Common App Transfer Essay (2016-17)
Prompt: Please provide a statement that addresses your reasons for transferring and the objectives you hope to achieve. You can type directly into the box, or you can paste text from another source. (250-650 words)
"I found myself in an associate's degree program."
Whenever I go for a workout, I can't help but see the many college T-shirts and sweatshirts. In what is probably no coincidence, most of the parents and students wear the names of popular and often prominent colleges across their chests. As for me, I wear a plain grey T-shirt and blue shorts, but I know it's only a matter of months before I will show off some new workout gear.
For a while, that solution worked well. My courses were easy, and I was making decent money at the computer shop and pitched in at home by helping my younger brother with math. But that all changed during my second semester at Valley View, when I took Computer Science II with Professor Joseph Montana. With my background as a tech, I followed the hardware lessons easily and found myself asking questions that Professor Montana enjoyed. He would call on me to present solutions to case studies on systems design. At his recommendation, I participated in a local hackathon and signed up for a massive open online course, or MOOC, in Algorithms and was hooked. After meeting Professor Montana for tea in the Student Center, we formulated a plan: I would continue taking MOOCs, register for my now-favorite professor's Coding for Business course, graduate with an associate's degree in Data Science, and apply to transfer to a college as a computer science major.
As a transfer student, I will quickly find a home in a college with a creative and growing computer science program. While I considered online alternatives, I think I'll feed off the energy of a group of peers having similar academic interests. (I'm told that computer science nerds by nature hang out together, and at a college campus, I know I'll find a crowd that has more passion than the students at Valley View.) I see myself earning money by helping non-majors or repairing equipment. I know that my computer skills will continue to be in demand once I graduate.
Whenever quarterback Aaron Rodgers introduces himself on television, he uses the name of his first college, Butte Community College, rather than the renown Cal. He understands where he came from; in fact, I've heard that Aaron was inspired by his quarterbacks coach at Butte. I'm glad to be on Aaron's team, starting out in community college, inspired by a professor, and headed toward a bright future.