Bits and Bytes

Scholarship Entrant: Neelima from Glen Burnie, MD
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Neelima: 3

Somewhere along the bits and bytes of the programming world, I found solace. Whether it was spending hours experimenting with codes or debugging programs, I found myself completely immersed, open to the whims of critical thinking. When I was 9, my uncle brought a new computer that was not only the first in our home, but the first in our rural town of Nepal. Every day, I would indulge myself in notepad, dabbling with the doctype and css methods until a HTML document was created–one that read “NEELIMA!” in the most glitter-filled font that showcased my newly acquired skills.

What attracts me most about Computer Science is the ability to have an entirely new idea in your head and with the click of a few buttons and the manipulation of some human-constructed letters, you have the ability to manifest that idea into reality. I hope to combine the software aspect of computer science and the hardware aspect of computer engineering to become me a software engineer–with that, I aim to pinpoint the problematic areas of our lives and apply what I’ve learned to transport the solutions from my head into physical reality with the help of computer technology.

In order to solidify my goal, I aim on branching out in college and gaining real-life experience, such as internships, research positions and hackathons. From those experiences, I can evolve my skills to become the software engineer I dream to be.

Vote for Neelima: 3

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