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'technology influencing many aspects' - UC where I come from

pokiworms 3 / 6  
Nov 1, 2011   #1
"Describe the world you come from - for example, your family, community or school - and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations."

The by now, very well known prompt that still took me 5 minutes to find. :P

Well, this is my baby after a few hours of planning followed by several rough drafts and editing. Can you guys steer me in the right direction or try to help me add some stronger pointers in my statement? Thank you.

My life since birth has revolved technology influencing many aspects of my life - most importantly, art. As a result, my fondest childhood memories were built up from the development of Computer Generated-Images, which in turn led to movies like Shrek, Finding Nemo, and Toy Story. I vividly remember my amazement at this new medium; the colors were far more varying than simple 2-D cartoons; 3-D shades and aspects were introduced to motion pictures without the need of human models! All these productions were designed through the use of computers filled with sharp, green chips! Little did I happen to know at the time that these simple yet enjoyable movies would firmly cement my interests in science and art.

Reaching adolescence, I began to learn bits and pieces of the world of computers that so piqued my curiosity a few years prior. Scouring online forums for coding tutorials soon became a habitual pursuit that almost began to compete with my academics, but fortunately, I managed to experience the best of both worlds. And so the turmoil of middle school passed by into high school, leaving behind a flimsy foundation of knowledge in computer science. But around this time, I felt a calling towards realist art and began enrolling in art classes and programs where I honed my skills in acrylic painting and graphite sketching. No longer did I strictly pursue a straight path towards computer science, but instead I was drawn to the fond images of my childhood, where technology and art revolve around each other to create stunning visual masterpieces that can depict what we've only yet imagined; a taciturn green ogre strives to save a princess; a clownfish fights an entire ocean against all odds to rescue his son; a pair of toys serve justice to a menacing child.

Currently, art is still an incredible factor of my life today. It has helped me develop my values and ideals as an individual like the abilities to look at situations from multiple perspectives and sides, to maintain a strong curiosity for the mysterious, and to have a burning passion towards my pursuits. These abilities were a result of practicing art, which needed these set of skills in order to flourish. In order to develop an idea for a picture, I needed to examine multiple pictures to find an applicable way to show a subject. In order to work on the piece, I needed to find a method to connect with the image to pour out what I truly intended and felt about the piece.

I realize now that my interests in the Sciences and Arts are not strictly just culminations of my childhood memories, but rather a gateway into leaving behind a message, a story, for future generations in hopes that I may instill in them the same experiences of wonder that inspire and motivate me today. Through my aspirations to integrate the creativity and expressions of art with the technology and mechanics of computer science, I dream to one day be able to express these stories to millions of others possibly kin to me through the medium of computer illustration.

Again, thank you if you've read this far.
wyby45 3 / 8  
Nov 4, 2011   #2
Pretty good essay and a really good topic that incorporated your childhood. Some nice abstract words you placed in there and they sound quite well incorporated into the essay
OP pokiworms 3 / 6  
Nov 4, 2011   #3
Thank you all so much! I've never been this happy about internet grammar correction! :D

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