The Personal History Statement is expected to focus on your personal background while the Statement of Purpose is expected to focus on your academic/research background and interests.We recommend that you complete the essay in another program (i.e., Word, Google docs, etc.) and copy it in the text box below. (850 to 1200 words)
My name is Jianchao Sun, I am from China. Majoring in Computer Science in California state polytechnic university Pomona. Being able to choose computer science as my career is no doubly one of the luckiest things.
Not many people have the chance actually to do what they like for their life. My journey to Computer science was not easy. I came to college as a civil engineering major (using old, not evolved technology), not long before I found out wrong.
I spent time searching for a new major, but what inspire me joining computer science is the go match
between alpha go and Lee Sedol. I am 3 dun players in go; I remember my teacher told me that go is the only board game that computer cannot defeat when I was learning it.
How strong the computer program is shocked me; I knew it is the future of people’s life. The first year in computer science was not easy because I didn’t use a computer a lot before, I remember the time.
I was learning simple I/O, I wasn’t even able to locate the text file located in the C disk on my windows laptop. A simple binary search algorithm can take me hours to write. Although I spent time, the grade I got was still not satisfying, and I keep receiving Bs in my first three quarter in computer science, which directly brought my GPA from 3.8 to 3.2, making mistakes in my
program seemed unavoidable.
For a while, I even questioned if computer science is the right choice for me. In my first few computer science classes, I had a classmate who can easily explain everything in the textbook and write code so easy that I have to struggle for hours to figure out
how it works. By the time I told myself that I want to be as good as him.
To achieve that, I brought books on programming, practices coding every day on website leet code and hack rank. By the end of my first year, I finished over 300 algorithms problems on leet code website. My effort paid off; in my second Algorithms & data structure class, I can look at a problem and just start to write a program to solve it.
With a solid fundamental on algorithm and coding, the following major classes did not become challenging to me. I made the B I got on my first year in computer science the last B I got in my undergraduate study.
Two years in computer science, I developed my programming skills and knowledge in the software-related field. However, I knew to fight alone is not how developing software works; teamwork is crucial if I want to build software that can change people’s life.
I chose engineering-related fields because I’m not a very social person, but this time I know I have to step out and work with people. To better prepare for my future career, I joined a start-up software company called Over watch Safety Solution.
In there, I was able to see how software developing world is like, during my internship in 2019 summer; I got to program on cloud service and going to scrum meeting that force me to work with my colleague. I had to use the API built by my colleagues and communicate with them. At first, it was not easy.
I had been used just to use the well-document code I can find on the internet, and watch the tutorial videos. Now I have to speak out about my question regarding the code given to me. The first scrum meeting didn’t end up well for me.
I came to the meeting unprepared because I thought all I need for work is to upload my code, and that’s all I need. During the meeting, I saw people even bring a little notebook that records what they had done and what is the next plan so that they can report more clearly, I mumbled a few words in the meeting when it is my turn.
Later I received serval emails from my colleague that asks me to explain what I did, and it took me extra time to get things settled. I learned the lesson that I must get proper preparation if I want teamwork to be more efficient.
Scholarship writing (550 words)
On a separate sheet of paper write a short essay (approximately 550 words) on the following
topic: Describe how consulting engineers make their community a better place to live both technically and socially. Your interest, understanding and commitment to the business and management of the profession are important and should be reflected in the essay.
(Want to mention that I have worked in as an engineering assistant in “BWU consultants, INC.” from Jan 2019 to present. And the responsibility our consulting engineers hold includes protecting the general public, treating each client with the best and accurate calculations and designs.
Straightly followed the requirement, and performed the cheapest and most efficient solutions to customer. Not only we have the knowledge in the field, but also the experience we collected through different projects. BTW “BWU, consultants” is a structural company, we do residential and commercial structural calculations and designs (If you want to mention).