I’m writngto apply for master degree of Statisticsat NCSU.
Sixyears ago, I, ranking among the top 200 in Heilongjiang Province in the universityentrance examination out of more than 200,000 examinees, was admitted into Zhejiang University, one of the top three universities in China. Interest ofChemistry and Physics finallydrove me to choose Material Science and Engineering as my major. And 2 years ago I was admitted into NCSU with the same major. During the2 years studying here,2011 August I graduated as MS.of MSE. Just in this period,I came torealize that I statistics is a totally different world which is very interesting after choosing 4 courses of statistics, so now I want to apply for MS.of Statisticsfor the reasons below.
Firstly,I amaware of being a scientist may not suitable for me, doing research every single day may be cool for many people ,but definitely not for me, instead of the boring test and experiments again and again, I prefer practicaland useful things. Statistics is a science of making effective use of numerical datarelating to groups of individuals or experiments. So I could deals with all aspects of this, including not only the collection, analysis and interpretation of such data, but also the planning of the collection of data, in terms of the design of surveysand experiments. I am sure that I could help some people using the knowledge that I learn after I finish the degree .
Secondly, compared with staying in the lab all day long doing the experiment, I always like to deal with people, Learning statistics could bring me a new way tocome to understand people by knowing their real thoughts, and still I could make use ofmy advantages when counselling. When I was in college, I joined the Students’Union to improve my ability and get acquaintedwith like-minded friends.During the three years’experience,a lot of activities contributed to my remarkable organizational competence and good communication skills.As a result,froma common member to the President of the Campus, 4 years’active thinking as well as communicating with all kinds of people who had the similar ambition make me get a better understanding of myself and a quite clear vision of my future----studying abroad ,getting employed in an enterprise after completing the master program and then starting myown careerat the propertime.
Last but not least, I like finding opportunities to challenge myself. Though I have been studying in materials science for almost 6 years as soon as I realized that it is not the very right career for me. I have the guts to change no matter how difficult this change will be. Also, I must state that it is definitely not a reckless decision because I have done a lot of research about this major and talked with my friends in China and right here in your department. Based on their opinion and the understanding of this major and the future career circumstance,I finally made up my mind. Since I was a little kid, my parents had always encouraged me to find out the truth by myself. Therefore,I barelyfollowedothers, which distinguished me from others. The people around me regard meas a creativethinking, energetic, and competentperson, that is my own description formyself as well.
NowI am ready to start a new studying with rich experimental experience and rich knowledge of the engineering subject. Mylong-cherished department of statisticswith strong technical force and considerable research funds and most importantly, professors of profound learning is the very place to realize my dream. I am confident that in academic research, I will bring you different ideas and put them into effect. I will do my best ,Ipromise you will never regret.
For nearly one year, when all other colleagues had gone back home after work or to the bars for relaxation, I kept myself busy with the designing, programming, and refactoring work. When I got home every day after ten o’clock in the night, I would read papers of XXX and continue for seeking the universities and professors attractive to me until one o’clock in the morning. My sense of responsibility for the company made me obliged to finish all the projects in my hands before I leave for America. And my yearning for the free American environment which is easy to inspire researchers’ potential made me willing to live such hard life under much greater pressure.
Although over two years’ software development work in Beijing Grandsoft Technology Co., Ltd has already helped me accumulate considerable experience in software programming and designing and make some achievements admirable in others’ eyes, I, who will be promoted as a senior development engineer, know clearly that only the xxx program in your department can fully exert my strength and make my pursuit come true.
I know that I belong to the kind of people who are able to better realize the life values and meaningfulness while doing certain interesting things, who enjoy challenges and thinking and who are always in pursuit of creative ideas. However, the work I was taking up now is almost always repetition of what has already existed. That’s why I gave up the achievement without hesitation. I know that I will be able to master the most advanced technology and thoughts in the xxx program. In such a bright and promising field, I believe I will be able to inspire all my ability in facing challenges, and finally become a top talent to make contributions to the development in the field.
Moreover, my studying and working experiences make me very confident in myself to believe that I have got the ability and potential to realize my pursuit. I became interested in computer science in Chongqing Nankai Middle School, a school emphasizing cultivating personal interests. But my unusual performance in the National Entrance Examination failed me for entering the Department of Computer Science of Tsinghua University. Being clear of my interest and goal, I spent quite a lot of time in computer science besides the basic courses required by the university. Although I didn’t gain an extraordinary GPA, I succeeded in transferring to the School of Software. Afterwards, my GPA continued increasing and my foundation in the major was consolidated.
I have a good habit in learning and working. No matter how great the pressure was, I would stick to my studies after work. And I finished reading books like Interconnection Networks - An Engineering Approach and reviewed (Introduction to Algorithms, Computer Networks, Database Systems Concepts) twice. In addition, I am very creative. I could solve the instability in file transmission by using FTP/HTTP method instead of the original Web Service/COM+ method to cope with different network situations after independent thinking; I could solve the problem of difficulties in managing the patch files by putting the client patch files on the server for Auto update, improving the clients’ satisfaction greatly. What’s more, I am very strict with myself and always keep a heart for excellence. I successfully became a formal employee in advance during the probation period. And I gained the Intermediate Engineer position in only one year which normally took three years by others. At the same time, my strong sense of responsibility helped me never disappoint my supervisors and colleagues even when it was necessary to work overtime continuously or all night.
Besides, I can even get enlightened when facing failures. My experience in taking charge of the GCM—Grandsoft Cost Management project can be cited here as an example. In this project, we adopted C/S structure using COM+/Web Service as the communication method, and SQL Server 2000 as the database. Although the SQL was optimized and different DB engines and components were tried, the querying efficiency was not improved obviously when dealing with mass data and complex business logics. However, I learned in the course how to improve the efficiency of database query for huge amount of data, how to conduct efficiency test and experiment and how to use the simplest query to realize the huge business logics. In trial use of the Qlikview software of a professional data query company, although I was not able to solve the problem, I learned the BI thoughts to cache data into the memory to improve the application efficiency.
However, though I have laid a solid foundation in my years of studies in Tsinghua University and my self-studies during the work, though I have improved my ability in practice and problem-solving, I still lack in theories which can be seen from the above examples. Only practice is not enough to solve problems completely. The importance of theories can be also seen in my adjusting the tree traversing algorithm. I improved the GCM product’s tree building efficiency by dozens of times after I analyzed the general law of data distribution. Therefore, I am more determined to continue my further education abroad.
Having gone through the thinking during the learning-working-learning process, I believe that I’ve already found what I need. The xxx program will be the most meaningful place for me in my life. The next ten years of concentrative research coupled with my determination to accept new challenges will enable me to become a paving stone on the road of CS development.