for you? Just work on your essays.
Dec 14, 2011
Student Talk / Georgia Tech - wondering about my chances of getting in? [29]

I think you have a pretty good chance. FOr a competitive GPA, you need above a 3.3 on the GT scale and they only look at Math and English for the ACT and Math and CR for the SAT. So you have a pretty good shot.
Dec 14, 2011
Undergraduate / 'how i was discriminated against on' - Georgia Tech [12]

Want to Major in Comp Sci

GPA: 3.8 (GT Scale)
SATI: Didnt send
ACT: 35M, 30E, 31 E/W (11 on Essay) * Im pretty sure that this is what GT only looks at on the ACT.
School Doesnt Rank
Total 11 AP's by the time i graduate
Took a Course At Stanford University and got a grade of A.
Go to Competitive Private School.
450+ Community Service
Got a Presidential Award for my Community Service(Letter signed by Prez, and a Certificate and Pin)
Took a Computer Science Course and Passed with Full Marks in India
Worked as a web developer for a start-up company
Created my own social networking business (Made my own social networking website)
Head Coach and Founder of Self-Created Tennis Academy. Currently have around 10 students and 2 Coaches under me.
Lead the Tech department of my school to create its own itunes store and apps for our school
Freelance Web Developer, worked for my engineering teacher to build his companies website.
Essays: Wrote about how i was discriminated against on my high school tennis team and didnt make captain, so I started my own tennis school. And second essay was why i want to come to GT.

I really want to get into GT!
Dec 14, 2011
Undergraduate / 'such an aristocratic campus' - Yale essay [4]

I think this is a god essay. The only problem I see in it is the "Then I find many accused Yale for..." part. I believe that you should not bring up the bad side of Yale and only talk positive, even if it is something other people say about the school. Besides this, I think the essay is great! Good Luck!
Dec 14, 2011
Undergraduate / 'Best friends and long-time teammates' - Commonapp - Ethical Dilemma [3]

I agree with Leviator. Talk more about the future. THe lessons that you learned in this dillema should be something you can use and put forth towards your future goals and ambition. Besides this, I like the essay; it's very specific :) Good Luck!
Dec 14, 2011
Undergraduate / 'how i was discriminated against on' - Georgia Tech [12]

Thank You for the comments guys! I really researched the school and wrote about specific research and academic opportunities to explain why i want to go to UIUC. FOr the other essay, I tried to emphasize how I was discriminated in my high school tennis tennis. However, I explained how I was able to cope with this and soo started my own tennis school.