Essay 4

Joseph Morana

Professor Salvarez

Essay #4

May 13, 2012


My Life

            Life as we know it can change overtime.  As long as I can remember I wanted to be a veterinarian.  I always wanted to help animals in need.  I have always loved animals and love all my pets, but overtime, my interest in being a veterinarian faded.  I would have never knew I would be in Queens College studying Computer Science ten years ago.

As a high school student I realized that I didn’t want to study to become a veterinarian.  I was always into video games, computers and all electronic devices, which led me to hear about coding and programming.  Programming is the process of designing the source code of computer programs.  It is a whole different language than English, so you have to be taught in order to learn it.  In senior year of my high school, I took a class on making websites.  It was a very interesting class and I learned a lot from it.  As I was looking for a college to learn more about programming, Queens College was a recommended choice by one of my friends.  I looked more into the Queens College website and I found out that they had Computer Science, which is programming computers and learning other computer tasks.    Being a programmer is one of my career goals and dreams.

When I started to read about Computer Science, I got hooked on learning new things about it.  When I was in high school, I started my own business that would fix Xbox 360’s with the “Red Ring Error”.  I would open the Xbox and carefully fix the parts that needed to be fixed very carefully without scratching the motherboard.  I put my business on craigslist, which was good because no one fixed Xbox’s in my area so everyone came to me.  My business was doing very well until Microsoft, the makers of the Xbox, fixed the problems with all newer models of Xbox 360’s.  After a couple of months, my business died.

A job that never died down was Ralph’s Italian Ices.  I got this job when I was a freshman in high school.  On summer days working, there is a line down the block that never stops until 10 o’clock at night.  As the years went on, I stayed there working very hard.  My boss saw that I was a leader, so he gave me a pair of keys to the store.  At only 16 years old, he trusted me with the job as a manager in charge of employers older than me.  I would take care of the register, the bank with all the money and I was in charge of closing every night when my boss was not there.  I became a leader as the years went on from being a manager.

My career goals for the next years to come are I want to graduate with a Master’s Degree in Computer Science, get good grades, get an internship, and find a well paying programming job.  After finding a well paying job that I like, I will work very hard and try to get a manager position for a very big and successful programming company.  I think I will be a very good manager because I am a very hard working, successful manager now with my current job.

I wish you consider my application for a scholarship, not only because I am a leader, hardworking, the youngest manager of my job, an entrepreneur and studying to become a Computer Scientist, but because I will become a better person after I come out of college.  I will be more knowledgeable at what I do and I hope to make a difference in the world.

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1 Comment so far

  1.   salvarez on May 17th, 2012

    Joseph, nice job. You show your responsibility with your work experience. You should also mention your neighborhood by name, being specific, and also if your plans in the future mean living in the same area or elsewhere–being specific of course. What kinds of programming are you planning to do? Making games? Managing a game company?

    How do the skills you learn at your job contribute to your skills as a student? You should also be specific with teachers you look forward to taking classes with at QC, or titles of classes like CS 345 Code Languages or something like that. This shows your audience you’ve done your homework.

    Make sure you give a specific title, what you have now is too general.

    7.8 out of 8 points

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