Thanks again for reviewing my text. Your comments helped me gain a clearer focus of what I wanted to write about. I think I now have a draft of the complete essay. Comments, as always would be very welcome. I was confused as to whether I should shift my focus and talk about personality development, so I've written an extra paragraph which I'm posting separately. Please advise on whether that would be relevant and whether I should accomodate that in my main text too. Currently, I'm just exceeding the given word limit by 7 words (507).
My best and worst quality is my insatiable curiosity, especially when it comes to computers and gadgets. I was the sort of kid who instead of playing with his brand new remote controlled toy car rips every component apart to try and figure out how the thing works. Over the years, I moved on to gutting PCs and gadgets, breaking some, learning some. I grew some more and graduated to dissecting and creating my own software. But my curiosity remains as acute as ever. I've always felt the need to be in the know. And a good college education is what will give me that knowledge.
I'm an avid follower of the gadget weblog Engadget.com and have been visiting it almost every day for the last three years. Reading about the latest developments in the IT and communications industry helped shape in me an idea of what I want to do when I grow up. The last decade has seen the rise and growth of the largest technology conglomerates in the world, such as Microsoft, Apple, Google, and countless others. Iconic and revolutionary inventions and devices – the Apple iPod, the iPhone; the Goliath of the software world – Microsoft Windows have created a domino effect – reaching out to people who ten years ago had never seen a telephone. I want to be part of that revolution.
Many philanthropists, such as Nicholas Negropronte, who envisioned the $100 laptop, are doing extraordinary work, working with the aim of 'One Laptop per Child' – a program which has been vastly successful, especially in developing countries such as Nigeria, Brazil, Argentina and Peru. The focus has shifted – from building more powerful, more expensive computers to volume focussed, cheap computers. But for many people in less-developed nations, the cost, at $188 per OLPC laptop, is equivalent to their annual food expense. With a degree in Computer Engineering, I aim to research methods to make cheaper, yet faster processors, cut down on manufacturing costs by using better materials, and the use of new technologies, such as solid state drives for greater durability. I want to help realise a dream which the legendary Bill Gates dreamt, the vision of 'a computer on every desk and in every home'. Fifteen years on, I see myself as an entrepreneur, establishing my own computer firm, cutting down overheads, building the cheapest computers, reaching into the grassroots and putting those computers into the remotest, least accessible parts of the world.
People ask me, 'how come you're passionate about computers, of all things'? Little do they realise, that the technology which is taken for granted by many is in fact the reason why they have the all the world's information resources at their fingertips. It is those dumb computers which run their lives smoothly, from complete transportation systems to the elevator they travel in everyday. Are they not a modern wonder? I want to help make that wonder accessible to everyone in the world. A good college education will play a key role in helping me contribute towards that higher goal.
Paragraph on Personal Goals
In school, I was an active participant in public speaking activities and had the opportunity to represent my school at the Delhi Public School All India Chairman's Debate and the DPS Model UN conference. As a House Captain, I also played a vital role in the organisation and execution of events such as the school Annual Day, Sports Day, and major inter-school music competitions at my school. I feel the ability to put forward one's ideas and work effectively in a team furthers is vital for a person's success in his or her chosen career. In college, I aim to develop my public speaking and managerial skills further. College is the only place where a student can discuss and debate key topics, carry out negotiations, and essentially simulate situations which he or she will face throughout his career in a secure environment. My college education will therefore fulfil my objective of not only gaining expertise in my chosen field of study but becoming also a better communicator and manager on the way.