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The challenge has always been the most important criterion in selecting my

endeavours, so studying Computer Science has been an easy choice. Pursuing


achievements regarding computer-related domains, though, has
never been enough. Working with people, on the other hand, has shown me how
qualities derived from working with computers, such as problem solving and critical
thinking, can assure the success of an individual, as well as the immense reward
one is given when effectively dispersing this success to an entire team.
My father has had a great impact on developing my passion for Informatics. Starting
from talks about computer architecture and file systems to object-oriented
programming, he has given me the opportunity to fully understand the expediencies
of Computer Science. In the fifth grade I managed to host and sustain a gaming
platform based on the server-client architecture and using MS SQL databases to
store and manage data. During high school I have been introduced to Informatics
where we were taught algorithmic thinking and had the opportunity to develop
several projects, beginning with the classic hangman game and moving towards
more mathematical ones, such as recursively computing the grade n determinant.
Furthermore, during the Oracle Academy SQL course I am currently attending I have
been broadening my previous knowledge and learned how to elaborate and manage
large amounts of business-specific data. By creating databases starting from
specific scenarios I learned to overcome certain problems, such as modelling
historical data, which later on has helped me organise and elaborate a conceptual
and physical model for my mothers clothing store.
Having developed a particular interest in electronics and mechanics during high
school I started involving myself in several regional and national level contests. At
that time, the concepts in Physics seemed more practical than actual mathematical
exercises, but in the tenth grade I started teaching myself integrals so that I could
calculate properties such as the heat absorbed during quasi-static processes. When
it came to mechanics and exaggerated computing, I usually tried to create an
algorithm and implement it on computer so as to test my results. Furthermore, in
2010 and 2011 I was twice awarded the golden medal by the National Academy of
Physics.
In the past three years I have been appointed as a representative of students for my
high school, which greatly enhanced my leadership ability. The necessity of asking
for opinions has taught me how to individually relate to people with diverse statuses
in order to be more productive. Writing and carrying out community projects
individually or as part of a team within the club I founded taught me that a
structured timeline and well defined checkpoints could ensure the success of a
massive project. In the following major events that we carried out I was either the
member of the logistics team or the leader of the technical squad, where I had to
ensure the proper communication between my colleagues and other departments,
as well as produce and edit written, audio and video materials.

This summer I completed two months of voluntary work in Lithuania where


I was assigned with carrying out teambuilding activities and designing energisers for
teenagers with disabilities. Also, as a professional juggler I volunteered as a clown in
paediatrics clinics and after winning my second yo-yoing contest I began
establishing a local juggling community. These experiences have shown me that
understanding others goes way beyond stepping in their shoes and also that
communication is the primary key to success.
A joint honours degree regarding the sciences of computing and management
strongly appeals to me considering its practicability and sustainability. It is a subject
that would stretch my critical thinking and self-organising behaviour as well as
enabling me to heighten the performance of a team in todays ever ever-evolving
society.