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    24 марта 2013 в 09:28
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Вот только что подал на практику летом, попытка — не пытка, даже с моей успеваемостью. Часа два потратил на эссе, решил вот ни с того ни с сего поделиться. Переводить не буду и не хочу, кому надо тот думаю прочитает. Секреты замаркированы, хотя бы относительный анон рулит.

 

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I would totally answer this extremely hard and broad question in one page if I was just another applicant from a top college looking for internship. But I decided I would rather tell my life story and give some personal reasons to get this opportunity.

I was born in Kyrgyzstan, a country in Central Asia that has basically nothing except truly amazing nature. An ordinary child from average family, I was doing well at school as far as it was interesting, but nothing crazy. The summer after grade 6, I got into an international Turkish high-school, the only one of a kind in a region. It was my first serious achievement, taking into consideration having come in top five out of thousands upon thousands. In just a year of studying as never before, I learned two new languages, adapted to unfamiliar and strange education system and got used to be far from family.

After that year, my parents decided to move to the historical motherland, Kazakhstan, “for the sake of children’s future”. I got into a new school, the most awful I can imagine, a school where teachers knew less than 8th grader. During the first quarter, I totally lost my interest in studies, skipped about 90% of my classes, found myself spending most of the time doing absolutely nothing. After parents learned all this, I got one more enemy and one more friend. Mom was just criticizing and making me work against my will, but Dad, having understood why it all went wrong, secretly promised to give me back to the amazing old school. I still smile every time as I recall how Mom reacted to the news I got back to that school and was leaving the following day.

My old friends and teachers accepted me very friendly, and I started enjoying school again. After three years, I was a happy valedictorian, having got one of top 50 scores on a national test (which got me onto a special event with the country president), national English Olympiad title and perfect grade in every single class. At that point, it would make perfect sense to attend a local college, provided no need for any admission and tuition struggles. Half of my friends were really shocked to learn I was not applying anywhere.

Being citizen of Kazakhstan, I decided to try my luck and win the Bolashak president’s scholarship. It took me one whole year, about 15000 km of train trips and around 100 very long nights, but I did it. Unfortunately, I did too well on my English test, and therefore was left home alone against the cruel world of admissions and standardized tests, unlike other 1499 people who attended language schools and got help with all that. I was preparing using all the available sources: one study guide, an 8 year old PC and a mobile phone with 2-inch display and the only internet access point. For important documents, I had to travel back to school or capital city; for scanning, copying or e-mailing stuff — just to the train station 15 km away.

Somehow, by miracle or fate, I am studying Computer Science at ### now. I really like it here: people from all around the world, all with different mindsets and work ethics, inspire me to do my best. However, my best is not good enough, but I never stop working and hoping to get better. I also like the Computer Science itself, for all the freedom, power and room for creativity it offers.

After a shockingly terrible first semester, I finally feel myself alright now. Classes are going a lot better; I have learned vast amounts of useful information. The only thing I want to see now is what else I need to be a successful computer scientist, where I lack and what I may happen to be actually good at. Nothing can do a better job at this than a solid intership, and I really hope I will get one more chance to climb to the next life level…

###, the first CS undergraduate at ### ever and probably the only Facebook user in the whole ### region of Kazakhstan.

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1923 kdochsha
24 марта 2013, 09:28