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Sean J.

Los Angeles, CA
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Posted on Dec 25, 2016

I want to be working in the computer science industry preferably in the Los Angeles area or the Bay Area (San Francisco) as a secondary choice in location. However, I am also interested in business management. A nice mix of the two, in something such as business analysis would be nice.

Context: Growing up, I always saw my dad working (he was a website developer) and I just thought it was the coolest thing. Around the 5th grade, I started building my own computer. Now, I'm just really interested in working on cool software that makes amazing programs people enjoy.
College: My dream college is UCLA. However, I'm also interested in USC and Pepperdine. I've been into UCLA mostly because it was the golden standard growing up in LA. I do acknowledge it's computer science and business programs may not be #1 but financially it is a good fit for me as well. For USC, they have a good research program that lets you work on current programs that lets you have real experience in the computer science field. Also, they have a good recruitment opportunity, with big companies often giving internship opportunities. For Pepperdine, they have a really good business program (my Uncle went there) that I'm interested in.
Other Education: I plan on getting a Masters degree.
Activities: I've currently been a part of the United States Academic Decathlon program at John Marshall High School. The amount of work required for just making the team let alone competing has given me a good sense of what the college workload is like.
Job Experience: The only previous experience I've had have been volunteering mostly with kids and one other where I did a lot of data entry. I'm hoping to get an internship directly related to my field sometime during the summer (2017) before I start college.
Soft Skills: Some soft skills I have are time management, good relations, leadership, and willingness to learn. I manage time well, planning the day out with Google calendar and just in general, being motivated to get my work done. I'd say I have good relations, as I have been able to work in the past with people who have been "unworkable." I am able to lead any group of individuals as I am not afraid to be the one that steps on other people's toes to get them in line. Finally, my willingness to learn has been evident especially in the past year as I have been unafraid to rely on my peers and ask for help on topics they have been working on for quite some time while I have been only recently exposed to the topic.
Hard Skills: I am fluent in Korean, have basic computer skills, and know basic micro and macro economics.
Other: N/A #computer-science #internships #college-admissions #business-management #college-bound #business-development #business-analysis

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