An Introduction of Myself as a Person and as a Student: Studies, Activities, Services and Challenges
Education is the greatest treasure an individual could achieve. This is the reason why I have always valued my academic studies. As a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, I could say I have excelled in the university despite engagements in extra-curricular activities. Part of my intellectual enrichment is my attendance and enthusiasm in relevant conferences such as the CSUN’s International Technology and Person’s with Disability March 2008. The knowledge I gained from seminars and classes have helped me pursued significant projects which manifests my ability to apply theory into practice. For instance, I did the project, “Advanced Data Structures: Simple Database Implementation” last September till December, 2006.
Also, I implemented the “Software Engineering: Insulin Pump Simulator Device” that was used to simulate various functions/failures and check for blood sugar levels, last January to May, 2007. Academic excellence must also include research skills and ability to translate into useful manuscripts for the benefit of other scholars. This is why I made myself available also for paper presentations. Last 2007 also, I presented three papers entitled, “Fault Tolerance: A Transient Error Tolerant Java Virtual Machine Implementation for Embedded Devices”, “Multimedia: JPEG Compression of an image using Huffman Algorithm in Java” and “Open Source Software Engineering: Protecting your Open Source Project”. I have been particularly aware of sharing my studies and thoughts related to my course so I made them available in a web development portfolio which you may want to visit at http://www.geocities.com/studentpierce07/.
My college life wouldn’t have been productive without my interactions with fellow students. I see to it that I involve myself in meaningful campus activities. My goal has been to be able to attract other students to join our field of interest and help the society eventually. I joined the student fair which served this purpose. I have been active in Computers and Games Meeting spearheaded by our dignified professors. My relationship with my mentors as their research assistant has added into my inspiration to follow their paths. I did for example a research with my Math professor on NP vs P problems which gave me confidence to fulfill some Math tutoring specifically in calculus I, II amd III.
For me, studies and university life must be matched with the desire to help other people in the community. Your usefulness and well being will be maximized in societal activities and community services. I volunteered for example during the Aids Walk last 2003 and 2004.I volunteered as a web developer for non profit HIV health Care Community and I experienced working on projects under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. In Valley Presbyterian Hospital, I also worked in the prenatal department supervising premature babies. My speaking abilities also were found useful in a Cardiology Clinic when I did translation in Hindi and Punjabi to patients who did not speak English. I have transformed myself in varied roles in different contexts; from an effective student, to an approachable leader and humble follower in the community, to an entertainer. Yes, I could also dance. In fact, I performed for Chief Guest: Karen Kukurin, Deputy Director for CA Governor last June 5th 2007. I also did a dance number for an Indian Ambassador (Ronan Sen) and another performance at Pierce College called the “Indian Festival of Light”. I could say I am a well-rounded person. I managed to pursue things from the most basic to the most sublime; from things that I have yet to interest myself with to the things that I consider myself an expert on. My confidence and desire to learn new things have turned me into a more functional person. Quite uniquely, I also was enrolled in the Thalam School of Fine Arts and could appreciate the arts.
However, what I consider to be an exceptional achievement is my ability to surpass financial difficulties. To sustain my education, I had to secure myself of a job, and landed into one by getting myself a license as a pharmacy technician. Although gender has sometimes been a consideration among those who were able to graduate, I am privileged to be one of the few women to finish Computer Science as a degree course. What also seems to be another hindrance for me which was my genetic disorder making me a regular patient under treatment has even served as my source of conviction to pursue even harder. For me, one’s success and achievement is not measured by one’s utilization of his or her resources. It is achieved in expanding from what you already have. The lesser you have, the bigger your dreams should be, and the greater efforts you must give. I believe when you do this, you will reap more blessings- and more of this would mean more to share to other people. All the while, my main motivation was to able to give to the society despite my limitations.
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