My freshman year at Cornell University, I was sitting in a Computer Programming and Meteorology

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My freshman year at Cornell University, I was sitting in a Computer Programming and Meteorology class when Professor Mark Wysocki(the New York State Climatologist) succeeded in attracting me to the study of computer graphic information systems through nothing more than a single sentence. He argued that, when a company adopts computer programming as the chief form of technology, it frees itself to pursue new boundaries, because new computer languages can always be created for each new problem.. I was immediately fascinated by the idea that the computer programming can alter individual lives, affect one's identity, and perhaps even shape national identity. Professor Wysocki’s proposal forced me to think in a radically new way: I was…show more content…
On a more practical level, writing the thesis also confirmed my suspicion that I would like to pursue an academic career. When I started my undergraduate career, I felt that a couple of years of professional work would give me a better perspective of graduate school. I decided to secure a position which would grant me experiences far removed from the academic world, yet which would also permit me to continue developing the research skills I needed to tackle the challenges of graduate school. I fulfilled this goal by working as a sales associate at a Kmart for two years. The experience has been both enjoyable and invaluable -- to the point where colleagues glance at me with a puzzled look when I tell them I am leaving the job to go to school. In fact, my willingness to leave such a dynamic, high-paying job to pursue my passion for earth science only reflects my keen determination to continue along the academic path. Through a Ph.D. program, I plan to further explore the issues I confronted during my undergraduate years by integrating the study of ship icing into the realm of atmospheric science. I believe that, by adopting tools used in such disciplines, methods of inquiry can be formulated that allow for the interpretation of works that are both technically sound and sociologically insightful. Thus far, my studies have concentrated largely on physical science. I have conducted independent scientific research since 7th grade. These papers have included topics on

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