Academic Preparation the University Seeks Admission Essay

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But although the aim of many computer games may be bloody, they continue to provide a source of community and connection for me, and a sense of uniting fun with technology -- a spirit I hope to bring to the university community.

Question Two:

Focus: Potential to Contribute

Rationale: UC welcomes the contributions each student brings to the campus learning community. This question seeks to determine an applicant's academic or creative interests, and potential to contribute to the vitality of the University. Tell us about a talent, experience, contribution or personal quality you will bring to the University of California.

It's just a game." But for me, games are a very serious business. I do not only refer to my potential to contribute in the university team for ACM ICPC in algorithm contests, as I have in the past for Google Code Jam, Topcoder Open and Topcoder Single Round Matches, competitions very much like ACM International Collegiate Programming. As a fierce and demanding coach in the field of table tennis I have also learned the power of games to generate teamwork, a fierce competitive spirit, and a joy within myself that I hope to bring the university table tennis team as well. I am currently practicing at San Diego Table Tennis Association; I am ranked as one of the best players in San Diego. I also play the Erhu (a Chinese violin) and was the soloist of my high school's prize-winning orchestra. I hope to make a community contribution by promoting Chinese music and culture, as I did when I was president of my high school's music society.

Thus my talents are both competitive and harmonious. I hope to create a sense of healthy competition as well as community spirit and cultural harmony through the medium of music at the university as a student.

Question Three:

Focus: Open-ended

Rationale: This question seeks to give students the opportunity to share important aspects of their schooling or their lives, such as personal circumstances, family experiences and opportunities that were or were not available at their school or college, which may not have been sufficiently addressed elsewhere in the application. Question: Is there anything you would like us to know about you or your academic record that you have not had the opportunity to describe elsewhere in the application?

Life deals one absurd obstacles at times. One can survive much and plan -- and then one must face traffic!

A received a failing grade in a Biology class during UCSD Summer session, not because of lack of application, but because the two-hour bus trip between my dormitory and class deposited me outside of the lecture hall an hour and a half late for the final exam. I nearly vowed cure the state of California of all of its public transportation ills as a result -- but instead set myself the goal of taking another Biology class at the UCSD Summer session the following year and get an a -- which I did!

The only other blemish upon my academic transcript is the CI was given in a speech class in San Diego Mesa College. I was extremely proficient in written English at the time, for most textbooks in Hong Kong are written in English. However, no matter how fluent my reading and writing, I was still quite self-conscious about my strong dialect.

After getting a C. In the speech class, I realized that I had to improve my spoken communication skills. I invited a native friend to help me practice. I applied myself to our discussions. Persistence was rewarded -- in the college level English class in Mesa College, I receive an a in spoken and…

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