I feel that university is personally the best choice for mebecause it gives me the opportunity to develop skills that I wouldn’t get tootherwise. It would also offer me the chance to expand my experience especiallythrough practical work and placement options. I also participated in theNational Citizenship Service (NCS) award over summer in which my group raisedmoney for two charities, Rainbows and LOROS, as well as two weeks of teambuilding activities. The NCS program helped to build my confidence, resilienceand ability to work effectively with new people. During the past two years I havebeen a member of the Post Sixteen Student Union (PSSU). This involvesorganising fundraisers throughout the year as well as communicating with therest of the school about problems with the way the school is running and thensolving them as a group.
A few of our main focuses have been creating a lunchroom and general learning environment that better suited the requirements ofour peers. Being a member of the PSSU helped me to develop my problem-solvingskills which I feel I can apply to computing as I can use similar thoughtprocesses to overcome problems in requirements when producing projects. I have also furthered myindependent working, initiative and punctuality by maintaining a part-time jobat McDonalds since October 2016. This has given me experience with customerservice as well as teaching me how to balance multiple tasks at once whilstkeeping a calm, collected attitude which I believe will be useful when balancework on this course.
I was involved in a STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) project a few years ago which ledto a bronze CREST award and being one of a small number of groups from aroundEngland to present to a selection of high up members of the STEM community atthe houses of parliament. My role was primarily the technological aspectsincluding using a variety of software to present our data in a user-friendlyway. This offered me a direct look into what it is like for women as a part ofthe STEM industry and further influenced my choice to work towards being a partof that industry myself.Developments in the technology and computing industry haveencouraged my belief that technological advancements are a major part of howthe world is going to move forward and begin to access knowledge that we, as asociety have previously believed impossible. Advancements in programming and computingare changing lives for the better, from artificial intelligence that cancomplete jobs faster and more effectively than humans have previously beencapable of to the programming behind the medical equipment that is saving livesevery day. Hearing about and researching changes like these that have alreadybeen made fuels my interest to explore how I can use computing to impactpeople’s lives in similar ways.I am interested in taking acomputing course because of the ever-advancing nature of the topic and theopportunities this creates in terms of research and acquiring new skills.Technology and computing is increasingly having a major impact on society and thepossibilities available to us as a race meaning there is an increasing amountof opportunities that a computing course could open up for me.
So many things Iuse every day fall into the internet of things, a subject I personally findextremely intriguing and enjoy researching. This includes a book I readrecently called ‘Silent Intelligence: The Internet of Things’ which helpedbroaden my knowledge of how the subject as well as my understanding of its history.I also enjoy practicing and expanding my ability to use various programminglanguages, such as CSS, C# and Python.