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STEM and the arts - reasons for choosing the CFM program at Waterloo

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Dec 31, 2020   #1

why Computing and Financial Management program?

This is an admissions prompt for the University of Waterloo's Computing and Financial Management program. I also applied to CS and AFM but CFM is my first choice. I'm not sure if my answer is very concise and if I answered everything that was asked. I also think I repeated a few words too many times but I don't know what to replace them with. Thanks for helping!

Please tell us about your educational goals, your interest in your chosen program(s), and your reasons for applying to the University of Waterloo. If you have applied to more than one program please discuss your interest in each program. (900 character limit)

I've always had a passion for STEM and the arts, though I found choosing between the two as a career was difficult. However, after encountering computer science and finance through high school courses, I noticed their versatility could help me combine my interests as both are essential to most industries. Waterloo's CFM program interests me because its double major can help me determine if I want to pursue a career in computer science, finance, or both. It complements my passions in programming and math, yet gives me an opportunity to gain deeper knowledge in both. As a student with diverse interests, Waterloo's co-op program can also help me narrow down my career options and develop a true passion for a field where I can apply my strengths to. At Waterloo, I have the potential to merge both my creative and mathematical interests, as well as discover where my passions lie.

Holt  Educational Consultant - / 10,124 3267  
Jan 1, 2021   #2
The educational goal needs to be more precise. It needs to show a clear decision on your part to integrate both science and finance as the reason you have chosen Waterloo. Since you are already speaking of the double major program, the "if" in your statement should disappear. Instead, you should be focusing your response on an educational goal that will result in a combined professional achievement upon your graduation. For example, your interest in stem is leading you towards finding a cure for Covid 19, but you do not want to sell the formula, so you will need the finance education to help you kickstart your laboratory company. So the CFM program fits your academic goals in relation to your professional target. The professional target will be part of the reason for your interest in your chosen program. Do not rely on the co-op discussion alone because all the students include that in their response. It is the default response. The reviewers are looking for unique and interesting responses to this question that do not always fall back on the most obvious reason for choosing the university and the course. Consider using the MATES club as one of the reasons for your application, based on your intended double major.

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